Autism and early intervention.


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Long story short my son is currently being observed by a development specialist for possible Autism. He is a littler over a year and a half and some early signs of ASD are definitely present.

My wife and I are just grateful he is a happy healthy little boy, but it has still been somewhat hard to swallow at times. We’re going to be able to enroll him in therapy through early intervention, the research I’ve done has been uplifting as early intervention can help to an extent.

Just wondering if anyone else in the JC community has dealt with a child on the spectrum? I understand if you don’t want to respond in public, a PM will be more than fine with me. Just looking for advice from other pilots in similar circumstances that have figured out the best ways to help their children out, and just as important helping their spouse out as they are the ones home dealing with the day to day issues that arise. So far my wife has been a true champion about all of this. As parents, we don’t view this as a setback for our son, but are wanting to try anything possible to help him thrive in life.
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My wife is a Registered Dietitian, I know in the past she’s mentioned people on the spectrum not eating sugar as it’s basically an opiate for them. I’m sure if he is someone will talk to you about it, but probably worth reading up on in the mean time.

Zapphod Beblebrox

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My son was diagnosed over 25 years ago. If your child is less than two years old it is unlikely you will get a diagnosis of Autism. The reason being that the required developmental delays and deficits are not pronounced enough to qualify for the diagnosis. However if the signs are present a diagnosis of PDDNOS, or Pervasive Developmental Delay -Not Otherwise Specified may be used. This could change to Autism when the child is older and can be evaluated better.

In most states PDDNOS will allow you to get access to support and intervention. I live in a state, PA, where my son's behavioral intervention was paid for due to this diagnosis. The current recommended standard therapy is Intensive Applied Behavior Analysis. It's a program developed by a psychologist named Ole Ivar Lovass, a Norwegian / American clinical psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. His therapy / program has had great success in helping Autistic and PDDNOS children.

I am sorry to hear of your son's condition. However there is life after a diagnosis. My son, now 27, is still a fine person, funny, has a great singing voice, and is very well behaved and friendly. Most of this is as a result of his early behavioral intervention.