I don't post often, so the background is that my son is 5 and was diagnosed with ASD at 2.5. He has received speech therapy continuously since he was 18 months, and attended an integrated preschool program this school year. He will be mainstreamed in K next year. Other than speech and a social skills group, he has not had any treatments or therapies specific to the ASD. I made the appointment with the developmental pediatrician because I feel like I'm not getting enough information about his development from his pediatrician. The ASD doesn't really come up at his well child visits since it's pretty subtle, and when I've asked specific questions about resources or treatment, they aren't very helpful. I wanted him to see a doctor that can give us feedback on what we need to be doing specifically regarding Autism, and also to screen for ADHD (he has ants in his pants ALL THE TIME, and much of his IEP seems appropriate for a child with ADHD).
Visit started off not so great when we were kept waiting for half an hour because he forgot that we were there and got sidetracked. In order to get this appointment, I had to fill out a HUGE amount of paperwork, and submit copies of every evaluation he's ever had from his school, the school district, Early Intervention, and his SLPs. The doctor had read none of it. Not a word. In fact, he had to ask me what my son's diagnosis was. We spent most of the appointment with me summarizing the information that was in all of that paperwork while he typed it into the computer. He actually thanked me for helping him write up the report. Thanks, dude. With regard to my questions and concerns, his basic response was that our state sucks at wrap around services, and he wishes that he had some suggestions but he doesn't. He'll have a social worker follow up with me, because maybe she knows something. He told me that we could try ABA, but didn't really give any compelling arguments for or against it. And he only spent a few minutes actually interacting with my son.
I honestly feel that it was a waste of my time. Does anyone know if this is normally how these appointments work? I'm trying to determine if this doctor just isn't a good fit, or if there just isn't a reason for my son to see a developmental pediatrician. He wants us to come back in 6 months, but I don't see the point. I've gotten better information from the internet.