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Posted by Liz R on October 09, 2000 at 01:51:43:

In Reply to: Is this typical behavior for an autistic child???? posted by Nancy on October 07, 2000 at 14:12:10:

Dear Nancy,

Isn't there any other doctor that can evaluate her? I don't blame you for doubting the diagnosis. Have you looked at the diagnostic criteria for autism and compared it with your daughter's behavior?
It is important to let the school evaluate her so she can get the services she needs. I wouldn't try to paint her in the best possible light to the evaluators at the school. You should really be objective about her behavior so she can get the services she needs.
I don't doubt that my son is autistic. In fact I was expecting this diagnosis before it was given. All I had to do was an internet search on speech delay. I found page after page about autism and on every page that listed symptoms, I found Joe.
Of course, he hasn't always been this way. I think that autism is just a cop out diagnosis by the medical profession. This isn't a birth defect. Something has happened to our children to cause them to be this way. When Joe's Fragile X test and MRI were over and showed nothing, I asked my doctor what tests we should do next. She told me that I had already done more than most parents. I can't believe that a parent can just watch a child disappear into himself and not wonder what in the world happened.
If you feel that Lyme disease caused this and that there might be another condition that warrants treatment, I would at least get another opinion. I no longer view doctors as being the final word about everything. I have three children and they have seen probably ten different doctors that are in the pediatric practice I have always taken them to. Errors have been made in prescriptions given, poor judgement calls have been made with regard to treatment, and immunizations have been given out of order because of office router problems.
Most recently, I was told by a pediatrician that Zithromax wasn't used for ear infections even though it was heavily advertised for this purpose in the mid 90's.
You know your daughter better than the neurologist who is not super human. If you doubt this diagnosis, I would try to find another doctor and get another opinion.

Best Wishes,

Hi All,

: My daughter is 3 and high functioning. Her behavior of late confuses me. Just a month ago, Goofy was her favorite character and couldn't get enough of him. I noticed she hadn't seen the video for awhile so I asked her if she wanted to watch it. She ran out of the room, screaming and yelling, no! When she finally calmed down I asked her if Goofy scared her. Her reaction was actually violen!. She started hitting, kicking and punching me. Her face turned beat red and she cried hysterically. She wouldn't speak to me for at least an hour and was very sullen. The same thing happened again when my husband said something to her. He was trying to get her to understand it's okay to be scared. She really upset us by saying she didn't love Daddy anymore and never wanted him to hug her again. She frequently becomes afraid of things she used to like but never reacted in a violent manner. Is this typical or is something else going on? I'm afraid she's going to turn into a violent child. I'd like to hear what someone thinks. Thanks to all who reply.

: Nancy

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