Well here it is – many years after coming up with the idea of doing one of these I have finally put it together and taken the plunge.
A while ago (about two years) we got a letter asking us to visit one of Solomon’s doctors, they wanted me to sign something that would give Solly the official tag of autism – this would mean a whole load of things would be easier: funding, healthcare, schooling etc.
Thing is, is that I really do not think he has autism – I think he has global developmental delay and even though in the short term it makes things easier to ‘sign him off’ (their language not ours). I don’t like the idea of labeling when people are not absolutely sure, especially when it seems that they are just going through a process that will nicely put him on a shelf as case solved and closed.
The meeting was a very interesting one, and a very long one. The doctor who had only seen Solomon for an hour was reading various conflicting reports from different health officials and was absolutely certain that Solomon had autism and I was simply in denial, after all, he was a doctor, he was smart and had a science degree.
The short movie at the top I made shows what happened, and I am happy to say that since (about 6 months ago) his case was thrown out of the Autism board as the real autistic professionals said he likes people too much for him to be on the spectrum.
So moral of this post, listen to your doctor and don’t be scared to challenge his viewpoint. Listen, don’t blindly believe. And if in any doubt tell your doctor that they have autism and give them a hug, they’ll appreciate it.