"If their child was PDD, they know it in their gut..."
So writes a parent of a so-called "late talking" child. I'm here to dispel that myth. While many parents recognize their child's PDD before diagnosis, in my experience, it's quite the opposite for a majority of parents. In fact, most parents haven't even heard of PDD. Of all the barometers for autism, a parent's gut is perhaps the least reliable. And if your child receives the diagnosis and you cling to your gut, the lightbulb won't go on.
Now I'm not arguing against skepticism, nor am I suggesting that there's no value to a mother's intuition. However, acceptance laced with skepticism is quite different from denial.
But reading the sentence excerpted above was a revelation for me. I had always been puzzled by the late talker yahoo group's mission statement:
This list does not serve those discussing vaccinations, special diets, sensory therapies or knowingly accepted false diagnosis.How do you knowingly accept a false diagnosis? Does this idea presuppose that the doctor tells you it's a false diagnosis or a diagnosis for services? Does that even happen?
But now I get it. You know it's a false diagnosis, because: you know. In your gut. Your infallible gut, which isn't really infallible.
Update: Note - the late talker group changed its mission statement. The excerpt above was accurate as of the date the post was published.