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Posted by Dad on September 20, 2000 at 16:14:29:

In Reply to: Re: I still can't accept the autism diagnosis posted by MOLLY on September 19, 2000 at 16:38:53:

I am the first person to say that the likelihood of underlying medical issues is the trigger or intensifier for what will almost assuredly turn out to be the majority of autistic children. I believe that Kanners is still quite rare, and probably hasn't changed in reate of occurance.

But autism in diagnosis and treatment remains firmly in the hands of psychologists at this point in time, and to trust a medical doctor with limited experience in either dx or treatment is extremely foolish.

Your HMO won't cover any of the therapies for autism, neither will Medeciad.

With the exception of metal chelation and gfcf therapies, all of the successful methods of alleviating the worst of the behavir problems and communication shortcomings are psychological in nature. It's going to be hard enough to get proper services out of the schools without wasting alot of time trying to find a doctor who will open their minds to these possibilities.

In time, as research supports the anecdotal evidence behind the various medical pathologies, this will gradually change. But here and now you need to see an experienced chilhood developmental psychiologist to accurately diagnosis what is wrong with your child. To get a label of autism when it is not true, orvice versa is to waste precious time getting help for your child during the all too critical first 8 years of his (her) life.

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