Recently, our son was sick with a 'virus'. Our doctor advised us not to administer antiobiotics because one of our son's conditions could be further drastically impacted by the traditional methods of addressing the 'virus'. In other words, if he was not dehydrated, did not continue to vomit, or have sever diarrhea, coupled with an extremely high fever--- just let the 'virus' run its course. Our son's natural immune system would have to prove itself with the help of OtC meds.
Like, most Parents, we simply want our son to be happy and healthy. We're not big on pharmaceutics as a preferred treatment method. But, when you have a child that does not/can not 'express' in words that he sick (internally), ---you, You, YOU just want a shot, run a test, put him in an MRI, do something to IMMEDIATELY MAKE HIM FEEL BETTER!
because the Autism is there every day, all the day long!
And whatever else is going on...
Well, HE IS DEALING WITH ENOUGH STUFF ALREADY!
Ok, we had heard of medicines counter-acting one another. But, this was the first time a doctor actually expressed the 'dual diagnosis' affect as it relates to Autism. By the way, for our son's 6th birthday, we chose another pediatrician because (well, we'll talk about that on another day).
It seems that every year, since our son was born, he has been diagnosed with something!
Our son has been diagnosed with several conditions that affect his neurological, biological, mental, emotional, medical and behavorial health.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory Integration Dysfunction
Semantic Pragmatic Language Disorder
Gastro Intestinal complications
Irritable Bowels Syndrome
Non-Life-threatening Sand sensitivity
Non-Life-threatening Citrus sensitivity
And we're crossing our fingers hoping to get through the remainder of this year, without another condition to add to the growing chart! Mind you, he's only 6 years old! (scream!!!!)
As a matter of fact, some of his treatments, therapies and medicines are classified under insurance categories as Behavioral/Mental Health.
Thus, doctors, therapists, pharmacies and other professional providers of supports and services often reference the terms 'Dual Diagnosis' or 'Co-Occurring Disorders' or 'Dual Treatment' and similar terms to address the needs of individuals who have Autism and other simultaneously occurring conditions.
Many families who are faced with Life-Threatening and terminal conditions are also dealing with 'Dual Diagnosis'. As a Parent/Caretaker, it is important that we understand these concepts. It is relevant to diagnosis, treatment, and insurance.
The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD)
NADD - An association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.
NADD is embarking on the development of Competency-Based Dual Diagnosis
Certification Programs for Programs/Facilities, Clinicians/Professionals, and
Direct Support Staff.
... getting professionals to accept the dualdiagnosis of Down Syndrome and Autism. ... who experienced Down Syndrome without Autism. The stereotype that people ...
PRAYING & Hoping for a Good, Productive and Enjoyable School Year :-)
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