• Understanding Autism from the Inside

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So My Kid Grew Out of Autism? Part II – The Results

Who is this kid, and what have they done with my child?? After a short lunch break we were brought in to hear the “results”. Now keep in mind that 9 months before he had been diagnosed with a SEVERE repetitive expressive speech delay, and two doctors (his pediatrician, and the …

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So My Kid Grew Out of Autism? Part I – Evaluation

I had this post written out (finally) all in one blog post, but then realized it was real long and cumbersome so I have now broken it up into three smaller chunks. The Trip to USMC On Friday Hubby and I took the Tot to the University Medical Center of …

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Long Day at UMSC, Charleston—Developmental Pediatrician

As most of you already know, 9 months ago Tantrum Tot was evaluated by his pediatrician (at 21 months) with a tentative (we suspect autism type of diagnosis).  Then he was sent to Speech and Hearing, where he was evaluated and diagnosed with a severe repetitive, expressive speech delay, and …

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More on changes to Autism Diagnositc Criteria in the DSM-V: BBC News Article

From BBC News Magazine: “The biggest changes for many in DSM-5 was the news that disorders related to autism that previously had their own category – such as Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified – will now all be classified as one diagnosis, Autism Spectrum …

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They Missed It; They Missed Me

An except from Twirling Naked in the Streets and No-One Noticed… An Introduction: They Missed It; They Missed Me      I am a survivor; an autism survivor. I have been torn down, pulled to pieces, and have had my heart ripped from my chest slammed on the floor and stomped …

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Are there more autistic children now than in the past? Or are we just learning to recognize them now?

An except from Twirling Naked in the Streets and No-One Noticed… Introduction In 1974, 1 in 5,000 children were diagnosed with autism. When I began writing this book in 2012, that number was estimated at 1 in 88. In early 2013, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released yet another …

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Developmental Delays and the Clingy Toddler: Is this Normal?

Lately I’ve been considering putting my 2-year-old son in preschool a few days a week to regain my sanity, and maybe just maybe accomplish something. As if the little guy knows what I’m planning he is becoming clingier by the day. It is not new for him to scream and bang …

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Speech and Language Evaluation; Speech and Developmental Delays

     About a month ago, Tantrum Tot, my 23 month old, had his initial autism screening during a well-baby appointment at the pediatricians office.  The result conveyed was extremely high risk. The pediatrician made an appointment for us to have a speech and language evaluation while we wait for an …

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DSM-V – New Diagnostic Criteria for ASD – What will this mean for me, an Aspie?

Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and Autistic Disorder will be removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which will be published and in effect in May of 2013. Those disorders will now be included under one umbrella diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). To be honest I am …

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The Beauty of Diagnosis; Surviving the Holidays

In addition, to all I have to be thankful for, I am thankful for my autism diagnosis. Thanksgiving has come and gone. I am usually a panicked mess.  I love the holidays but hate the madness. I obsess about everything being perfect, every bite of food, every part of the …

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