Re: New Here- Some Questions
NO, your daughter is not at all a "lost cause". Please do not think this. You have caught her problems at a very early age and there is LOTS and LOTS of interventions that can be done to help her.
ABA (applied behavioral analysis) therapy could probably be very helpful for her. I have seen and heard of great strides that kids have made with this therapy. The developmental ped would probably be the one to give you the referrals for this. In the meantime, call your local school district and ask to talk with the special education director and tell him/her about the provisional diagnosis and ask what she would be eligible through the school district.
Also, call your local county office of developmental disabilities and ask to talk with a case worker and explain your situation and see what early intervention services (speech therapy, etc.) are available for her.
Some people start private speech therapy with a private speech therapist. You could get a referral for this from the developmental peds office - the staff should be able to give you some names of s.t.'s that specialize in working with children with autism.
As I said earlier, ABA is a very popular and proven therapy for children with autism. My son is older so we did the traditional speech therapy as it wasn't available or well known as it is now.
What you don't realize now is that your daughter is very young which puts her at a great advantage for being able to have therapies that will have an impact. Get started now to make the calls and get things rolling. Also call the devel. peds office and put yourself on a list for an earlier appt. in case there is a cancellation.
Once you get your daughter started in therapies, believe me, you will begin to feel better and I know that you'll see many changes. Keep us posted. Oh, regarding diet, I have heard of some parents who find success with the gluten free/casein free diet (we never did this but some say it has made a difference). Check it out on the internet. Taking her off milk may or may not be the answer. Is there a DAN (defeat autism now) Dr. in your area - they usually have the resources and information about diet management, just as an FYI. But I think you could also discuss diet issues with the developmental ped.
Last edited by Mira11; 09-24-2009 at 10:43 PM.
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