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The difference between boys and girls with autism spectrum diorder.
Signs of Asperger's in girls
A Autism Spectrum diagnosis is not the end of the world. In fact its a relief. This may sound like an oxy moron its not. As mothers we are the first to know our child is not progressing properly. We are with the child more than anyone else. Its logic and our motherly instinct that tells us something is wrong. This was my experience. This was my first child. Here you are so excited about being pregnant and terrified at the same time. Wow! You are starting a new journey one that will never be the same. Our lives change tremendously, never to return the way they were. Motherhood is a lifelong journey.
I deliver my baby and she is a premie. You talk about life changing. Our lives changed in a flash. I was expecting a healthy daughter. Well to my surprise our lives have never been normal after this event. It was a shock to say the least on many different levels. I could not work anymore, working full-time with benefits. My baby was in Neonatal Unit at our local hospital. Even after having my daughter my health was not good. You see I had toxemia(blood pressure was high causing my body to be toxic). This caused me to be induced to have my daughter. She was born at 30 weeks. She weighed a whopping 2lbs. 13 3/4 oz.
As she stayed in the hospital for six weeks, got dismissed at 4lbs. 7 oz. I was taking her to doctor 3 and 4 times a week. The doctor got to know her. This wasn't just on a doctor and patient basis it was more personal. I remember quite vividly, her remark one visit. I remember my daughter to be around 3 months old. She stated, ' we have to watch her closely.' My daughter was not making eye contact with me and I would go to pick her up she would arch her back. This is two classic signs of an autism spectrum disorder. It is harder to diagnose in girls than boys. Girls can hide a lot when they get older. Girls also look normal. Also these kids a lot of times will walk on their toes. My daughter did this as well. She wore inserts in her high top shoes to correct this. There are other issues that I will bring up in other blogs. If you suspect your child has this get a diagnosis early.