The Earliest Signs

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I recently took the baby to a neurologist after receiving concerns from more than one of his providers that he may have something neurological going on.  Unfortunately, it turned out to be a negative experience.  Instead of focusing on the symptom at hand, he brought up the family history of Autism, assumed that was the actual reason I came in, and went off on me.

The neurologist basically said the family history didn’t mean anything, and I shouldn’t be doing intervention for my baby.  He even went so far as to say I shouldn’t be doing intervention for my little big guy, who has a diagnosis, and whom he’s never met and knows nothing about.

So, we need a new neurologist.  But that’s not the point here.  The point is there is a serious education gap even among those whom some might assume to be experts in the field.

It doesn’t matter how a child does on a test, or what the specific symptoms are.  What matters is whether or not the parent is concerned.  No one should invalidate a parent’s concerns.

I was happy to see that pediatricians are starting to be educated in what matters, and to take early signs more seriously.  And the earliest sign is a parent’s concern.

Here’s the article on what was emphasized at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ annual conference.

Here are some early signs to watch for.

 

  • Mom

    I wish you would call my friend from high school who is a child advocacy attorney who I told you about. She said she would help you and that you could drop her name (Veronica Norris). Barbara Moore, a neurologist who spoke at our Autism Education class also said we could call her at any time. Her phone number is 949-857-6051.