By Kim Stagliano
Pediatricians have failed their patients with autism at every turn. Here are two pleas for help I saw recently on large, special needs groups. Expect when your youngster grows into a teen (male especially) that your ped will throw up her hands and ask you to leave because working with him is simply too difficult. My girls have never had a hearing or vision test at the peds office. "We can't do it, they won't cooperate."
American Academy of Pediatrics, you stink. 100% stink. Your members are prima-donna quitters who fire patients at will. Real doctors treat and heal. Pediatricians today weigh kids, take blood pressure, check a few orifices and then administer vaccines and referrals out to specialists in as short a period of time as possible, stacking patients like aircraft at LaGuardia. I have a new tagline for you, "AAP: We break them then forsake them." Catchy yes? More than measles....
You don't often wash your hands before a visit, you sure are soaping up now on our kids. But guess what? Shakespeare wrote it best and I hope you, Dr. MacBeth are tormented every day with, "Out out damn spot!" Kim
After a hard visit at the pedi today (just for a well physical visit ) we were told that if my asd son doesn't start to learn how to cooperate and let her examine him , he won't be able to be under her care anymore , so I'm interested to know about developmental pedis and if they are just for development issues or can do all (well, sick, developmental) and any names of some that aren't really associated with GIANT PRESTIGIOUS MEDICAL TRASHCAN (Kim's name for this institution) (as we have never had any good outcomes with them) please feel free to pm me.
And another comment:
Any recommendations for a pediatrician in the XYZ area? My son is thirteen and kind of large...We too are having a difficult time with our current pedi and my son. I think we need a bigger practice. Ours has one doc who is small in stature. She has trouble handling him as he is big and can resist a bit. Thinking maybe a practice that has more than one doc in it might be good.
Kim is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.