They also were concerned back in the little evaluation room that she lined up all the dolls instead of doing pretend play. Then when they asked Zoe a question and she repeated their last word back to them, they said this speech pattern was called “echolalia,” which is a “red flag” for autism. They were pretty shocked when she picked up a book and started to sound out the letters into words. I guess two-year-olds aren’t supposed to be able to do that.
So even though we haven’t sat down and talked about an official diagnosis, it looks like my baby girl has autism, or PDD-NOS with the “splinter skill” “hyperlexia” on the side… whatever the heck that all means. Google is going to be my best friend for the next few weeks.
I know I should probably be freaking out but really I’m not that worried about it because Zoe is so smart and so sweet and so funny and outgoing at her music classes with her performances in the middle of the circle, that I can’t imagine this autism business is going to be that terrible. I asked the doctor what the effects of autism on Zoe would look like in 10 years from now. She said she didn’t know. So I kind of feel like I am looking at a blank sheet of paper here.
I asked Dr. Lisa about Jennie McCarthy and curing Autism. The doctor said not to bother and that the only thing proven to help is Occupational Therapy, something called, ABA and Speech Therapy. Today she sent out the referrals for speech and “OT” but I have to figure out health insurance, which means I have to speak to Chris about all of this.
Dr. Lisa said autism seems to happen to the smartest kids. Which is why, I suppose, It happened to my little genius Zoe. She gave me some pamphlets for CARD (Center for Autism) and for support groups too, but I left them at the office. I don’t need any support.