Bennett's doctor has kind of gone back & forth over the past couple of years, trying to decide if Bennett's developmental delays were more serious then just a simple "delay." When he was around 3 y/o, there was talk of the possibility of Autism. But we decided to wait it out for a bit because his "symptoms' weren't severe and there was a hope that he'd grow through the delays and come out the other side with flying colors. For his 4 Year appointment, she wasn't convinced it was Autism anymore, because a lot of the classic symptoms weren't there. So, honestly, I just kind of let it go for a bit.
But the past few months, as he's been interacting and spending more time around other kids, I feel that it's become more apparent that there could be something more going on. We recently had an appointment with a new doctor, who agreed and gave us a referral for a developmental/pediatric psychologist. Luckily, if he does land on the Autism Spectrum, it will most likely show that he's on the super high functioning end of it. Which is awesome, but I would still like to know one way other the other. Only thing is that we have to wait FOUR months to get in to see the psychologist because of the wait list. Ugh.
I have a lot of mixed emotions. On the one hand, it breaks my heart to think that Bennett could be diagnosed with Autism. Not because there is anything wrong with him, or we can't handle it, or because it will change anything in our family. But because I hate labels and the stigma that goes a lot with it. I don't want that to affect him negatively. I don't want him treated differently or poorly (by other kids) because of this "label." You know? But on the other hand, an official diagnosis will be so beneficial for him, because he'll have access to the assistance and therapies that he will need to help him progress.
Regardless of the outcome, it won't change a thing. He's still one of the most incredible little boys I've ever seen. He's kind, caring and thoughtful and still has a heart of gold. We'll weather whatever storms come our way and we'll be just fine. Better than fine, actually.
I will continue to keep updating about this, because someone needs to. People are too hush hush about these kinds of things and instead of silence, there needs to be more support.