*****FROM ABC NEWS MEDICAL UNIT*****
Hi Jennhplus2 and thank you for your question. Here is an answer to your question from Sheila Wagner, M.Ed., Assistant Director, Emory Autism Center:
I'm sorry that you are having such a hard time getting help. Unfortunately, there is no substitute for a good solid, comprehensive evaluation to see if your daughter does indeed, have Asperger's Disorder. 5 months seems like a long time to get an evaluation, but in this business, because there are so few that really understand how to do a full, comprehensive evaluation, that is quite short. Please continue to pursue the evaluation. Also, contact your school's special education department and tell them that your daughter is having great difficutly and you want to have her evaluated for services. Send a written letter outlining all the areas of difficulty that she is having and request a meeting to discuss it. Has she already been through the Student Support Team process? If not, ask your daughter's teacher to discuss that process with you. I cannot answer the insurance question, but I know it is a struggle for many. That will have to be taken up with your insurance commission in your state.
I hope this was somewhat helpful to you and wish you the best of luck.