Girls and Autism

I think it’s great that more studies are being published on girls with autism. A previous client had not been diagnosed with autism due to her social skills. I urged mom to keep getting other opinions because I knew there was something there. Finally, mom found a hospital that had knowledge about autism being displayed differently in girls and she finally received her diagnosis!

I also do a lot of assessments for kiddos entering the ESE preschool program. I have seen many cases where based off the parent’s stories, are red flags for autism. But these girls are not referred to a specialist because they did so well during the interview. It’s very frustrating. If you believe there is something not right with your child, get 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th opinions. You know your child best, keeping looking for answers.

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‘Social Camouflage’ May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls by NPR

what is stimming and why you should leave it alone

Stimming is a term used with Autism to describe repetitive,  self stimulatory behavior. The behavior can vary in many ways: hand flapping, spinning wheels, pacing back and forth – it’s different for everyone. I had 2 parents approach me with their concerns that a professional, either a Doctor or a BCBA, told them to be concerned about their child’s stimming.

Do these professionals not know what Autism is? It’s a neurological disorder, which means they process information differently than you & I. Leave them alone! Stimming can occur for numerous reasons: anxiety, happiness, over stimulation in the environment. Just because it’s not how YOU show emotions, doesn’t mean it’s wrong.

Stimming is a form of energy, it has to come out. If you try to stop someone from stimming, do you know what’s going to happen? The behavior is going to change to a new form of stimming!! It’s going to happen, whether in front of your face or behind your back.

There are professionals out there that can’t think for themselves and say/do what they have been taught by the University. You, as a parent, are allowed to get a second opinion. You don’t have to do what they tell you. Do what feels comfortable to you, after all, they are YOUR child.

My recommendations: Accept your child the way they are & love them unconditionally. They are already perfect, for they too were made in God’s image. Just because they stim, doesn’t mean they can’t learn. Everything is going to be fine. We all have our quirks anyways.