Friday, October 22, 2010

Autism clinic

Sweets had her autism clinic appointment today. The doc said that while there are a few markers, like not pointing appropriately, that in the big picture she has very strong social skills (enjoys peek-a-boo, chasing, kissing, waving, etc) and that they do not see indication of autism.

As for what it is, if not autism, they still don't know. They want to see her in speech therapy, which she is scheduled to start any time, probably next week, anyway. They noted that she favors one side, and asked the neurologist to step in. He did some manipulations and reflex tests on her, and watched her try to walk with no pants on (I guess to watch her legs?). She doesn't walk independently yet (just takes a few steps), so I held her hands so she could walk for that test. He only saw her for like 5 mins, but he said he didn't really see anything alarming. He said we should still keep our full neurology eval in December though. He also mentioned that we could do an MRI on her, but that it's hard at this age and that she would have to be under anesthesia, so they'd rather wait until she's two.

The overall take-home message was just wait and see how she does with therapy. Really no new information, since we didn't really think she had autism anyway. Just confirmation of that.

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