Please note that threads in this topic are removed from the archive 90 days after the thread was started. If you would like your thread to be retrievable for longer than that, please choose another topic in which to post it. Our SN area is not a substitute for expert advice. While many Mumsnetters have a specialist knowledge of special needs, if they post here they are posting as members, not experts. There are, however, lots of organisations that can help - some suggestions are listed here.

Diagnosis of siblings

(5 Posts)
Sheneverdid Thu 06-Mar-14 11:00:36

Did you find that when one of your Dc had already been diagnosed with ASD that professionals tended to listen to your concerns regarding any other Dc more so than they did with the first Dc?

ouryve Thu 06-Mar-14 11:46:24

Yes and no. When DS2 wasn't meeting motor or language milestones, it was suggested, at first, that I might be looking for things and that some siblings copy dysfunctional behaviour. HV still thought we should wait and see when he still wasn't walking or talking at 16m. She did make the formal referral at 20m, though.

DS1's paed, OTOH was glad when the formal referral had come through and the diagnosis was more about assessing his precise difficulties than is he, isn't he.

autumnsmum Thu 06-Mar-14 13:07:22

Yes when we were concerned about dd2 the fact her older brother has autism did mean a lot of professionals did take our concerns seriously

coppertop Thu 06-Mar-14 14:18:23

Yes. I first raised concerns about ds1 when he was 18mths old, when I initially thought he might have a hearing problem. He was given a full assessment when he was about 3.5yrs old.

I mentioned my concerns about ds2 when he was around 14mths old. He was assessed just after his 2nd birthday.

blossbloss Thu 06-Mar-14 15:06:11

Yes we were taken much more seriously too and were able to argue our case much more confidently.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now