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.