Jennie and I tried to educate the educators about his condition. You make a lot of great points. She's the one who coaxes a lot of milestones out of Zoe. I totally agree with the point you made about labels just being needed for insurance and payments. We continue to campaign to get the film on television, and feel confident that it will be broadcast somewhere, at some point. Coming soon: The film will be available with Spanish subtitles by the end of this month.
Erik and Jennie are dedicated advocates for their son on a path that many of us have taken. Erik captured the ups and downs that we all experience when starting our special needs journey. While there is considerable overlap between sensory processing disorder which Graham presumably has and autism for which this is one of the symptoms , it is frequently difficult to distinguish between the two. Did you spend hours searching for the right therapy that would help you reach your child? Thank you so much for the video Erik. What made you turn your journey into a film? Her speech is greatly improved. This distinction may soon become even more difficult to perceive, given that sensory processing difficulties will soon get more rather than less emphasis as a newly defined core symptom in diagnosing autism. I hate the term spectrum.
You get to see firsthand not only his son Graham, but Erik and his wife through every therapy, meltdown, tear and triumph that comes their way. So when I felt like I had figured something out, I wanted to share the knowledge with others. My e-mail is in my profile! Leave your email address so I can contact you. One down, twelve more to go! In the meantime, I think we are all on individual journeys with unique kids that have some commonalities with other kids. We are going through an autism eval in June because he fits many of those criteria but I don't think he is autistic but if they will call him that and get me help I don't care. It reminded me of things I went througha nd I saw how you solved these problems. I realized that if we were caught in this grey zone, others must be too.
I remember he spells out what autism is and is not in the first part of one of the books. When their son was just 15 months old, Erik and Jennie Linthorst suspected something was not quite right. There would be room for enormous error. We know for certain that their brains do not work in a typical way. She's developed a keen sense of humor. It's overwhelming to muddle through therapies, vitamins, controlled diets, etc, and try to figure out what would help your child.
Their assesment doesn't even have a line for dx. I know you and I have talked before. So I don't think autism is over diagnosed at least not in our case. If not a sibling then someone like a cousin, neighbor, someone from church. Please understand, I'm not negating your experience or anyone else's. It's too confusing and misleading. Then you and my guest Erik Linthorst have something in common.
I get emails every week from parents all over the world who tell me they felt all alone. But this year he turned a corner. I never dreamed it would be as all-consuming as it has become. With his parents still seeking a clear diagnosis, Graham was launched into a program of behavioral therapy. However, in her general special ed setting, she's flourishing.
It was kind of a disaster. In just a few months, Graham was doing much better in school. I swear, I think Zoe's best therapist is her big sister Andi!! You need to check back to win — if you do not respond, a new winner will be drawn. Our understanding of neurovariation is still only in infant stages. Thanks again for your efforts and let us know if you ever want to take your story to Costa Rica! One of the experts even details very clearly that on the Good Morning America show yesterday. Your video sure did put everything in perspective.
Thank you for doing such an awesome documentary. I rarely think of the students I work with as having any sort of label. One of my students is graduating this year, with a full academic diploma! I can't wait to get my copy in the mail and post about it after watching. Anything that normalizes my son's behavior is so comforting at this stage! Jody Becker, my co-filmmaker, has stayed by my side, continuing to pitch the film and the issue to the likes of 60 Minutes, Newsweek and the New York Times. The survey will take approximately 3 mins If you feel you are not ready to take the survey yet, you can always use the feedback button at the bottom of the page to access the survey.
It sure sounds like the first clinicians this family had was far from fully competent, unfortunately this is the case in a majority of cases. I totally agree with you that there are a lot of folks out there selling very expensive treatments. She's in special ed preschool with 6 other kids of varying needs. We just started down the road of finding out what my son is struggling with. Zoe most certainly does not have classic autism. Thank Would love to see this. Thank you Erik for sharing your story with the public and thank you Hartley for sharing it with us! You can find more about Autistic Like, and Erik on , and on his.