UNIT 2 – Why Is It Autism?
UNIT 2 – INTRODUCTION
UNIT 2 – CHAPTER 1 – Diagnosis & DSM-5 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition; published in 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA)
UNIT 2 – CHAPTER 2 – Denial & Misdiagnosis
UNIT 2 – CHAPTER 3 – Doctors & Direction UNIT 2 – REFERENCES
UNIT 2 – APPENDIX N/A
Excerpts from UNIT 2 - Why Is It Autism?
Hayes (2020) says that historically when a diagnosis is made, it is like ‘drawing a line in the sand’. While, the world of ‘autism’ takes place outside the traditional medical field, clinicians must find that space between the fields where ‘autism’ boundaries lie.
What if it is Autism?
< My Thoughts > “…you can always hope that it isn’t.
But if it is autism, then it’s time to choose a direction.
CHAPTER 3 – DOCTORS & DIRECTION
Some families may view screening as “looking for trouble”or feel that things clinicians think are problems are not an issue. Still for other families, their responses may shed light on their ability, background or resources. Thus,communicating slowly and clearly while listening carefully and fully engaging families produces the best results.
< My Thoughts > “…I also think of my own needs…”
“Know your child, know yourself, and know autism.
< My Thoughts > “…misdiagnosis won’t haunt your child…”
Remember, your child’s labels, such as – HFA is a term for High Functioning Autism, and NLD for Non-verbal Learning Disorder, can be removed from records when they reach a certain age. Check with your state for their statutes.
Originally, our Sonny was originally misdiagnosed with ADHD, OCD, SIBs, behavior disorder, panic disorder, elopement disorder, cognitive disorder, speech disorder, eating disorder, and so on. Everything it turns out, but ‘epilepsy’, and 'autism'.
Hayes, J. (2020). Drawing a Line in the Sand: Affect & Testimony Autism Assessment Teams in the UK; Sociology of Health & Illness; College of Medicine & Health, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.