Shortly after, my husband lost his job, and our state insurance changed because our income decreased, and we had to switch doctors (for the 2nd time for my youngest). I found a copy of the MCHAT test (the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) and brought it to the new paediatrician. He referred us to the Developmental Clinic to make appointments for testing, and agreed that it was something to look at.
This whole ordeal could have delayed our process. But it didn't at all. An appointment was available 6 months out. And we were immediately referred to Early Intervention, which took place in our home even while we dealt with the hospital issues, and did not require a diagnosis. My younger son received his PDD-NOS diagnosis just before his 2nd birthday, about a month after his brother received his.
I'm happy that we had our diagnoses so quickly, although I had known sooner. But I am also very sympathetic to the extreme length of time it seems to take in BC, and how many hoops there are to jump through. Keep strong, BC moms.