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Monday, 14 January 2013

Finally, Our Assessment

Today was the day we had been waiting for.  Josie was finally going to have her assessment.  Kevin and I were looking forward to it, with fear, anxiety and a sense of relief. 

The assessment process itself was easy, but for me it was emotionally draining.  The questions, the comments, watching her interacting with Josie....  Having her point out things I had never noticed, and hearing her comment on things that I had thought were so improved...  it was tough.  Having her ask us if we were concerned about autism and why we were concerned...  At that moment, I somehow convinced myself that she was going to tell us that Josie was okay, and I was projecting my fears on her.

So, it came as a shock when she said "Your daughter has what we call Autism Spectrum Disorder."

It shouldn't have been a shock, but it was.  We hadn't even told her everything!  Was it that obvious?  I had gotten so used to people trying to tell me that Josie was fine, and to have somebody actually, finally come out and say otherwise made me feel surreal.  And we had not expected to leave with a diagnosis in hand.

I hardly remember the rest of the appointment.  There was talk of our treatment options, and a huge list of people for me to call.  A textbook about intervention was given to us.  None of it felt real, I felt like I was in a dream.

I am still processing the information. 

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