Following on from Cameron’s Tac Meeting, we had a ‘Specialist’ Speech Therapist visit us this afternoon. However this was not the same Speech Therapist that had been attending Cameron’s TAC Meetings. She is now on long term sick. So this ‘Specialist’ was to come to our house to assess Cameron, having not met him previously and only going on notes she may or may have not read.
First of all she was late, I hate late people with a passion.
When she finally turned up. She came in and introduced herself to us and Cameron and sat down with the big box of toys she had brought over.
Cameron was really intrigued with the toys and wanted to play with all of them. She played with the toys with him. Gave him some tasks to do, like pretend a brick was a car or a frog or a plane or feed some Play Doh birthday cake to a doll and then make the doll go to bed. Cameron did really seem to enjoy himself, however he was tired from going to bed late last night and also having nursery this morning and that was apparent through this ‘assessment’.
We thought he did really well, but apparently that was just our opinion.
The Speech Therapist then gave us her conclusions. Baring in mind her conclusions are based on spending less than an hour playing with Cameron. She had never met him before and Cameron was just supposed to play with this random stranger who had entered his home. Lets also not forget the fact that he was very tired.
Her conclusions were the following:
- He has limited eye contact
- He has problems smiling
- His pretend play is not up to scratch.
- He doesn’t know how to communicate – For example to ask for things
- He is most definitely on the Austism Spectrum.
How I did not kick her out my house for these inaccuracies, I will never know.
Our Points Made
Cameron was faced with someone he did not know and expected to behave how he would behave with say me or Matt. That is stupid! Cameron will not really pay attention to people he does not know. He has perfect eye contact with those he does know.
Cameron does not have a problem with smiling. He is the happiest little boy I know and he is always smiling and laughing! Cameron can not be forced to smile if he does not want to, the same as you or I cant. So for her to come up with this is damn annoying. Even with his 6 week check up he was smiling, and smiling has never been an issue with him!
Pretend Play not up to scratch? REALLY!! What are the guidelines for a nearly three year old with pretend play? Cameron likes factual stuff. A car is a car, a plane is a plane! That does not make him Autistic! And also he spend 3 hours with my sister yesterday, playing Dr’s, Vets, Shops and playing with toy people going down a slide. So again she is WRONG.
Of course he can not ask for things in the way we would like. He has a SPEECH DELAY! Cameron will ask for things, by hand gestures or humming or taking us the object he wants and saying ‘Yes’ When we have found out what he wants.
And lastly, this ‘Specialist’ is looking at the Autism Spectrum. You may remember me saying that in the TAC meeting, it was agreed that Autism would not be looked into any more, instead focusing on Cameron’s needs. i.e. Help with his speech.
The ‘Specialist’s’ Reponse
When we told the Speech Therapist this she said that she was not told this. She literally then ignored everything we said and was going ahead to do the conclusion to where he would fit on the spectrum. Livid is an under statement. She is convinced he is Autistic. A Health Professional is convinced my child is Autistic in less than an hour time spent with him in one setting
So where do we go from here?
A meeting has been set up in a couple of weeks time to assess his understanding of things. Another thing she said he is lacking in. Which is total rubbish!
I have rang the Health Visitor and she is not sure what the Speech Therapist is playing at with the Autism stuff. She is going to ring her and find out.
My Mum, is not happy with how Matt and I are being ignored when it comes to our knowledge of Cameron. She knows we are right with what we say. She see’s Cameron, she sees that he does all the things we say and she thinks the Speech Therapist is wrong! So she is coming with us to the next meeting to ensure that we are heard. I will not have Cameron labelled with something he is quite clearly not.
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