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  • MelcyclesMelcycles Member Posts: 2 Listener
    My name is Mel, I am new here and hoping for some advice. My son, aged 16, has his first hospital appointment looking at a possible adhd or asd diagnosis next week and I really dont know what to expect.  Is there anyone here who can offer any advice?
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  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    edited August 2019
    Hello @Melcycles
    Bring a pen so you can take notes during the appointment. Also prepare a list of questions to ask them. Make sure they respect you. Ask to see any reports etc as well. Discuss your concerns with their teachers. Perhaps they will have suggestions to offer you. Mention your concerns to your family doctor. 
    Ask your GP to refer you to a autism specialist for further assessment and testing. Remember that there is no single test that can tell you for sure but there are signs to be aware of when it comes to autism. The assessment will take some time so be patient. Find out about all treatment options including medicine and therapies. 
    Join a support group. This is always recommended. What about social skills training? I find that groups made up of parents also with a child with the same condition are worth joining. If nothing else you can swap ideas and strategies worth trying out. 
  • MelcyclesMelcycles Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thats very useful, thank you.  This is all fairly new to me so feeling my way forward, i think I will get there but its not a quick fix
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    Melcycles said:
    Thats very useful, thank you.  This is all fairly new to me so feeling my way forward, i think I will get there but its not a quick fix
    Don’t forget about respite care either! 
  • jessopjessop Member Posts: 7 Listener
    edited August 2019
    Hi I'm Alan I'm looking for PDA adults to talk to.

    Not many about 
    Thanks 👍

    Sorry lol wrong place 
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