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jtsmommy11
not diagnosed they say its too early something is wrong though
January 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM

NEED HELP!!!!!

my son is 18 months old and has violent tantrums. he gets mad very easy and bangs his head to the point of serious bruises and knots. he pinches and slaps himself and me. he has screaming fits that can be from 5 min to an hour or more i have tried time out talking distractions and sadly even spanking ( lightly tapping his hand when he hits). nothing is helping. i talked to his doctor and he says he is jjust a boy hitting that stage but i see it as more. i worry hes autistic but they say its too early to diagnose. i need help im so overwhelmed i have been breaking down and crying with him

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  • jaydensmom1726
    January 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    tell your dr. you want a refferal to get him evaluated .if they wont give you one i would find a new dr.

  • Jenniy
    by Jenniy
    January 20, 2013 at 11:53 PM
    Ask for a referral to a developmental pediatrician that works with autistic children, if you're in SW WA or near Portland, OR, OHSU has a dev peds program for autistic kids.
  • AshleeP87
    January 21, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    my so just turned 1 and does that he literlly bites his fingers till they bleed his ped blows it off my 4 yr old daughter rocks really bad and is ocd he told me it sever axinety i have been trying to get my daughted evulated but they wont do it till she 4 well she just turned 4 and her ped is sending her to a sleeping disorder clinet i dont get it and i know the feeling of being over whelemed i am in the process of changing peds to get answers

  • MomOfOneCoolKid
    January 21, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    just find a developmental pediatrician and make an appointment. i didn't need a referral. i just googled until my head fell off lol

     

    seriously though, autism speaks has resource guide with this sorta stuff: http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-guide

     

  • MomOfOneCoolKid
    January 21, 2013 at 6:12 AM

     


    Quoting AshleeP87:

    my so just turned 1 and does that he literlly bites his fingers till they bleed his ped blows it off my 4 yr old daughter rocks really bad and is ocd he told me it sever axinety i have been trying to get my daughted evulated but they wont do it till she 4 well she just turned 4 and her ped is sending her to a sleeping disorder clinet i dont get it and i know the feeling of being over whelemed i am in the process of changing peds to get answers


     IMO general peds are for tummy aches, the cold, the flu etc.

    They're not mental / psychological experts.

    IME, you have to find these docs yourself. You can also check out your insurance's website for a list of in-doc providers mental health specialists

  • Kate00
    by Kate00
    January 21, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    I get so mad when I read stuff like this - 18 months is not too young for a diagnosis!  We got ours at 18 months, though we "knew" at 15 months.  Like others have said, make an appointment for a developmental pediatrician as soon as you can.  There tends to be a waiting list, sometimes you can get in on a cancellation.  Every state also has an early intervention program.  You do not need a pediatrician's referral for it, and they can provide therapy like speech, behavioral, etc.  Trust your instinct - if you think he might be autistic, follow up on it and don't wait.  Our doctor told us to "wait and see" but not listening to him was one of the best decisions we ever made.  

    Early intervention has made a HUGE difference with my son - it's incredible how far he's come.  

  • JTMOM422
    January 21, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Call your state early intervention and have someone come and look and talk to you. I also think talking to your doc and asking for a referral. If he won't give it find another doc. If it were to be ASD the earlier the dx and intervention the better. Don't take no as an answer keep pushing. 

  • N.Carter2001
    January 21, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Call early intervention. We had to cause our son was 1and hitting his head on floors and walls and rocking. We felt he had autism but they gave us advice and said they really don't think he has it. He grew out of doing that a lot. 

  • mypbandj
    Jen
    January 21, 2013 at 9:55 AM
    I agree with everyone above. Regular peds are good for things like ear infections and monitoring growth but they tend to not have any extensive knowledge on anything else (behavior, parenting, Breastfeeding, car seats, etc) and tend to give their opinions - not peer reviewed research.

    There is an online screening called the MCHAT. My ped actually uses it with all kids at 12 months. It's made for kids 12-30 months and its to help detect kids with ASD early on. Here's a link:

    http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/diagnosis/screen-your-child

    Sorry I can't make it clicky - I'm mobile.

    If you take that screening, it may make you aware of any other possible ASD behaviors your child is having.

    I would definitely call your local Early Intervention. It's free for them to come to your house and evaluate your child. You do not need a referral. You can call them and tell them your concerns.
  • Stazzi
    by Stazzi
    January 21, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    yes, yes, yes Please call your Health & Welfare department for the Infant Toddler Program (ITP). They will evaluate him and help get you what you need. It is a great program!


    I knew something was wrong with my son at 12 months of age. ITP would not evaluate him until he was 18 months, saying he had to be 18 months to give him time to hit certain milestones. They finally did see him at 16 months because of my persistance. Follow your mama instincts. YOU are his voice.

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