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Whats the difference?

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melmamof3 Wed 22-Oct-08 09:07:27

CAn anyone tell me what the difference is between Autism and core Autism? I contacted SC to see if I could get some help with my ds2, and they said they couldnt help unless he had core autism. Whats the difference, if any?

nikos Wed 22-Oct-08 09:41:06

Hi Mel,
I haven't heard the term 'core autism' but perhaps it refers to classic autism. Where the child is non-verbal? Not sure but didn't want you to remain unanswered. What is SC and how old is your ds2?

cyberseraphim Wed 22-Oct-08 09:52:52

I've heard the term - it seems to mean classic autism and is diagnosed at an 'early' stage - meaning pre school. If a child is dxd later, it's unlikely to be called core autism.

melmamof3 Wed 22-Oct-08 11:17:06

I meant SS - Social Services blush was a bit early for me [yawn]

My ds2 is only 3, but I am due new baby in 5 weeks, so was wanting a bit extra help if there was any.

He was dx at 2, but not once have I heard th term. I'll just have to speak to his SALT/EP to see what they say. Dont have another hospital appointment until Dec, but ont really want to wait until then to ask.

TheodoresMummy Wed 22-Oct-08 11:49:35

Have just googled core autism and read a couple of articles.

Core autism seems to refer to people who don't speak with any meaning, don't connect with the 'outside' world, can't be reached.

Have a google...smile

amber32002 Wed 22-Oct-08 12:31:29

Either way, the response of Social Services is wrong. What they probably mean is that they will only help children who have a "learning disability", with a low IQ, and won't help those who have Asperger syndrome which is the same sort of thing but with a higher IQ. This is against government advice, and they shouldn't be doing it. Un-helped autism costs £billions a year in trouble further into the future/lost income/cost of emergency support later, so helping children and their families properly is a huge cost-saving for everyone, which is why they're supposed to be putting proper services and support into place for all diagnosed children, not just the ones they approve of.

See if your local autism charity has a contact who can give you some help with this, maybe?

yesmynameisigglepiggle Wed 22-Oct-08 13:35:22

How did you get a dx for your child at 2? Hope you don't mind me asking.

melmamof3 Wed 22-Oct-08 13:43:52

I had a look on google, and it wasnt much help. Probably looking at the wrong stuff.

I got my son diagnosed at 2, after I had been voicing my concerns to my HV about his behaviour since he was 1. I was backwards and forwards to my HV for months, and all she kept talling me was that I had to wait until his 2 year check before I would be able to get him referred. At that time, I didnt think he had autism, just developement delay, as still wasnt holding things at 15 months. I think I annoyed them that much they were glad to get rid! Also, the specialist who saw him wanted to get a diagnosis pretty quick, as he was leaving the region, and nobody was replacing him for a while.

yesmynameisigglepiggle Wed 22-Oct-08 13:45:39

Thanks melmamof3. I don't think we have 2 year checks in this area. Will pay a visit to HV, Though she is often not much help
x

melmamof3 Wed 22-Oct-08 13:52:11

Most HV are useless. I have found that they are more interested in new babies than older children. I dont even know who my HV is any more, as my last one left ages ago.

I've replied to your other thread you started, hope it helps.

yesmynameisigglepiggle Wed 22-Oct-08 14:07:20

Thanks! Have not seen mine since he was a baby and had jabs. May just go to GP.

kettlechip Wed 22-Oct-08 16:07:27

don't write off HV's completely, ours had a special interest in autism and has been far more knowledgeable than any GP I've spoken to.
Maybe ask if there is another member of her team who has any knowledge in this area.

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