Right, after yesterday’s post (and thank you so much to those who have reached out to me – you are so awesome) I think we are on the right path to get the help Jamie needs.
Straight of the bat this doctor looked at Jamie, listened to us, made us feel comfortable, appeared sincere and caring and made us feel like he was helping us. He was the 5th person we told our story to and he took the conversation over and instead of us telling him what we experience with Jamie, he told us and we just nodded along and said “yes, yes, yes, this is so Jamie, yes”.
He told us that there is nothing wrong with Jamie, he is a healthy, highly intelligent boy (which we knew anyway, but he believed it too). Then he went on and basically confirmed what I all along suspected – Jamie is on the spectrum. He has highly functional Autism / Asbergers Syndrome.
(Here’s a list of symptoms to familiarize yourself if you are interested – link)
The defiance, ADHD, impulsiveness is all symptoms of it and that’s why treating ADHD didn’t work, the psychiatrist went about it the wrong way medicating him with Methylphenidate. That’s why things has gotten worse since we started looking for help, because we didn’t get the help we needed. According to this doc he needs CARING not CURING.
The doctor actually gave me a fist bump when I told him “thank you, that’s what I believed, but nobody wanted to listen to me” and immediately forwarded me articles on a study about parents search for a timely diagnosis and their frustrations.
I’m extremely thankful to say we are on the right path now. It’s still not going to be easy, but I know that at last we have the support from someone in the medical profession with a plan of action.
Being autistic is nothing to be ashamed of, it just means you see and experience the world in a different way. Albert Einstein, Amadeus Mozart, Sir Isaac Newton, Bill Gates and so many other absolutely brilliant people were all on the spectrum apparently and intelligence levels are usually very high for these kids. An autistic child is different, not less.
Our boy’s going to be alright.