According to Dr. Cotton getting a timely diagnosis is all about communication, “talk to the child, talk to the teacher then gather all that information and talk to the pediatrician.”
Pediatrician or Teacher – Who Really Makes a Diagnosis?
If your experience is anything like mine you may get the run around. You tell your pediatrician your concerns, but they need more information from teachers. You share the same concerns with your child’s teacher and they point to the pediatrician.
In this interview Dr. Cotton shares more about what a pediatrician can do to help you get your child diagnosed. Just as each child is different, each school is different, each doctor is different. But one thing is the same, your desire to help your child get the tools they need to succeed. The most important thing to remember is getting data!
Whether you start off by talking to your child’s teacher or a pediatrician is irrelevant, the important thing is to proactively start the conversation. DON’T WAIT for them to move the process along. They may not. It is up to you to push for an evaluation.
Arm yourself with the tools you need and know that you are not alone!