Diagnoses like ADHD, Autism, or Learning Disorders used to be associated with some stigma. But we’ve come a long way in how we understand, teach, and support these kids. According to the CDC, nearly 10% of children will be diagnosed with ADHD and almost 2% will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in their lifetime. And the needs and personalities of these kids are as diverse as they come! Through neuropsychological testing, parents get to learn about their child’s strengths and weaknesses and use that information to advocate for resources at school or in the community, as well as different types of therapies. A diagnosis is an official, cohesive way of describing those needs and communicating them to doctors, teachers, and other important people in your child’s life.
A formal diagnosis is one tool that can help children qualify for services such as an IEP, 504 plan, or ABA therapy. It can also provide documentation to jobs, clubs, and other organizations about what types of teaching and supports can help a child feel confident, participate, make friends, and learn to the best of their ability. While schools and insurance companies are the ones who ultimately make the decision about what services will be provided, a comprehensive neuropsychological report can provide the framework and the evidence that these services are beneficial to a child’s learning and development. The team at Eyas Landing can provide more information and guidance on what these processes look like.
While a diagnostic label can be scary for parents, for many children, teens, and even adults, it can be a doorway to self-understanding. Being able to say “Oh, this is why I do that!” or “Wait, other people do this too? I’m not alone?” can be a powerful experience. From finding supportive communities, to developing a positive identity, self-advocacy starts with understanding your needs and it’s the goal of the team at Eyas Landing to support this journey.
Not all children need testing. Many will thrive without these formalized interventions. They may benefit from things such as tutoring, talk therapy, or other interventions that don’t require extensive testing. And if you’re on the fence, there’s lots of options to try! You can start by talking to teachers about supports they can provide in the classroom, like fidgets or check-in sessions, enrolling your child in peer group activities, or meeting with a therapist or pediatrician to learn more about how to best support your child.