The new pediatrician was of no help whatsoever. They called around and spoke to the psychiatrists that they had recommended and called me back with the updates: 1) “They don’t see patients under the age of 6” and 2) “send the patient to Kennedy Krieger” (Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute).
I begged the pediatrician to please just prescribe a low dose medication to help with Joseph’s anxiety so he can function and get back to school and his regular life. The doctor wouldn’t budge.
Having just started a new job, I was eligible to sign up for healthcare benefits for the whole family. I was trying to avoid this since the kids are eligible for the Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) and it’s a big cost savings on our one income budget; but since Joseph’s previous developmental pediatrician is in my workplace’s healthcare plan, I quickly signed us all up for United Healthcare UHC and scheduled an appointment for Joseph to be seen.
Other good news is that Kennedy Krieger seem to be moving quicker into getting us seen by a psychiatrist since Joseph does have an official diagnosis of Autism. They have sent me instructions and a social story to go over with Joseph for the day of his appointment. Social stories are a tool for individuals with Autism to go over and understand what will take place during a social event such as a doctor’s appointment. Here is a snapshot of the social story Kennedy Krieger sent me.
We are very relieved to be returning to Joseph’s original pediatrician and going to Kennedy Krieger in the future. Our goal is to give him all the tools he needs in order to keep learning and growing.