What is the Difference btwn an Autism dx from a Neuro vs a Dev. Ped? - Mothering Forums

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Old 12-10-2008, 10:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I was asked today if dd was dx'd autistic by a neuro or a developmental ped.

Anybody know why they would ask this? Does one or the other carry more "weight"?

FWIW... dd was dx'd by the dev ped. Her neuro doesn't agree. I am still on the fence about it.
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I'm not sure. It might have just been a question (ie: who should I contact about why the DX was made)?

Developmental Pediatricians seem to deal with ASD diagnosis more frequently than neurologist and psychiatrists, except in situations where they specialize in ASD.
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One thing is that I think a neuro would be more able to rule out other disorders that can mimic autism (e.g. Landau Kleffner, other seizure disorders). Whereas a dev. ped might be coming from a more pragmatic standpoint of "Does this child have the same characteristics as a child with ASD and would they benefit from the same support".

I have a good friend with a child who has an "official diagnosis" of Childhood Disintegrative Disorder from his neuro. However, at this point he function exactly like a child with HFA. His parents use the HFA label when they're trying to put together interventions for him etc . . . but from a medical perspective there are certain differences in onset and perhaps etiology between the two.
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