I plan to write about the assessment in detail, as I did last time (not because anything particularly untoward or interesting happened, just because it interests me), but, of course, it’ll probably take weeks to get that finished. So, in the meantime, here is the summary:
Jamie tested at the four-year-old level on visual and receptive language skills, two-year-old level on interactive social and self-care social, three-year-old level on locomotor and spoken language, and thirty-month level on manipulative and cognitive skills. (As far as I can tell, the score on cognitive skills is due to the fact that this area on the test looks at some interactive-type skills as well as other things.) The health visitor thinks he’s clearly a very bright little child (slight pause for parental smugness) but agrees that, in view of the things we’ve collectively noticed, paediatric referral is warranted at this stage, and she is arranging this. Meanwhile, she thinks we should phone round the various playgroups in the region to see whether we can find any with some sessions free, as she thinks this would help him. (We’re going to put him down for extra sessions at the one he’s at, but those won’t be available until September.) She thinks that if he does have ASD then it’s extremely mild. In other words, basically what we thought already on all counts, but it’s nice to have it confirmed by someone else and to feel that wheels are in motion.