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October 29th, 2007, 12:01 PM
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I just came across this article where peds are urging all kids to be screened twice for autism by age 2.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071029/ap_on_...utism_screening

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October 29th, 2007, 01:07 PM
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I can see this causing worry to many parents and doctors giving their opinions about it when most of what they say, IMO, is a repeat of what the pharm reps tell them. But I can also see it being good for those parents who might be in denial about anything being wrong with their kid and might not do anyhing unless a medical specialist tells them something is wrong. Whatever it does, it does spread awareness and that is a plus.

I don't like how Autism Speaks is always mentioned in articles and TV reports. Do they pay to have their web site be included and nobody elses? I don't like them because I have read that the majority of their funding comes from drug companies.
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October 30th, 2007, 08:47 AM
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I agree that its a good idea, but its a double edge sword. You can cause some parents to panic if they see any little sign, but again, some parents who would be in denial or only take action if a specialist tells them too, it would be good for those. Again, exposure is up, so hopefully more children will start getting treatment earlier when it can do more good for them. But again, they point out the difficulty of getting the screening done during routine visits if the ins. company won't pay for it. I think that will be a big limiting factor. The insurance companies. They need to realize how important early detection is and how crucial therapy is and adjust their policies to allow for these types of screenings before a pervasive problem is discovered. Most cases now, the doc has to request prior approval to get any thiing like this done and the wait can take forever and if not enough evidence is presented the request can be denied, leading to appeals processes and so on. There is still early intervention, but at least where I live, there has to be a certain amount of delays before they will provide services, so it still can be a problem if the autism is mild, and not too pervasive.
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October 31st, 2007, 04:09 AM
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I agree. I didn't go through my ped, I didn't even think of taking him to a doctor. When I realized there was something up with Hunter, I called Early Intervention. I didn't pay any money out of pocket for the first S&L Impaired eval, or the eval done that found him to have autism about 6 months later. But I couldn't have done that w/o something being wrong. But I'm glad this doc is thinking about the children, because Early Intervention is the key for them, if they do have autism.
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