"Early recognition of signs of autism -- a neurodevelopment disorder that leads to impaired language, communication and social skills -- is vital because it can lead to early intervention, says Dr. Gary Goldstein, an autism specialist and president of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/29/health/autism/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
Will is not autistic, thankfully, that's not a worry for us at this point. However, I read this article and it just further emphasized the need for early intervention. Had our pedi not given us some good warning signs and introduced us to the right next steps, Will still might not be walking or doing as well as he is.
Not to pat myself on the back, but I think you have to be pretty brave to say, "something is not right with my kid" and push for diagnosis. It's nothing I want to do again, but will because it's the right thing for my kid. For a while this pursuit of diagnosis was an unspoken, but real tone of conflict in our house between Neil and I. Neither of us wanted anything to be wrong with Will, but something just did not feel right. We're both glad we now know and can do as much as medically possible to provide for Will.
Early intervention, early diagnosis worked out well for us. I know for some that's not an answer.
Random post, random thought. Happy Thursday!