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Posted by karen s. on August 13, 2000 at 04:39:34:

In Reply to: Could this be autism? posted by Cathy on August 13, 2000 at 02:01:01:

Our son is not yet three and was diagnosed several months ago. However, I am sure like many of these parents, we have done alot of reading on the subject. One of the most helpful books was Targeting Autism by Shirley Cohen. We ordered it from Asperger Syndrome is described...after I read this book the description reminded me of a relative who is 14 and has a hard time making friends, extending conversations, has to be spoken to slowly and repeated, etc. She is a nice girl but having a hard time, and I can't help but think things may just be a little bit easier if she had a label, a description that would let her know she is not alone. The label would help her peers too; instead of making fun of her, knowing she has a disability would allow for her odd behaviors to be categorized (Her mother will not hear of her tested or labeled).As much as we dislike this idea of categorization, it is a reality in society: computer geek, jock, etc. These, of course, are issues we have had and will continue to deal with our young son. It is easier now that we have told our friends he is autistic. His odd behaviors, avoidance of peers, etc., don't have to be explained. And most importantly, we have a direction to go to work on this. Good luck with the reading and listen to your instincts.

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