Re: 18 month old, doctor wants evaluation for autism
mlbrooks: I have a friend that has taken some psychology classes and conducted extensive research on autism and when she asked her professors why doctors are so quick with an autism diagnosis and they stated that doctors and clinics do receive kickbacks the more children are in their program. I am in the same boat as you with my granddaughter who just turned 2 last month. Believe me when I say that I am not saying that all parents, or your daughter, of possibe autistic children only have them tested in the hopes of extra monetary assistance from the government. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am only stating the facts in my granddaughter's case and I know that my granddaughter's parents are already banking on the extra financial assistance from the government so that the mother can give up her job and be paid to stay at home. Children can not learn what they are not taught. Additionally, children need proper nutrition for their minds and body to develop and my granddaughter is not getting either at home. My granddaughter is no more autistic than I am and I am praying each and every day that God will look after her so that the testing proves the inadequacies of her parents, not my granddaughter. If I had any inkling that she may have autism I would do whatever it took to get her the help. Unfortunately, just as you have stated, this does take away the attention and money from other children who do have autism and desperately need the help.