We have known for some time that Katie has some problems that are manifesting themselve in her school work. When a child can read a sentene extremely well one minute and the next minute it appears to be Greek, there is definitely a problem. In order to be good parents, we sought help from our primary care physician, who then gave us a set of questionaires (one for us and one for her teacher) to fill. Based upon the results of those, she referred us to a child psychologist.
There was some difficulty getting in to see her, because she preferred to make her own appointments. So it was a while before she returned my call, I had almost given up hope. We took Katie to see her and then the tests began. Being an extremely (and I do mean extremely active) six year old, there was difficulty in getting her to sit for any length of time. They really should see her at home. The phrase bing-bing-bing comes to mind. If you don't understand the phrase then you either: don't have children or have very placid children.
The day of reckoning came last Wednesday, the results from the tests. One of the first words I remeber hear was "quirky." The doctor appeared to think Katie had "quirky" behavior. I don't think I've ever heard that word in modern conversation. I would have to agree that there is a quirkiness to Katie, but I don't necessarily think that's a negative. I love her personality and the way she just loves everyone, we all could learn from that.
Then came the word "autistic." I could tell you I was floored, but it would be a lie. It had crossed my mind once or twice, but never really settled in. I'll confess I didn't know what being autistic really meant. This was not necessarily a diagnostic at this point, but it needs to be ruled out.
I've since done some research and I'm going to have to say, I don't see it. It's not because I don't want to, but autism appears to be social disorder wherein the child has difficulty in social settings. That doesn't appear to be Katie's problem, her problem as I see it is difficulty in focusing. That appears to be more of an ADHD type of issue.
I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I do know my child. I would appreciate your prayers, particularly that I would be a help and champion for Katie, in addition to a good and godly father.