Monday, July 5, 2010

Autism and SPD

Random question. How does a Developmental Pediatrician, who specializes in the diagnosis of Autism and related disorders, not acknowledge and believe SPD exsist? Is that even possible, seriously?

And what happens to the families or where would they go? Esp if there is only that one doctor in your area.

1 comment:

  1. Ugh. SO frustrating. He probably believes in sensory issues or that SPD is part of Autism. ALOT of pediatricians and other professionals have that view---ours did. It's mostly because it isn't in the DSM. 'Medically' speaking, if it isn't in that book, then it simply isn't real.

    Then, of course, acknowledging it means treatment for it will need to be covered through insurance companies, schools will have to start making sure there is assistance for these kids in the classroom, schools will need to make sure there are proper accomodations for these kids throughout the day when they need it (eg: Sensory Rooms, making classrooms more 'sensory friendly', etc.), teachers/doctors/other professionals who DIDN'T believe in it will need to educate themselves on it in order to properly assess it and direct families for the best therapy options...all of this will make it costly to the people involved (not that it hasn't been for us caregivers all of this time!)

    I simply cannot fathom how this even still happens with all of the research, the many families who talk about it, the OTs who are helping these children...etc. BUT...that's why we're all out here telling our stories--we are making it real! =)