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10/02/2006 at 09:57 PM ET

Songstress Toni Braxton and her husband Keri Lewis are proud parents to two sons – Denim Cole, 4 1/2, and Diezel Ky, 3 1/2. Toni recently spoke out about the challenges she’s faced as a mother, particularly being taken seriously and getting her younger son diagnosed with autism.

Toni feels some anger towards Diezel’s doctor, saying, "They dismissed me. I don’t know if it would have made a difference or not for him to be diagnosed earlier, but they had a ‘wait and see’ attitude. It makes me so angry because a mother knows when something is wrong with her child."

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Have you or someone in your family had an experience with autism? Did you have trouble getting a diagnosis like Toni did?

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Carmen on

My youngest – my 6th – has a mild form of autism called SID. It took me quite a while for the pediatrician to believe me, and to get into a developmental ped. It was worth it, though.

Doctors, sometimes, think that they know everything. Parents who live with the child 24/7 know more.

Lauren22 on

From what I know, her son was diagnosed around the apporopriate time. Drs. do not want to make such a serious dianosis too early. My Husbands cousin’s child was diagnosed with Austim at the age of 2 and now at the age of 4 they don’t think he is.

carrie on

my son is 3 and also has a mild form of autism called PDD. I was very proactice in his diagnosis and skipped the pedi and went straight to a neurologist. His pedi was shocked when she was sent reports from the early intervention team and the treating doc. She always dismissed his lack of speech and had a wait and see attitude. Early intervention is really key in long term prognosis.

Tracy on

Our 3rd child (second son) also has an Autistic Spectrum Disorder called SID, Sensory Integration Disorder. I knew at 3 WEEKS of age that something was different about him, and started hounding my pediatrician for help. Long story short, no one really listened until he was 15 months olds, which is when I demanded an evaluation with a specialist. He was quickly diagnosed and began intensive OT & speech therapies. Now at three years, he still has his quirks, but is 1000% better than where we were at 1 1/2. We now have a PPO insurance, and no longer need referrals (my best advice for parents is to get this — if your gut says something is wrong, don’t stop at one opinion — this is your child! If you don’t fight for him/her, who will?!!)

Pam on

I was diagnosed with SID at the age of four and I was in OT and PT for a while, but what really got me to break out of my physical “shell” was a movement workshop for Shakespearean actors and a class in the Alexander Technique. I still have some of the emotional and social setbacks of the typical SID Kid but I no longer freak out if I am touched.

kristen on

I feel for her so much :( My son is also 3 and we are trying very, very hard to get some help for him. It has been a long time since we first approached the doctor because our son was showing signs of autism. She also wanted to take the “wait and see” approach.

Professionals seem afraid to say the “A word” and to diagnose autism “too early.” But all the studies now are showing that intense early intervention makes the difference.

I would be so much happier with a diagnosis and intense early intervention and then later being told “hey I don’t think he has autism.” Maybe it was the intervention that worked! So much happier with that than a “wait and see” only to see my son slip farther and farther away from me :(

My husband and I have had to do the research and begin the interventions ourselves. Nobody here will diagnose autism or an autism spectrum disorder. They all say to go to see specialists out of town or to “wait and see.” It’s very frustrating. I feel for Toni and Keri, and for their little one, who has missed out on that very early intervention that Toni’s instincts told her she needed :(

J on

I have a wonderful cousin who is one of the rare individuals who has both major types of autism, commonly known as autism with mental retardation and autism with idiot suvantism. Most of the time she is in her own world, but sometimes she had such moments of clarity that you would swear there was nothing the matter with her. Anyway, I would LOVE any of you to try to be a doctor diagnosing a child as autistic. All of you should know that it is a very hard thing to pin down; at young ages children can be diagnosed as autistic when it turns out to really be a hearing problem, and vice versa. The doctors CANNOT WIN! If they were to have diagnosed your children TOO early, you would be livid. Not everything is the doctors’ fault. Sometimes things are just that way.

MJ on

My son who is 8 now has autism-
I remember very well, my Dr. having the same response with me as well when I approached him with the idea of autism myself. I brought a checklist with me & my 18 month old son had 9 out of 12 symptoms on there. He said that boys sometimes are more delayed in talking and to wait a bit.
We did not wait though for long, he got early intervention by age 2..
I wish I knew then what I know now all about autism now..It really is becoming quite an epidemic to our children in this world.My heart goes out to Toni & her family.

corriev on

As a student of speech and language, I see a lot of talk re: Autism. My cousin, who is now 16, was diagnosed at 2. that was when autism was really a “new” thing and not many children were recieving the diagnosis. There are so many theories, so many issues…it is really puzzling.

My son who is 3 1/2 has a speech delay, actually now we think it is more of a disorder called apraxia. But I knew, as a student of this stuff, that he wasn’t where he should be when he was 18 months. his Ped. who we don’t use anymore, had a “wait and see” attitude as well. Very frustrating, because now he is about a year behind.

Autism is a very strange thing…I feel for those who have a child with autism in their family…it is rough. Best of luck to Toni, as well as to those parents who have posted about their children. We are our childs best advocate. :)

Peavy on

My brother who will be 17 next week was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and at the time, the doctors really didnt know what to do about it and they told my family that he was probably born with it, but it’s not true. My brother was very healthy baby and was developing at the right speed until it ws time to get is shot. THat;s when everything changed. He changed and that’s when he was diagnosed. As a kid, it was hard on me because I didnt understnd why my brother was different, why i couldn’t play with him like other kids do with their siblings, why couldn’t talk and I sometimes resented the whole situation. But I grew to understand it and He turned out pretty good, He has OT, he speaks and everything, and my mother doesn’t have him on medication, Because he doesnt get out of control and my mom also feels that medication isnt for every child with autism. IMO alot people refuse to believe that immunizations (getting shots) could be a crucial reason why autism is so common these days. But anyway, I wish Toni Braxton the best and to find the best organization for autism, OT and PT that her money can find.

Hoyle OTR/L, DT on

Hi,
I am an Occupational Therapist that specialize in pediatrics. I have worked with numerous children that are on the Autistic Spectrum. It is the practice of pediatricians NOT TO DIAGNOSE A CHILD WITH AUTISM UNTIL THE AGE OF 3. This infuriates me when you can almost detect signs between 12-18 months. I would love to be able to correspond with Toni Braxton via any method to give her more professional insight on Autism. I am also trying to get in contact with Rev. Run to speak to him concerning matters of his family and Autism.

Rachel on

I knew my son was on the spectrum when he was 2. It wasn’t until he was four that he got a diagnosis. There were strong suspicions on the part of the physicians, but the hoop jumping was insane. It didn’t make much of a difference in help – we went through ChildFind, but medical insurance covered nothing (even with a good job.) But it isn’t too late. My son has made such progress. I will keep her and Diezel in my prayer.

dmc on

I am an instructor therapist who has worked for many years with these exceptional children and also advocate for early intervention. I feel for Ms. Braxton for it truely is essential for therapy to begin young. Though there are positive benefits to introducing therapy at any age, the early years are crucial. I send encouragement and hope to all those families who struggle to find the help their children need and DESERVE.

CFP on

My 12 year old son was diagnosed with autism at age 4. I noticed a change in him at age 2. I thought he just jealous because I delivered my last baby 2 months before he turned 2. I was angry with the doctors too until I began to understand how difficult it is to diagnose this disorder. My so is high functioning and he does bring me joy. Although it has been very challenging, I can’t imagine him any other way. I was very afraid for him when he was younger and I did not have any faith or hope. Today, I look forward to seeing just how much more progress he will make. He is sociable, talkative and loves affection. He is not agressive and no longer isolates himself. He is very independent and treated as any other child with some precautions. Thank God for The Marcus Center in Atlanta, Ga for the diagnosis and resources. It will take time for Toni to accept her son’s disorder. The hardest thing to deal with is the idea of knowing the challenges your child will face and knowing that there is not a cure. I wish I could her help.

Alexandra on

Toni should just go on and get him some help. From OT, Speech, ABA, get tested for all kinds of allergies, metals, gut problems, genetics etc. Put together a home program and always remember that he can meke big gains at his age. My son is 4 yo, but he was diagnosed when he was 2 1/2 years old. I have a treatment for him in place that has helped him a lot. I went through the same, the doctor said wait and I said no I went to a neurologist and I was told right there he is PDD. Got him a developmental pediatrician, a DAN doctor (defeat autism now), got him OT and speech (from school district and private), he goes to school that is ABA based and during the weekends I have about 4 hours a day that are very structured where we do crafts, music, go to a sensory gym etc. Toni, you have time just get working on it. The more time you lose thinking why, the less you can give him. Be strong and think about what he needs, forget about that doctor and move on. Before I got a team together I interviewed each doctor and then made an appointment saw how the doctor related with my kid then made my choice. But there is a lot of hope. Good Luck!!

sherry on

I want to share with Mr. and Mrs. Lewis my experience with my son. We have been in Las Vegas for about twenty years; my son was diagnosed near age five. He is currently twenty-six years old. Back in those days the first diagnosis was mental retardation, that’s what I was told. However like Mrs. Lewis said “a Mother knows her child” I knew my son knew more and was not mentally retarded. I refused to limit him in any way. I would allow him to do what ever he wanted to try. I purchased a bike he fell off the bike and never tried again. To this day he can’t ride a bike. Because he was not treated kindly in school the only thing I pushed was martial arts.
Mrs. Lewis I can’t tell you not to be upset because it is very upsetting to receive such news about your child. I was up-set too. But after a bit square your shoulders, go to your prayer closet and talk to God. Because he blessed you with your son he will also bless you with the knowledge you and your husband need to bring him all the way through. Look at it this way, you have means I didn’t have. I had to do it all alone, and with very little resources. Today my son works everyday, he holds a Second Degree Black Belt he can move around Las Vegas on his own and he is the most loving and respectful young man you could ever meet. He is handsome and kind, what I have learned about kindness I learned from him. God trusts only very special people with his most very special treasures, be thankful because you have been chosen.
Peace

Kirasmum on

SID (Sensory Integration Dysfunction)is not a FORM of autism…it is often a symptom of autism – and means that the person has an a hard time regulating their sensory system. They are overwhelmed by certain things we all take for granted like loud or white noise and textures. Not all people with SID have autism, but MOST all people with autism have some form of SI.

Nateneya Davis on

WOW, there are many stories and loving families that has very little options. My mother had my brother in 1985 and he was diagnosed with Autism around the age of 3. However, I do believe that at one point before 3 he talked and was very active. Now he does not talk but he communicates with gestures. A lot of people are saying they feel very sorry for her but I don’t think it is empathy people should given. All Children are precious in my eyes and they should be treated the same as any other child. Along with my biological brother my mother adopted two more autistic children. The problem that I find my mother having is that there is really very few resources for adults with autism. Also, no one seems to know what is causing such a high alarming rate of autistic children (specifically male off spring). If anyone can suggest literature I can read or any resources I would love to hear about them.

Karen on

I have two children on the Spectrum. My eleven-year-old has Asperger’s Syndrome and my son is high-functioning autistic and BOTH have AD/HD. It was hard to even get the AD/HD diagnosed because doctors are so afraid to diagnose it, contrary to popular mythology that every doctor wants to diagnose AD/HD. My daughter was bouncing off walls and couldn’t even carry on a conversation because she had such a short attention span. When we FINALLY got her AD/HD controlled with medication, her Asperger’s started showing. I brought it up to TWO psychiatrists but because she didn’t flap her arms, make inappropriate sounds or walk in circles, they dismissed autism. Nevermind that she grouped things together, stimmed(stimulation….what some autistics do to help calm themselves) and could never do things out of a certain order. I had to take her to UCLA Autism Clinic to get a diagnosis.

My six-year-old son was easier to get diagnosed for both AD/HD and autism because his sister is on the spectrum and everyone now knows what to look for, so he got help a lot earlier than his sister and it really made a HUGE difference. He was put into a speech and language program at three (he wasn’t speaking, unlike my daughter who is hyperlexic) and we started him on AD/HD medication. Because of it, he has flourished and hasn’t had nearly the problems my daughter has had.

L. Holland on

Hi Toni,

I am a special education teacher.I have worked with special needs kids for twelve years. I have come to understand autistic children. Please look for a school that supports sensory integration in their curriculum. Sensory integration will help the learning process, and create a meaningful learning environment for your child.
You can check the National Alliance for Autism Research web site for additional resource and support.

Take care,
Holland

Kris on

My son is on the autism spectrum. He was diagnosed at 4. His doctor kept telling us boys develop later then girls. His autism is mild but we still face many challenges. Sometimes I think people don’t take his needs seriously because he is not “autistic” enough. We just love him no matter what. I hope that Ms. Braxton-Lewis will use her celebrity to bring attention to this disorder.

Lisa Marie Gutierrez on

Toni, When I received the news that my son, Andrew Richard, my 6th child, my very special little guy was diagnosed with Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was 3 years old. Right when I received the news…I was heartbroken, but when I thought about all the love I have for my love for my beautiful son, I instantly became greatful for the fact that I now know what I am dealing with and I resolved to do everything in my power to help my son Andrew. I learned that Autism is a Neurological and Sociological disorder that causes an inability to learn how to socialize in the traditional sense. Since Most Autistic children do not make eye contact and are, for the most part, in their own world. I sought help from every community resource that was available, and I understood that early intervention was crucial, as well as constant research on my part, so that I could learn what I would need to know to help my son find ways to communicate. Andrew has made remarkable progress, leaps and bounds over the years. Ever since Andrew was diagnosed he has proven his Dr’s wrong time and time again. I was told that Andrew would probably never learn how to talk in full sentences. Really?…Andrew is now talking back to me, in full sentances, with a little attitude if he feels the need to get his point across. Andrew is only 10 years old but he is reading at High School level and is a Wiz on the computer and just about every video game he gets his hands on. I secretly envy my son Andrew, for the simple fact that because he is Autistic, he does not respond to any the negative attitudes in this world, nor will he ever comprehend any of the bitterness, resentment, judgment, unforgiveness and petty narrow minds of those who choose to be self serving, fake and heartless in this world. Andrew, I love you for teaching me that greater is love unspoken, mere words will never capture loves true essense. Who knew…you knew!

Jessica Phillips on

When I started noticing that my son J.T. wasn’t making any noise or trying to roll over I asked the doctor if I should be concerned, he said no. That was at 6 months. The doctor gave me the sme answer the next two years. I decided to go on my own and get him evaluated. J.T. was Diagnosed with Autism, Adhd, Sid, Odd, DD. My son could not communicate or walk but he could bite and throw. That was at two and a half. Now after two years of therapy and a special diet, plus a visual and sensory diet he is going into kindergarten next year. Still just as strong, his nickname is running man (because he runs faster than the school coach). and he is always talking to someone, he never meets a stranger. My point to all of this is just because they have a diploma on their wall doesn’t mean they are perfect or that they are never wrong. J.T.’s doctor admits still to this day that he should have listened to me back then. And to this day he never questions my concerns, and he always takes the time to look into the issue.

Kirasmum on

Somehow my post got credited to someone else…and their post to me…perhaps Sherry (?) I don’t have a brother or a son with autism, I have a daughter, who’s doctor also took the wait and see approach, but I luckily started working at the health department and found out that I could have her tested independently through early intervention…to which she was initially given a dx of SID and THIS is the post that I wrote earlier:

SID (Sensory Integration Dysfunction)is not a FORM of autism…it is often a symptom of autism – and means that the person has an a hard time regulating their sensory system. They are overwhelmed by certain things we all take for granted like loud or white noise and textures. Not all people with SID have autism, but MOST all people with autism have some form of SI.

Sarah, CBB News Editor on

Your comment is there and attributed to you. The comment appears first, then the name of the person who wrote it and the time it was posted. You seem to be reading it as though the name comes first – it’s actually the comment. Hope that helps.

Linda Morse on

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Marvie Ellis on

As a pediatric speech-language pathologist, I can understand Toni Braxton’s frustrations with the late autism diagnosis of her son. A parent must remember that they are the most important expert of their child’s health and development. If a parent is concerned about their child’s language development, they should seek a proactive pediatrician who would (at least) refer them to a pediatric speech-language pathologist to rule out any delay. A well trained pediatric speech-language pathologist can see autistic characteristics and refer for further assessment by a specialist and recommend therapy services. Marvie Ellis, Speech-Language Pathologist/ Children’s Autism Author, E-mail marvieslp@yahoo.com, http://www.speechkidstexaspress.com

Liana Curie on

lATE DIAGNOIS AT 4 ,MY SON WAS’NT DIAGNOISED TILL AFTER HIS 18TH BIRTHDAY.hHE IS CURRENTLY IN COLLEGE .hE WAS VALADICTORIAN OF HIS HIGH SCHOOL LAST YEAR.hE HAS NEVER HAD ANY THERAPY.h WAS DIAGNOISED WITH A LEARNING DISIBILITY ,SOCIAL ANXIETY ,ADD THEN FINALLY ASPERGERS.i ALWAYS NEW SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT.hE HAD A HARD TIME LEARNIG HOW TO RIDE A BIKE AND TIE HIS SHOES AND DRIVE A CAR BUT HE DID IT .hE MOSTLY HAS DATING ISSUES .hE HAS ALOT OF FRIEND S ,BUT HE HAS TROUBLE APROCHING GIRLS .aNY THERAPY FOR TEENS ?

fonda on

dear miss braxton i learned that my son keith was autisic at three ,noing something was wrong i would take him back and forth to the docter and the excuses they gave me you woul,ntbelieve but as you see everybody has the same similar things that happen to them the real professionals are the parents we are the ones that has to make a differents.my son is seventeen now if they come up witha reason i probalywant believe it.

Joe Nobles on

Apraxia/Dispraxia is not a “fancy label for speech delay”. I understand Toni Braxton’s feelings as I have a 10 year old with Dyspraxia but to dismiss this problem (Dyspraxia)simply because it is not as high profile as Autisim is BS. Dyspraxia can be a very disabling problem and it also requires much therapy. Text from transcript below:

BRAXTON: Oh, my son Diezel is three years old now. And we found out he was autism — he was diagnosed, actually, last year, September, in Vegas. We had to…

KING: What were the signs?

BRAXTON: For me, he wasn’t developing like his older brother. He wouldn’t do eye contact. We took him to the doctors, the developmental pediatricians, and they said oh, he has something called apraxia, which is a fancy label for a speech delay.

ros brennan on

I live in ireland and my 3rd child has autism. when everyone talks of SID was this diagnosed by the peads? and do you get intervention/therapies with it. I just had my OT assessment (on waiting nearly 4 years) I asked about SID and basically was told yes he has problems but there is nothing the OT can do. I cant find anyone who deals in SID and can anyone tell me what I should be looking for? Thanks Ros

Betsy on

My son, Zackary, is 12 years old and was first diagnosed with Sensory Integrated Delay or Disorder when he was 3. When he was 8, they re-dignosed him with Aspergers Syndorme. He has come a very very long way and is now in the 6th grade and is doing well. He’s somewhat independent and wakes up with this “I want to conquer the world” attitude which is wonderful! Keep up the fight for your child because he/she cannot do it alone. Keep the lines of communication open with their teachers, doctors, and therapists. But most importantly, teach your child to voice his/her opinions when needed. Help them use the voice that our good God gave them.

Good luck.

Ricardo Linares on

Toni is living what many of us are living right now. And she is right when said about the attitude. The “experts” (pathologists, doctors, paediatricians) have that attitude of ‘wait and see’, until Autism touches their own families. And not only had those mentioned but also those who guide the future of our countries.

ingrid on

my daughter receives early intervention ABA services for ppd. SHe has made tremendous improvement since she started. It is so important to follow your gut. Get independant evaluation for your child the 2 minutes the doctors spend with your child does not give them enough info to make a informed diagnosis you are the best person to decide if something is not right. Don’t wait and see. Time is of the essence. The sooner you start the better you can improve and catch up the childs devolpment with that of a typical devolping child

Arthur on

I am a high funtioning adult with autism and I have lived on my own for over 15 years. I was dianosed with autism at age four and I am now 43 and I was very fortunate to have a mother who had good instincts. She knew long before my dignosis something was wrong so when I finally received my diagnosis, it was either autism or mental retardation and my mother knew I was much too smart to be mental retardation. About five years ago I wrote a book with the help of my mother and a friend which discusses in detail how my mother helped me overcome many obstacles to live a normal life. My mother told me many times when I was younger many of her peers told her should be taking care of me the rest of my life after my diagnosis with autism and she even knew back then I would prove all of them wrong and now she is getting the last laugh. I truly feel Toni Braxton has run into doctors who think they know everything and I understand her frustrations.

Rosean Smith on

I also have a 4 year old son with autism/pdd. I am a mother of five, and have been trying to get mu son diagnosed correctly since he was two years old. I actually had a County based program laugh at me, and state, “you make it seem as though he has autism”. that was one of the most crushing moments. I have been discounted and dismissed by one place to another. Thankfully, I am a psychology major at The Ohio State University and am very familiar with Mental and Developmental Disorders. I have never stopped advocating for my wonderful son, and I never will. Also, like Toni, there has been one stumbling block after another within the Medical community. I am just thankful one Psychologist stood up and told me, yes, Ms. Smith your son has autism. I was relieved and still hurt at the same time, that it took so long to be validated as a parent, and to be assured I was not insane for seeing the things in my son that I have for the past years. I encourage all parents to never ever, ever give up. eventually you will find the right programs and services for your children. God Bless and be encouraged you are not alone out there. Hopefully the medical community will stop putting parents off when we know there is something wrong with our child, they don’t listen to us. We know our children and live with them everyday.

Latasha on

I have a son with atypical autism. I was able to get my diagnoses early. However, I was not taken seriously by the doctors either. I am studying psychology and my son has a cousin who is severely autistic. I knew the warning signs and when I asked for the tests I was told I was overreacting, that he was too young to see any of these signs, to give it time and he would catch up. It took me breaking down on the phone to the doctor and before I as able to even get a referral. If you feel that there may be something wrong with you child, FIGHT! Fight for them to listen to you and fight to be taken seriously. No one knows a child better than their parents. And if we won’t fight for them who will?

Michelle Williams on

A few years ago after losing my oldest son, who was born with C.P., I was approached by a family to care for their autistic child. I wasn’t sure if I was ready, but I took the time to research as much as I could, as I had never experienced autism. The family knew how I was with my son though and was amidant they wanted me. After researching, and a lot of prayer, I knew I was ready to take on the challenge. To this day I am forever grateful for such a wonderful learning experience. I eventually-5 years later- had to give up my position, because I returned to nursing school. I truly miss her, but carry her and my son with me everyday. Toni, keep your head up and stay strong, God only gives these blessings to those in which He knows is well equipped for the job! You and your family are within our prayers, and Thank You for sharing your story!!

Ashley Johnson on

My son was diagnosed with PDDNOS also at the age of 4. My doctor too dismissed my concerns. When I found out from th insurance company that I did not need approval I went for help myself. I worked at the daycare my son attended so I was able to have him observed and then referred from there and the everything took off! My son is 6 now ;and in kindergarten and he is doing great!!! We have some challenges sometimes but his teacher is awesome and we get through it! But I have to agree A MOTHER KNOWS WHEN SOMETHINGS NOT RIGHT!

Ethel Williams on

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Monique Torregano on

My first and only pregnancy resulted in the birth of my autistic son. As a teacher I suspected some type of developmental delay, not AUTISM.
I was TOTALLY overwhelmed, depressed and disappointed. I had such high hopes and expectations.
I HAD, not him. So the pity party was over and I went to work seeking
information on speech therapy, physical therapy, cognitive skill
building everything to enhance and
enrich his life. My most severe battles were convincing others he
was capable of learning and functioning. Well that was 21 years ago. I am proud to say my son,
Brandon Burnett graduated from high school, is enrolled at a city
college taking a few courses and is
employed as a part-time worker.
HE IS HAPPY AND FULFILLED and I am
SO PROUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sabrina porter on

they know what causes autism and so do I. I have brain tumors after 20 years and now I get it. I know what they are not telling us. I know why these children have autism. I know why the government has taken some responsiblity. They are responsible. It is not a conspiracy, they are just trying to maintain “internal balance” and they are failing us. It is becoming an epidemic, as everything else. Contact me if you want to know. We are all walking dead and instead of telling us, they are trying to manage it without our knowledge

Nancy Peske on

I would like to second the comment that SI dysfunction (also known as sensory processing disorder) is not a form of autism. You can have sensory integration dysfunction and no other issues, or you can have it as well as autism, adhd, learning disabilities, etc.
As for dyspraxia (also known as apraxia), there’s a fabulous listserv at http://www.apraxia-kids.org which I’ve found utterly invaluable. Children with this speech problem need a special form of speech therapy called verbal cueing in order to make progress.
If anyone knows of an address for Toni Braxton, I’ve tried to send her helpful info twice now and my package was bounced back–I would very much like to reach out to her.

Kaetty on

Let me tell you something “J” don’t you DARE make any excuses for these uneducated, ignorant doctors! Until you have a CHILD of your OWN with any form of autism, you have NO OPINION!! Stay in your lane! There were SO MANY THINGS that our Dr.’s could have easily looked into, but didn’t! They’re all lazy and uncaring and have NO BUSINESS telling us educated parents to “wait and see” while our precious children LOSE valuable years of therapy. They need to stick to cough and colds and refer us to the experts!!!! And pretty soon, that’s what their lazy, pathetic asses will be forced to do!!! So, stick to the VERY LITTLE information you know about your cousin and keep your mouth shut! Do you understand me?!

Kaetty on

Actually, you don’t know that for certain. There are many specialists who feel that SID should be included in the DSM because even though those with autism almost always have some form of SID, the symptoms of SID alone and Autism are very similar and require the same types of therapy. They struggle socially because if their SID, they struggle with sensory issues which effect their cognitive thinking, just like those ASD. They however feel connected to people, can give eye contact (if they don’t have a sensory aversion to eye contact) but they are able to connect with people they’re comfortable with, whereas those with ASD may not. (i.e.. parents and caretakers) so, before you jump down someone’s throat for thinking SID is an even milder form of autism, do your research please. Mother’s who have SID children will put you in your place, like I just did.

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