So, this therapy is VERY important for Jayden for several reasons, but mainly so that he can at least be prepared to transition to the school system. At this point, he cannot sit still for activities and does not like to do anything as a group (even one on one) and he does not like to follow directions. He's okay as long as the activity is NOT structured and I know that won't fly in school.
So there is only ONE clinic in this town that does the therapy and Tricare has agreed to pay them for Jayden's services (yay for Tricare for finally stepping up to the plate!). My only problem is the behavior analyst and her opinion on what is and what isn't autism. She, of course, rec'd the referral from Jayden's dev. pedi explaining her findings, diagnosis of PDD-NOS, and what she feels he needs as far as therapy goes. The lady actually told me that she disagrees with the Dr and that she doesn't believe that Jayden has autism b/c he can talk. Yep. That's what she said!! Ridiculous. She keeps making comments about how she doesn't think he needs the therapy, but since he was referred she will go on and add him to her schedule and maybe he can teach her a thing or two. So obviously, she hasn't witnessed Jayden at his worse. And this is b/c everytime she sees him, she gives him control. The first time, the eval, she sat on the couch and he played on the floor. Of course he was fine b/c she didn't intruyde in his space. His first session with her was last week and she sat on the floor with him while he played with the toys (and never once made eye contact with her). She tried to get him to identify some objects on flashcards and he ignored her and she put the flashcards away. Of course he's going to do great with that b.c he has control, but in school when it's time to switch activities, he has to switch and that's when a problem will arise. When we were leaving, he had a BIG fit (transitioning) and I asked him if he was ready to clean up and he threw a container across the room and fell out. The lady told me that I shouldn't have asked him, I should have told him, but I did let her know that it honestly doesn't matter at this point if I ask him or tell him, he doesn't like to transition and there's always this huge fit. She asked me what do we do when he has these fits in public and I told her that we leave wherever we are or we just don't take him places. She says, Well it sounds like you handle it right by doing that. But I asked her "How would you feel if you had to leave a place EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. or if you just didn't go places b/c you knew your child would be out of control." She just nodded her head. I just don't think she understands, but I know eventually Jayden will show her what he is capable of. I sort of feel like her opinion on what is and what isn't autism is hindering her desire to work with him. IDK. I know it's still early in the process, but if she continues to make these comments about him not needing this therapy, I may end up telling her something very nasty!