The Diagnostic Merry-go-round

The following excerpt is taken from Chapter 2 of Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Finding a Diagnosis and Getting Help by Mitzi Waltz, copyright 2002 by O’Reilly & Associates, Inc. For book orders/information, call 1-800-998-9938. Permission is granted to print and distribute this excerpt for noncommercial use as long as the above source is included. The information in this article is meant to educate and should not be used as an alternative for professional medical care.

The diagnostic merry-go-round is incredibly frustrating. It’s especially hard to wait for another appointment, another referral, another opinion, when you feel that the opportunity to help a child is slipping away with every passing day.