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not diagnosed they say its too early something is wrong though

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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

by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM
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by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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If you need a referral to get insurance to cover it, you could try a birth to 3 evaluation first.  Birth to 3 is a non-profit that operates in most states and offers developmental evaluations of all kids for free.  They are not physicians and cannot diagnose but the evaluation results can point to any number of  developmental disabilities and you can take the results to your doctor to ask for a referral to the developmental specialist.  In ASD and most other developmental disabilities there are developmental milestones that have not been met on time.  Sometimes as parents we are so occupied dealing with the difficulties that we miss these signs.  And if you cannot communicate this to your doctor they will not understand the need for further investigation and testing. Self-injury and bad tantrums get lots of press but they are neither universal with ASD nor actual symptoms.  They are actually negative side effects of the actual troubles you child is experiencing and happen with various diagnosis besides ASD.

by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Demand he be evaluated. My son was evaluated at 18 mo. They gave him a provisional diagnosis of Autism. So he can get services. At 3 they will make it an actual diagnosis.
by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM
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Quoting MomOfOneCoolKid:

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:

^^^ This. I didn't need a referral either. Wait- maybe I did, but they called the ped's office before my son's appointment to have it faxed over the week before his appointment. You definitely have reasons to be concerned and should follow up. (((HUGS)))

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