Pardon my brain fart on the M-CHAT being for screening. I think you will 'get' what i am asking though, so I will leave the post as is.
So, my DS (age 2) is coming up on his f/u developmental eval. He hasnt been dx'd, but was labeled "at risk" for autism. I know he is doing better now, but I also know he is still displaying some of the things they were concerned about. I guess I am trying to get an idea as to if they might dish out an Autism diagnosis at that appointment or not so I can prepare for it mentally. I will be going solo with DS to the appt (dh is deployed).
When I did the M-CHAT back in June (his initial appt), he got a 6. Now, a 3.
The red flags I am still seeing are: Not pointing to share interest/ask for something (he points to investigate and to show me things I ask about in books), he doesnt imitate my making faces (to be fair, I havent done this much), and doesnt have great name response (maybe 40%, à big improvement over 4%). Not on the questionairre, but I know flagged by the initial doc, complex motor stereotypy...specifically to things that move like cars, waterfalls, movie credits. Also not on the questionairre: He rarely waves. He will spontaneously hug and kiss, but not wave.
He has had HUGE improvements in language. He was just humming (incessantly) six months ago. Today he has said three sentences, à half dozen phrases, maybe 20 words, and his receptive language has taken off. His imitative play is good (driving tractor with motor noises, hugging/kissing/walking dolls). His involvement and interest in the world around him has improved so much...he is so much more engaged.
I guess I will go into that appt prepared to hear them say it's ASD. I guess I just dont know how much weight what he still does/doesnt do carries, kwim?
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