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August 13th, 2015, 08:45 AM
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Hello. I am Christina and I am a mom of 2 girls. Rachel is going to be 8 next month and Jamie is 6. Jamie has strabismus with intermittent extropia which she has had 2 eye surgeries and now glasses to correct. She is currently in speech therapy in school. My question is one I have thought for a while but her pedi does not see as an issue. Could she be autistic?

She does maintain eye contact but she has a lot of weird quirks not seen in most children. She is very sensitive to some sounds. She runs out of the room crying if Jeopardy comes on because she is scared of the sounds of the music. She will not wear clothes if they do not fit her perfect and if it has more than i seam on the outside of her pants she will not wear them. She can't play on her own. She has to have her "sissy" to play with her. Also she is Lactose intolerant but if she gets a chance she will eat cheese and will not tell you her stomach hurts untill she is doubled over in pain.It may just be me but these don't seem like things you normally see out of a 6 year old.
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August 15th, 2017, 07:47 AM
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Hi, Dear.
It is very lucky and a beautiful experience to have 2 beautiful daughters. I can surely feel why you are concerned with your elder daughter. First of all, we all must need to be in terms with what an autistic child actually is. Autism is actually a range of conditions that are characterized by repetitive words, a disturbed vocabulary, disrupted social skills. This all accounts with what you have described your daughter to be like. However, I would suggest visiting a child specialist rather than self-diagnosing. Even if she is autistic, you should love her as much as your other child. Don't cut her off from meeting with the people. She is still at a very early age and if given proper help, she can lead a better life by the time she grows up. Autism is a real disease and it should be taken care of properly, please don't give up on their mental health issues or ignore them. They want attention and crave for love. And again, I would mention, if given proper care and provided with the right help, they can get better and lead a life as simple as other normal human beings. They are as bright and intelligent as others, only they are unable to interact properly and think straight. Well, that can be taught to them. I understand doing this is going to be a lot hectic for you realizing you also have a younger daughter to take care of. You can hire a nurse for a better and effective care of both the kids. I hope you stay alright. Take care.
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