February 8, 2008
My pediatrician informed me that there's an explosion in diagnoses at the "mild" end of the spectrum. He's treated (as a pediatrician) a few such cases, where the individual is "off the spectrum" in a year or two. He overtly cast skepticism on the treatment, ie services. Would they have grown out of it without services, he asks. We don't know, he says.
Parents of autistics complain that pediatricians are too dismissive of early parental reports of abnormality. Me? I cling to my pediatrician's skepticism like a life-raft.