Early intervention visits my baby 1x per week. Last week, our regular therapist decided to bring another person along for input. I was told to be prepared for a possible Autism or PDD-NOS diagnosis at some point because there were some definite red flags. We are on a long waiting list for a comprehensive evaluation at a medical teaching facility in my state (possibly another 4 months from now).
Fast forward to today and it is official. My baby has Autism. We met for the first time today with a DAN doctor and he confirmed it - my son is definitely on the spectrum. He has dealt with enough Autistic children to know the difference. The funny thing is that this doctor wanted to start my son immediately on 2 things - milk thistle and DHA. He is already on both! This doctor will also be testing for everything that the pediatric neurologist is not - to include defective mitrochondria. After testing his blood and urine, I will then begin other supplements that were recommended.
The new/recent signs are as follows: my son has recently begun flapping his hands, lining his cars/trucks up and makes brief eye contact with people. This has been such a gradual process that I can totally understand why parents do not recognize the signs until after the MMR (the shot that does them in). My son hasn't had a vaccine in 15 months and he is still slipping backward! The doctor was totally amazed that I refused the shots that I did. He also agreed with me that I could have been dealing with something far worse had I not done what I did.
I am pretty confident that I will recover my son. There are so many amazing people in this world that I owe a great deal of gratitude. Had it not been for them, I never would have encountered any hope or instructions on "what to do" to prevent further damage. I also never would have thought that my son was reacting negatively to his vaccines had it not been for the internet. I probably would have kept vaccinating!!
One thing that people must understand is that a vaccine reaction is considered "normal" if many other people are experiencing it too. So, if the CDC okays arsenic for your child, your child dies along with many, many others - this would be considered a normal reaction because it frequently occurred. Sick, huh? The "top officials" at the AAP, CDC, and FDA all need to spend the rest of their lives behind bars where they belong.