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Just wondering what your thoughts were on this? the median age of diagnosis from the latest survey was 4 1/2 years to 4 years and 8 months. (This is around the time I noticed my son having communication problems and a loss of previous language - which just happened to coincide with the rounds of shots for K.)<br><br>
I thought most kids were diagnosed between 18 months and 3 years? There doesn't seem to be any mention in the media of this later age of diagnosis.<br><br>
I have always thought that the vaxes caused problems in a cummulative way in lots of kids. Maybe now the mercury is less - it takes a little longer for the toxic effects of the shots to accumulate - thus the later diagnosing patterns.<br><br>
Really, just looking for info - ideas on this. Please refute if it doesn't sound plausible at all... Thanks!
 

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I don't think that age of diagnosis and age on onset are all that related. Some parents have to fight for years for a diagnosis.
 

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Also, I don't think that the mercury has been out long enough for it to have been a possible factor in kids that age.
 

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I thought the typical age was three. But I guess some kids wouldn't be diagnosed until they hit school age, especially if they were mild and a first child. I can pinpoint the day things went wrong with ds1, he was 18 months old and had his vaxes less than a week prior. But he wasn't officially diagnosed until he was 3. I had to fight for 6 months to get any help at all, the ped just kept putting us off. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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My son was officially DX at 16 mos.. but I *knew* there was a major problem at 4 days old.. sooo he was one of the few literally born autistic (thimerosal/mercury exposure was in utero so it makes sense..), he did take a turn for the "even worse" at about 15 mos tho which lit a fire under us to really get it together for EI (he is completely and totally non vax and BF until 2 yrs with organic whole food diet from the get go , among other things)<br><br>
Laura mom to Evan (and Jay)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My son was officially DX at 16 mos.. but I *knew* there was a major problem at 4 days old.. sooo he was one of the few literally born autistic (thimerosal/mercury exposure was in utero so it makes sense..), he did take a turn for the "even worse" at about 15 mos tho which lit a fire under us to really get it together for EI (he is completely and totally non vax and BF until 2 yrs with organic whole food diet from the get go , among other things)<br><br>
Laura mom to Evan (and Jay)</div>
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I'm sort of collecting anecdotes since the neurologists aren't asking these questions it seems...but if you don't mind me asking...how "severely" autistic is he?
 

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Parents tend to have a great deal of difficulty getting a diagnosis (which makes it kind of strange to hear all kinds of claims about "better diagnosis") so even though the age of really noticing that something's different about a child tends to be between 18 and 36 months, pediatricians tell parents that everything's fine, the child will talk when they're ready, let's wait and see what happens, etc. and so the child ends up not getting diagnosed until they're ready to start school.<br><br>
We dealt with this also but I was concerned enough to not listen to the pediatrician and called EI myself and subsequently self referred to a behavioral specialist.<br><br>
Of course it's looking like DD may not have autism at all but a medical condition that has neurological side effects, but that's another story.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Just wondering what your thoughts were on this? the median age of diagnosis from the latest survey was 4 1/2 years to 4 years and 8 months. (This is around the time I noticed my son having communication problems and a loss of previous language</td>
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The criteria states symptoms had to exist before age 3. Keep in mind the DSM is subjective in nature and therefore what one diagnoser sees is not necessarily what another sees.
 

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Hmmm...I had always heard that getting a diagnosis after age 3 is considered LATE....And it seems a lot of the publicity now emphasizes warning signs that could be present even in early infancy....I believe there is a late onset form of autism that might not occur until 3 or 4 years of age, but otherwise I think parents know that something is wrong long before then...
 
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