Hello dear friends!! I am still around just going through a busy spell with grandma moving out, yard sale, end of the school year (report cards) and another roller coaster ride for support for my son. I am calling on the experts out there hoping to get some answers today. For those of you who know, my son has had some exceptional challenges over the past few years. I shared long ago what it was like for my son to have Sensory Processing Disorder. I shared that he has had multiple assessments and diagnoses. Our journey is not over yet. About 2+ years ago after a comprehensive assessment we were no further ahead with answers...with the exception of the psychologist's comment that I have a very complex child who would need further assessment between the ages of 8-9. Flash forward to now. My son will be 9 in a few short weeks. We are awaiting the autism referral. The problem is that the previous assessments are very confusing and so his referral is "complex" too. They are not entirely sure what to do (as in do the assessment or not)...One of the key factors in this process is Andrew's previous diagnosis of DCD (developmental coordination disorder). The woman from the referral team I spoke to said that if he has DCD he will not get an autism diagnosis. I seriously do not understand how that can be. Co-morbid conditions exist. If you are a professional in this field or know someone who can share some insight could you please e-mail me or post below. It frustrates me to no end that I have professionals who SEE that my son has Aspergers and yet somehow we are not getting this diagnosis. I am a special education teacher and honestly although I cannot diagnosis him from a medical standpoint he is a child with Aspergers for sure. He is very high functioning and yet has some significant delays, impairments, language issues, narrow interests and non-verbal communication problems (very low social skills) and more. Thank you for reading this, sharing this with others and for your input. I will continue to support my son in whatever ways I can...I am just tired of a system without answers. And for a mum who has been working on this for so long, jumping through the hoops etc it would be nice to know how I can help him next. Interestingly, my journey as a mum with special needs has certainly helped me in my role as a special education teacher. It is always a blessing to be able to work and talk with families and help support them on their journey too.