can a child overcome autism?

Maria - posted on 06/29/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old son was diagnosed with sensory integration disorder when he was 2 and then he started school and that got better. He doesn't have almost any signs of ever having a sensory problem there might be one thing that bothers him and that's a running nose but I don't know it's gone and last December he was diagnosed with mild autism and I kind of see it in some of the things he does but from December to now he has gotten way better he is growing into an active and different kid then how he was then he is even more social. We took a trip for almost a month to TX and I have a lot of family there and he was surrounded with a lot of people and cousins, little kids and teen kids that played and interacted with him and he came back way more social it was amazing to see the changes he has gone through I want to take him to see a neurologist again to see what they think. Has anyone else gone through this? Does anyone think my son was misdiagnosed? I think I am going to get a second opinion because I don't know what the outcome will be if I leave it and he enters kinder with his diagnoses or elementary.

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Jennifer - posted on 06/30/2009

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I think the whole point of early intervention is that a child CAN overcome autism. Not necessarily be "cured" but be "healed." My son never received an "official" diagnosis because my husband was in denial so we didn't go for it but he had all the signs at the age of 2. I acted as though my son had it. I got him into therapies for speech, worked with him a lot myself, and changed his diet. Now he's 5 and while he's still a little quirky, he's not able to be diagnosed with autism. Our neurologist has run all kinds of tests but will not give him an autism diagnosis. I am fully aware that he may need extra help in school when it comes to abstract thinking and higher learning skills, but as of right now, he's pretty typical. My advice to you is to be sure he gets services if you think he needs services. My son will not receive services at school because he is without a diagnosis even though he should probably still be receiving speech. So it's really all about the services. Go for a second opinion if you don't think he would benefit from the services through the school. If you think he needs them, stick with it. You can always go another time for a second opinion. Good luck!

Beverly - posted on 07/04/2009

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Jennifer's right that's the whole point and the whole goal of early intervention. She's also right about the services. It's all about if your child will need to receive services in school. Depending on the school system, you may be able to enter him as a child with Sensory Intergration disorder or a Speech and language delay (if this applies) and then if he needs services they can provide them. It's not the diagnosis that's important to the teachers and child, it's the services. Meaning does he need assistance with language, social skills. And in kindergarten all the teachers are used to the children coming in with many many diversities. Labels in kindergarten aren't usually necessary.

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Tara - posted on 07/03/2009

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I am a strong believer that a child can overcome autism. I really hate it when someone says they grow out of it because it's a lot of hard work on not only the childs part but on the parents also. I have seen great strides in my childrens progress and one day I know that they will all overcome it. I have 4 and 3 have some form of autism. Just keep up all the great work and it will pay off.

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