Yesterday's meeting the educational psychologists went much better than expected. My son's teacher could not make it as she has been ill much of the week, but his teacher from last year (who is also asst. head) came in her place. I thought we were meeting with a group of people, but actually it was just two psychologists and the teacher so it was very informal. After a lenghty discussion and completion of an 80 question diagnostic it is the general consensus that my son has ADHD and should now obtain a referral to a specialist.
It was also suggested though that we go back to our GP and ask for a separate referral to a specialist for Tourette's syndrome. They did not think, for various reasons, that he has Asperger's, mainly because he is highly creative and also has a sense of humour (doesn't take everything literally as most asperger people do). Several other issues though stand out as Tourette's which is equally troubling to me, as it is not really well understood in general society.
So it all seems very roundabout, as we now have to wait for two separate referrals before actually seeing a specialist to find out what our options are. Also, any assistance in school will not come until a formal diagnosis is made, as I understand, which could take months. But as the teacher said, at least they have some understanding of what is going on and can better adjust thier teaching around him in that way. Although I don't know if that's going to make much difference in my son's eyes as I just learned that he is now sitting at a table by himself due to his constant motion and flailing arms etc. His teacher from last year said she noticed he seems to be a lot lonlier on the playground than last year, and we have noticed that he hasn't received any birthday party invites this year, as he did last year. This is very sad for me, and I can only imagine how misunderstood he must be feeling. In fact that was one of the questions on the diagnostic, 'has your child stopped being invited to friends houses/parties/play etc?'