Our little girl is turning 6 this year - I am confused by what professionals say and what is the problem and what we experience her to be:
Her doctor leans towards "atypical autism" but he says that this is due to the fact that she is too sociable and her eye contact is too good for an autism diagnosis - her functioning in some aspects he says is higher than that of an Aspergers child for example she is quite good at reading others' emotions - except for fear but then her world is pretty protected, other than her own fears she does not know what fear looks like; however her speech is delayed.
Her sensory issues he says are a symptom of something according to the diagnostic manual (and common professional practice); but he acknowledges they are quite prominent e.g. she is super cautious - no plaster on her EVER, she would not tolerate it in any case. Mornings putting on sun block, brushing hair etc is a NIGHTMARE. She battles to chew gritty/hard foods. Has only now starting eating sweets such as jelly tots and cheese curls. She is terrified of the dark, lifts, escalators, flickering lights actually, any change of brightness e.g. when we go from the garage into the sun or visa versa.
She is inflexible to move from the safe to new when it comes to things like TV shows and she battles with transitions, need routine and rituals. She stims - opening and shutting doors and washing her hands - but that actually involves opening and closing taps - our home lights must be on at all time and she loves fans.