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Posted by Liz R on September 19, 2000 at 21:28:31:

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

: My daughter was just diagnosed 2 weeks ago. She's 3 years old and has a speech delay. She is always
: ready to hug and kiss us and is affectionate to others. Her eye contact is excellent except for the
: occasions where she doesn't understand the question. The neurologist asked me if she points and I said
: no. Unfortunately I never noticed, if you can believe that! When I went looked back on video tapes she
: pointed but I wouldn't say she did it a lot. She does point to things when I ask her where they are.
: As for understanding facial expressions she know exactly how we feel. If I pretend I'm sad she'll come
: over and tell me not cry and starts kissing me. My daughter is an only child and is used to playing by
: herself. When we are around other children she will join in play at the sand box or go on the slide but
: still likes to go off by herself. Her communication is good and can tell us what she wants. Basically my
: husband and I (and many others) find her to be happy, friendly and normal. I have written before
: regarding her bout with Lyme Disease and how her behavior changed since then. She has many more
: temper tantrums and suddenly became fearful of things she used to love. I guess this is why the
: Neurologist thinks she's Autistic. I'd love to hear what you think. I'm not looking for a diagnosis but just
: a few opinions as to whether this is typical Autism. Thanks to all who reply!


Dear Nancy,

I agree with Dad. I think that you should have her evaluated by a developmental pediatrician and/or a psychologist. My son was diagnosed by a team of 4 people. This team included a developmental pediatrician, psychologist, and two residents. He was also evaluated by a speech therapist, occupational therapist and had his hearing tested all over the course of two weeks.
It sounds like she is very high functioning. I know that a diagnosis can be hard and it is easy to be in denial for a while, but you have some very good reasons for doubting this diagnosis. If you are having doubts, I would get a second opinion.

Sincerely,

Liz R.

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