One out of four boys today will be diagnosed with autism. One out of 189 girls have autism. This comes from the website “Developmental Disabilities Institute”.
Many parents, educators, and others wonder if their child (or one they work with) has autism. I have seen so many articles that suggest that vaccines cause it, you can tell in a babies eyes, if they have a speech delay, blah, blah, blah.
Those are reasonable things to check out, but the autism spectrum is very wide. There are so many levels, conditions, variations that parents are even more confused than before.
Here is a site that might help:
This is a checklist that is used in the United Kingdom.
How did we find out our diagnosis?
Our son was two when his pediatrician referred us to speech therapy. He was not verbalizing like he should. His older brother started talking at one year, so we just thought he was just different or maybe we all talked too much. But, soon we felt there was something different. When he was not progressing in speech therapy, our therapist recommended we have him tested. We did not get a definite diagnosis, but was told he was high functioning and had PDD-NOS ( where he had a speech delay and used repetitive things). We moved to Korea soon after. I was blessed to have time to research autism, along with his preschool teachers.
What do we do after the diagnosis?
It can be daunting, thinking of our friends and family might react. Find support! With the statistics mentioned at the first of this article, it is obvious you know at least one person affected by autism. Gleam wisdom from those who have gone through it before you. Use the internet, books, guides, etc. to find out what will be best for your child. Each child is different. We must find the best ways to teach, train, raise and love our beautiful child!