I wanted to let Sima know of the progress we are making with my daughter Lisa.
Since we saw you in December your report has been really key in opening doors for us. CAHMS have used your findings to progress us to the next stage of diagnosis, high praise indeed as we were told that private information may be disregarded by the NHS!! The member of the team we saw said that your recommendations were fantastic and that we should absolutely use all your ideas as they would help significantly (this I already knew as your recommendations always have a huge impact).
However Lisa wanted to know quickly if she is on the spectrum so we embarked upon a private diagnosis which was completed yesterday with an autistic specialist team in London. They found your report very detailed and thorough so did not need to repeat any of the same assessment. Their findings were as you suspected, she IS on the spectrum. She would have been diagnosed as Asperger's in the past. It is subtle and mild but definitely present.
What has been so empowering for Lisa is that all the professionals she has seen have stated how positively she comes out of your report and that they too have seen what a wonderful bright, humorous and potential filled girl she is.
Amazingly since finding out yesterday, Lisa's repetitive and anxious behaviours have hardly shown at all. Knowledge IS power!
Thank you for your support, kindness and incredible knowledge, you have significantly helped us to make our daughter’s future a brighter place.
Mrs N, Brighton