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after a 2 month wait for the appointment and an hour and a half drive later, their exact words were "the diagnosis is autism. Everett is a very unique boy and we don't usually ask for a follow-up, but we would like to see him again in 6 months." we are supposed to get a chromosome analysis and if that comes back normal then a genetic screening. i think the doc expects me to hold him down while they draw blood...twice maybe. they already have to sedate him for his dentist appointments, why cant they draw blood then? i need to know how i can get through all of this testing (chromosome, genetic, allergy) without feeling like i am torchering our son??? HELP!!! ~Mindy~
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Name: rettsmom | Date: Mar 22nd, 2010 11:04 PM
i'm hoping that someone who has gone through what i am about to go through will respond to this post and give me some advice... 

Name: jengar | Date: Mar 30th, 2010 4:40 PM
My son was diagnosed at 4 yr, I recomend gettting The Autism Source Book. It has lots of good info. I would also start out slowly, this is a big change in your life and educating yourself is the first step. Having a good support system is second, I would recomment a gluten free/ casein (dairy) free diet right away. 80% of autistic kids have some level of intolerance to these. It's not easy to go gluten free but there are lots of good websites to help and more and more companies are offering products for people like us. You may not see changes right away, can take up to 3 months to see improvements but its worth it. I would find a DAN doctor if this one isnt 

Name: Robert Herbert | Date: Aug 6th, 2010 4:08 PM
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Name: tasha1011 | Date: Aug 8th, 2010 4:24 PM
Hi Mindy,

You are not torturing your son. You are a concerned parent who wants the best for your child. You also want answers regarding your son's behaviors. You are a parent (like so many other parents) who want to be sure so you can move forward.

It is hard to pinpoint what your son exactly has. Autism can indeed be confused with other disorders. I'm assuming your son's behaviors caused you to seek further guidance and assistance. All I can say is that you should take a look at his behaviors and see what are the steps you can take to help him. There are different degrees of severity as well as different treatments if indeed he has autism. Talk to your doctor or a psychologist regarding next steps.

Please hang in there. I have a son with autism. Through my blog, I just try to provide insight, tips and education. I also happen to be a school psychologist. You can visit my blog at http://raisingsucautistic.blogspot.com/. I was also in shock when I first received his diagnosis. Although I initially was in disbelief, ultimately all I wanted was assistance with his behaviors and lack of speech. Now I write to help other parents.

Good luck with your son and I hope an answer is provided to you. 

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