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 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Pointing and toddlers?

Posted: 14 Dec 2011, 9:50 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 11,272

Thank you all for your input!

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Getting Nervous About Psych Evaluation

Posted: 14 Dec 2011, 8:53 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 3,261

I really feel for you. We're seeing DD's ped tomorrow and will be leaving with a referral. There are absolutely days where I think, "I am totally over-reading all this stuff," because those are the days when she's *on.* She's present. Invariably, though, she'll go from being engaged and responsive t...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Poll 5: Parents of autistics unhappy with their children

Posted: 14 Dec 2011, 8:43 am 

Replies: 24
Views: 4,673

I'm an aspie mom with a little girl who is likely on the ASD spectrum. I understand where you're coming from, but this is 100% a theory of mind issue. As someone with an ASD, it's difficult to really understand what motivates parents of autistic children, and it's an aspie tendency to ascribe the mo...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Pointing and toddlers?

Posted: 13 Dec 2011, 1:47 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 11,272

Thank you for your reply! How interesting about your daughter- at this point I'd trade her pointing for face-checking in a heartbeat. I miss her little face! She presents as being such an advanced kiddo to other parents, but they don't understand that her "ability" to name everything she sees is far...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Pointing and toddlers?

 Post subject: Pointing and toddlers?
Posted: 13 Dec 2011, 10:56 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 11,272

Did/do your young ASD kids point? V (speech and social delay, no dx yet other than speech) just turned 2 yesterday and points but doesn't do any gaze-checking: if you ask "where's the cat?" she'll point at it while only looking at the cat. She also points out things to label: tree, car, airplane, et...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Prader-Willi syndrome

Posted: 12 Dec 2011, 11:14 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 3,707

My late sister (died of SIDS at 10 months) had Prader-Willi. I would be shocked if a child could make it to 9 years of age without a diagnosis- it's a very severe condition that has a lot of physical features, and almost always mild to severe mental retardation. That said, there is a connection betw...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Gotta love these questions

Posted: 04 Dec 2011, 2:59 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 1,388

So, PenguinMom?

Are you having puppies or what? :wink:

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Forcing special interests...

Posted: 29 Nov 2011, 1:53 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 2,377

Not what you want to hear, but knock it off. Very few kids thrive under such pressure. Your son has the right to his interests and the right to not feel that you're trying to exploit his interests. Sure, it's awesome to be able to hyperfocus on certain things, but as an aspie who is also a parent, I...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: I worry my 18 month old has aspergers

Posted: 28 Nov 2011, 8:38 am 

Replies: 43
Views: 8,559

Most of the reason young non verbal children have meltdowns, other than sensory issues, is due to the frustration of not being able to communicate. My daughter can speak but she still can not communicate that effectively although her frustration level is far lower than when she could not speak. Als...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: I worry my 18 month old has aspergers

Posted: 26 Nov 2011, 8:34 am 

Replies: 43
Views: 8,559

EI is Early Intervention, a federally mandated program to evaluate and provide services to babies and children from 0-3 who show developmental delays in certain areas. You need to remember that ASD is a spectrum- for every kiddo who was "just a little quirky", there are kids, like mine, who don't ha...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: I worry my 18 month old has aspergers

Posted: 25 Nov 2011, 6:29 pm 

Replies: 43
Views: 8,559

League_Girl, I felt very much like you say you do when our oldest was tiny- hell, I thought until recently that I'd be *happier* if she turns out to have AS, as I'd know how to parent her more easily than an NT kid. Now that she's 23-months old and we're having EI come in on Monday for an eval and m...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: When the professionals are idiots...

Posted: 16 Dec 2010, 11:44 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 1,904

You are not your diagnosis, and "autie" isn't any more difficult to type than "aspie."

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Cause of Autism Allegedly Found

Posted: 16 Dec 2010, 11:39 am 

Replies: 46
Views: 4,352

Mitochondrial disorders that mimic autism aren't new. These, imo, are often the cases of late regression, triggered by environmental toxins, that show the most recovery with wacky treatments, like casein/dairy/gluten-free diets, etc. This is largely what Autism Speaks/ anti-vaccination people are wo...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Please describe your sensory overload

Posted: 15 Dec 2010, 12:48 pm 

Replies: 43
Views: 8,615

To answer all the questions with one response: Imagine you're at the heart of the Las Vegas strip. It's 115 degrees out. The noises are amplified so they all hurt your ears yet you can still make out each individual noise and source. Each light is many times brighter than you are comfortable with, a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Temple Grandin

Posted: 15 Dec 2010, 10:54 am 

Replies: 71
Views: 8,288

I think I recall her kissing the ass of Autism Speaks. It wouldn't surprise me if she did because she has such a curbie mindset. She has not used Autism Speaks in the reference section of any of her currently printed books, and has stated countless times that any "cure" for ASD would be a disaster ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Temple Grandin

Posted: 15 Dec 2010, 10:51 am 

Replies: 71
Views: 8,288

Temple does NOT advocate veganism; she has stated very clearly that she thinks it's an unhealthy diet.

She herself is omnivorous, and she is not hypocritical in her work nor her love of animals.
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