Your child’s records are an essential piece of the information needed to perform a diagnostic evaluation. Asperger’s Disorder in particular is a disorder that relies heavily on a thorough history taking. Without records, the evaluator can rely only on what you tell him and what he observes in his office.
The following records are important for your doctor to consider in the diagnostic evaluation:
• Report cards
• Annual academic achievement test scores
• Individual education plans
• Notes sent home from school
• Educational testing reports
• Personality testing reports
• Asperger’s Disorder prior evaluation results
The easier you make it for your doctor to review the records the more likely it is that they will take the time to read them. Prepare a copy of all the records for the doctor to keep in her file. Call the doctor’s office and ask if you may send the records prior to the evaluation in case the doctor has time to review them before your visit. Organize your records by category and place them in order from oldest to most recent. This way the doctor can see the changes in your child from year to year by simply turning to the next page.