Girls' autism signs miss early diagnosis

Girls' autism signs miss early diagnosis

There are 8 comments on the Journal Gazette story from Dec 14, 2008, titled Girls' autism signs miss early diagnosis. In it, Journal Gazette reports that:

There's nothing unusual about Emily Disher. Not at first glance, anyway. In many ways, the Fort Wayne 12-year-old is a typical sixth-grader. She does her homework.

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Since: Jul 07

San Antonio, Texas

#2 Dec 15, 2008
Ah, but we are "damaged", dontchaknow. How on Earth can we make our own decisions, pathetic creatures that we are?

Here's a better idea - get the mother SPAYED, like the b***h she is. No child, NT or autistic (especially autistic) needs the kind of "care" she is giving.

Eugenics is SO last century, NTs. Get over it. We're here to stay, and soon we will be legion.
Petersen

United States

#3 Dec 16, 2008
Yogi bear took the mother's quote out of context.

Here is the whole thing:“It (the idea that her daughter would enter puberty soon) scared me,” Breit says.“I don’t know how other parents have dealt with that because I’ve never heard anyone talk about it. If there’s a pill that would allow Rileigh to not menstruate at all, I’d be interested in it. But then, you think, that couldn’t possibly be healthy for her, right?”

The mother is just venting. She is scared. She is tired. She says she'd be interested in stopping the menstraul cycle altogether and then immediately takes it back. She doesn't want to do anything that is unhealthy for her daughter, physical or otherwise. But she is afraid of how puberty is going to effect her daughter's difficulties socially. She has the right to be. Read her quote in context and you will see she is a concerned parent struggling to do the right thing. God bless her.

Yogi Bear and eigenvalue should be ashamed of themselves for jumping on her and being so judgmental.

Since: Jan 07

Location hidden

#4 Dec 16, 2008
First, many with autism cant even manage every day hygiene let alone a period and then there's the fear of an 'accident', which would be quite embarrassing for any child let alone a child with autism. Besides having autism, many girls have issues with menstruating and there are medications to help lesson it, my niece is on some for starters. Her cycle lasted two weeks. Also, there is birth control these days which also lesson a menstrual cycle. Fact is, I'm not sure who of us want it every month if we didn't have to have it. Bloating, cramps, irritability (maybe some are PMS'ing now) the mess of it and expense.... This parent wasn't talking about a surgical procedure either, they were talking about a pill, which many women take, which is not permanent. Stop taking the pill, get your period.

The two posters never consider other's may be less functioning than they are, and don't consider disabled children are often taken advantage of and become pregnant, all of which a parent needs to consider. They are judgmental and don't consider the whole picture or outlook of another.
Petersen wrote:
Yogi bear took the mother's quote out of context.
Here is the whole thing:“It (the idea that her daughter would enter puberty soon) scared me,” Breit says.“I don’t know how other parents have dealt with that because I’ve never heard anyone talk about it. If there’s a pill that would allow Rileigh to not menstruate at all, I’d be interested in it. But then, you think, that couldn’t possibly be healthy for her, right?”
The mother is just venting. She is scared. She is tired. She says she'd be interested in stopping the menstraul cycle altogether and then immediately takes it back. She doesn't want to do anything that is unhealthy for her daughter, physical or otherwise. But she is afraid of how puberty is going to effect her daughter's difficulties socially. She has the right to be. Read her quote in context and you will see she is a concerned parent struggling to do the right thing. God bless her.
Yogi Bear and eigenvalue should be ashamed of themselves for jumping on her and being so judgmental.
angel

Clearfield, PA

#5 Dec 17, 2008
I have a 12 yr. old daughter who has LD and GAD. She recently began her monthly. I had gone over everything prior. When it actually started she didn't know what it was, nor did she tell me. That is until later that day. She also has problems with personal hygiene and has to be reminded to change and shower, it's a fight. I have a son that has autism and he is in the middle of the functioning level. He has an IQ of 53, which gave him the mild MR. Dx. I can understand this mothers concern. Not all of those on the spectrum function at the same level. Some can function quite well, others need to have assistance. I really don't think that it's fair to judge a mothers concern. Some parents of girls on the spectrum that I know have to bath, and shave their daughter’s legs. The mother has every right to be concerned about her daughter. Not only is it the hormone issue, but it's also the hygiene. The daughter may get infections from not properly caring for herself if not having any assistance. Also the fact of changing in school and may be forgetting to put a pad back on, then the child is left dealing with the embarrassment of the mess.

Parents don't look at their children as damaged. My son is who he is, and I love him unconditionally. Parents want what is best for their children autism or not.
How interesting

Houston, TX

#6 Dec 17, 2008
I read the article thoroughly and did not get the feeling that the mother of Rileigh wanted to squash her daughter's potential to begin the process of becoming a woman. It sounded more like she wanted to help her transition at a slower, more controlled pace until her daughter could accept it. That is just a normal parent's reaction - to protect. Her daughter is only 6 so she will have time to make the right decisions for her her.

Although I would completely agree with your point of view, if in fact the mother was wanting to permanently eliminate her daughter's natural menstrual cycle, you may want to re-think the "we are legion" phrasing. You are basically saying that you are posessed by demons.

Luke 8:30 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He said, "Legion," for many demons had entered into him.

Again, I understand your point of view, but wanted to let you know the "we are legion" comment undermines what you have to say.
eigenvalue wrote:
Ah, but we are "damaged", dontchaknow. How on Earth can we make our own decisions, pathetic creatures that we are?
Here's a better idea - get the mother SPAYED, like the b***h she is. No child, NT or autistic (especially autistic) needs the kind of "care" she is giving.
Eugenics is SO last century, NTs. Get over it. We're here to stay, and soon we will be legion.

Since: Jul 07

San Antonio, Texas

#7 Feb 17, 2009
Petersen wrote:
Yogi bear took the mother's quote out of context.
Here is the whole thing:“It (the idea that her daughter would enter puberty soon) scared me,” Breit says.“I don’t know how other parents have dealt with that because I’ve never heard anyone talk about it. If there’s a pill that would allow Rileigh to not menstruate at all, I’d be interested in it. But then, you think, that couldn’t possibly be healthy for her, right?”
The mother is just venting. She is scared. She is tired. She says she'd be interested in stopping the menstraul cycle altogether and then immediately takes it back. She doesn't want to do anything that is unhealthy for her daughter, physical or otherwise. But she is afraid of how puberty is going to effect her daughter's difficulties socially. She has the right to be. Read her quote in context and you will see she is a concerned parent struggling to do the right thing. God bless her.
Yogi Bear and eigenvalue should be ashamed of themselves for jumping on her and being so judgmental.
She's obviously incompetent as a parent, and should relinquish the child to proper caregivers. No, I am not "ashamed" in the least. When we control the world, I can't wait to stop your kind from breeding.

Since: Jul 07

San Antonio, Texas

#8 Feb 17, 2009
friend wrote:
First, many with autism cant even manage every day hygiene let alone a period and then there's the fear of an 'accident', which would be quite embarrassing for any child let alone a child with autism. Besides having autism, many girls have issues with menstruating and there are medications to help lesson it, my niece is on some for starters. Her cycle lasted two weeks. Also, there is birth control these days which also lesson a menstrual cycle. Fact is, I'm not sure who of us want it every month if we didn't have to have it. Bloating, cramps, irritability (maybe some are PMS'ing now) the mess of it and expense.... This parent wasn't talking about a surgical procedure either, they were talking about a pill, which many women take, which is not permanent. Stop taking the pill, get your period.
The two posters never consider other's may be less functioning than they are, and don't consider disabled children are often taken advantage of and become pregnant, all of which a parent needs to consider. They are judgmental and don't consider the whole picture or outlook of another.
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Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic. I've told you SO many times I'm well aware of how well or how poorly others function - you just choose to ignore it. We've also been all through your other tired arguments many, many times, and I have crushed you like the irrational mental midget you are. All you do now is appeal to the emotions of other NTs, because you have no rational platform. I shan't bother correcting you for the umpteenth time, instead, I shall simply thank God I have a brain that functions properly in the cognitive realm, and not one like yours.

Since: Jul 07

San Antonio, Texas

#9 Feb 17, 2009
How interesting wrote:
I read the article thoroughly and did not get the feeling that the mother of Rileigh wanted to squash her daughter's potential to begin the process of becoming a woman. It sounded more like she wanted to help her transition at a slower, more controlled pace until her daughter could accept it. That is just a normal parent's reaction - to protect. Her daughter is only 6 so she will have time to make the right decisions for her her.
Although I would completely agree with your point of view, if in fact the mother was wanting to permanently eliminate her daughter's natural menstrual cycle, you may want to re-think the "we are legion" phrasing. You are basically saying that you are posessed by demons.
Luke 8:30 Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He said, "Legion," for many demons had entered into him.
Again, I understand your point of view, but wanted to let you know the "we are legion" comment undermines what you have to say.
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You need to stop buying crack down in the Fifth Ward - it's rotted your brain. You focus on a single, perfectly proper word in the English language that I used in my post, and distort it to fit your crazed fundie (most likely Southern Baptist) Weltanschauung. I suppose you think members of the American Legion are demons, too? Check yourself in to HCPC, pronto. And try going to a Lutheran church for an intellectual perspective. There's a lovely one near Rice Village.

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