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Posted by MOLLY on September 19, 2000 at 16:38:53:

In Reply to: I still can't accept the autism diagnosis posted by Nancy on September 19, 2000 at 15:44:24:

There are many disorders under the umbrella of "AUTISM". Some doctors might say "autistic", some will say "Pervasive development disorder", some might say "delayed speech", or even "autistic-like traits". One doctor told me that my son was going to be diagnosed as "autistic" so he would qualify for the help he needed to get OT and SPEECH THERAPY. No two cases are identical and it certainly sounds as though your daughter has very few traits, however, if this enables you to get help for her, it might be a good thing. Keep up the hugging and kissing and eye contact and encourage her speech. Also, encourage pointing. (My sons teacher takes a book and says "They threw the red ball. Do you know where the red ball is?" The teachers aid stands behind him and at that time takes his hands and helps him point to the object.)Just keep working with her. Also, try to make her say what she wants. (We try three or four times and then give him what we know he wants, but continue saying the word of what it is.) He now says what he wants, but we make him say "I want ---, please." and Saturday for the 1st time without prompting he said it."(We have been saying this for about 8 months.) Do not be too upset. Just continue to work with her. God bless you all.

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