I’m afraid my 2 year old is autistic. My doctor says not to worry. What should I do?
Parent intuition is strong and often accurate. Remember that while a doctor has a tremendous amount of education, you, as a parent, have a PhD in you child. I strongly suggest that you look for a second opinion. Some sources are your local school district, teaching hospital, or autism center. Call your insurance company and ask about diagnostic options. Early diagnosis and treatment have tremendously positive effects on the rest of your child’s life. Even if your child isn’t classically “autistic”, they may sustain improvements from early intervention such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, or social skills training. As a parent, you may benefit from specific education opportunities like how to encourage interaction with your child and how to mitigate sensory issues. Your child is lucky to have a caring and committed parent like you.