Hello I believe I can help you with your concern about your step-son.
I definitely understand your concerns about his behavior and while I do have a few ideas on the possible causes for these behaviors based on the symptoms you described (e.g. Autism Spectrum disorder or a Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified), these would just be educated guesses based on what you described. The best option for you to get an accurate diagnosis would be to seek a Child Psychologist that specializes in Testing and Evaluation. These types of psychologists would perform a battery of tests for your step-son to confirm the diagnosis and then would write a report explaining the diagnosis for you and your step-son. After that, the psychologist will also explain treatment recommendations as well that may involve therapy, medication, and other services. I could recommend a few for you if you like, all I would need would be your zip code. These types of psychologists are not numerous, so if you live in a rural area, you may have to travel to a larger city to seek the services from a Child Assessment Psychologist..
Typically what happens when seeing a child assessment psychologist is an initial intake evaluation that involves numerous questions to allow for the psychologist to get an idea of symptoms and what appropriate tests to perform. Then the psychologist will set up a variety of days to administer the assessments (usually these assessments can be tiring and long, so it is not advisable to do all of them in one day). Then after the assessments are completed, the psychologist will take some time to review the results, interpret them, and write a report. After that, the psychologist will call you and your step-son back to review the results and recommendations for you. Then the psychologist will give you a copy of the report for your records.
So if you would like I would be happy to recommend a good Child Assessment Psychologist in your area for your step-son.
Yes I would like to find a child assessment psychologist. Our zip code is 92399. He is also currently on Medi-Cal, are there any physicians who accept Medi-Cal?
Some psychologists do not state if they accept Medi-Cal or not, but I will do my best to look for you
Give me a few minutes to compile a list for you
So I believe that these psychologists are best to evaluate your step-son. I used to go to school at the University of Redlands, so I know the area well and these psychologists are very professional although I am not sure if they accept MediCal or not. The first psychologist does use a wide variety of accepted insurance plans though
In addition, these psychologists also have fair prices and will not overcharge you for testing and evaluation I found.