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My son is showing signs of having Autism. Anyone know of a good doctor in the area particulary familiar with the type " Asperger syndrome" . I want someone trained in Autism , not just his pediatrician.
You may also want to check out the University of Florida Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. Good luck.
My son, who is now 15, was diagnosed at the Psychiatry Clinic at Shands but only after Lisa Schiavoni of Milestones in the Making had done some extensive tests and indicated Asperger's was a possibility. This was back in 2000 when Asperger's vs. Autism was still pretty new. I had several, well meaning but uninformed, people tell me my son couldn't be on the Autistic Spectrum because he talked so much and so well.
We worked a lot with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in the early years and had lots of Occupational Therapy (and that was back when insurance made a point of excluding any diagnosis of Autism from coverage) . We still rely on Dr. Nancy Worthington, who fortunately was our regular pediatrician, for ongoing advice for alternative treatments. Dr. Nancy really makes a point to stay in the know on all of the intervention options and has been a great help as my son transitioned from elementary school (when mom can help and guide) to middle and high school (when kids don't want mom around or involved at all). He is currently on a great vitamin regimen and is receiving hyperbaric oxygen treatments. Both have helped decrease his anxiety which has really allowed his personality and sense of humor to shine through.
My son is in a magnet high school program with great grades and has even learned to enjoy team sports and make some friends. He fully intends to "fly the coop" (leave for college) in three years and we are confident he will be ready!
Here are two links that hopefully will help you!!