Hi, my little autism angel is 5, she started prep this year.
She has alot of developmental delays, and some autistic traits, but is mild compared to some others.
We knew there was something not right from when she was about 6mths old. I had workd in childcare and knew what kids her age should and shouldnt be doing, but of course no one would believe me "let her be a kid, she'll come good" so i didnt do anything about it. Then when she started kindy when she was 3, they picked up on all the things I had known about, and got the ball rolling with checklists, assessments, and we went from there. We were put on the waiting list for the public paed whom we didnt see til mid last year (after we had taken it on to get her speech/ot/psych assessments and help. We had one paed say it is "highly likely" but come back in 3 mths, then wen we went back, he was away and there was a locum who said, "no, its not asd, just developmental delay" i was so confused, all the evidence was pointing at it, yet no one would say, so we finally went private back in september last year and got a diagnosis, straight up. The kindy was saying that she might be better off doing another year with them, that she wasnt ready for prep, etc, but we chose to enrol her in prep in a mainstream school, with a seu. So shes been there now for 4 wks, and has started at the seu just this week. She came so far in the last 2 years with the extra help and support we got, we are just hoping she doesnt revert back, as the paed has warned us.