3yrs old Autism - help/advice

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Simvalley
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3yrs old Autism - help/advice

Postby Simvalley » Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:16 pm

Hello community,

We suspect that our 3 yrs old boy might be on the autistic spectrum. He has been seen by speech therapist on the NHS for 6 months (3 sessions in 6 months) and they have now concluded that he needs to be assessed by a developmental pediatrician. Also the inclusion officer at his nursery has indicated that it's more than just a speech delay. His communication is very behind and in the past 6 months he has withdrawn a bit, especially from his peers. He now seems to play in parallel with his peers rather than "with" them. He has also reduced making eye contact and sometimes he doesn't respond to his name. He hasn't been diagnose yet, but I can feel in my bones that something isn't right. I have been researching autism incessantly for the past 2 weeks and am now sure that he is autistic (I think mildly as he still makes eye contact and he's very affectionate). We want to try to do as much as possible in terms of early intervention asap. Don't want to (necessarily) wait for an official NHS diagnosis which could take several months..
I have been reading about ESDM (Early start Denver model) and PRT (Pivotal response theraphy)..
Has anyone got any feedback on these therapies and can you recommend clinics or specialists?
There are now to many symptoms that point toward ASD, we know that this isn't just a phase that he will grow out of.. we need real advice from people that have been in the same boat as us.

Thank you.
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Re: 3yrs old Autism - help/advice

Postby 2009Kat » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:56 am

Hello and big hug, you must be having a very worrying time.

These therapies are basically forms of applied behaviour analysis (ABA).  My son has been on an ABA programme for the last 3 years to great success (more the verbal behaviour methods).  I think many ABA professionals use the ESDM for very little children and that PRT is less used (mainly I think because there are less practitioners).  Please PM or email me if you would like to have a chat, any recommendations or places to look further.  

There are also some facebook groups run by some lovely local mums that may be helpful:
- ASD child in SW London (more ABA mums on this group)
- ASD SW London (less ABA but often more active)

Also ABA specific facebook groups - ABA Parents UK

ABAA4all - ABA access 4 all - look at their website, good information about ABA and the various methods and a facebook page.

Good luck
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Re: 3yrs old Autism - help/advice

Postby redfernpsychology » Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:09 am

We would be happy to see you and your child for an assessment if you want to be in touch via my practice.

I am a consultant clinical child and adolescent psychologist with over 25 years experience, and at www.redfernpsychology.org we assess and treat children with the whole range of emotional, behavioural and developmental difficulties and differences. I am based in Tooting and my two associates are across Surrey and SW London.
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Re: 3yrs old Autism - help/advice

Postby MelissaH » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:54 am

I really recommend Elaine Halligan's book My Child's Different which charts Elaine's own journey with her severely dyslexic son (initially diagnosed with ASD) and shows how positive parenting methods can really help children who are different in many ways.
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