This is a recent Q&A by a mum, my reply was much too long to fit into the comments section so I’ve posted it here. I get asked this A LOT btw:-)
Hi , can I just ask, has both your daughters fully recovered (now normal)? Has their diagnosis been formally removed by the psychologist and Pediatrician? What I meant by “now normal” is they no longer have any autistic traits and fully recovered? Thank you very much for your response.
Mrs F, Malaysia
Hi Mrs F,
Yes both my children are recoverd from autism. My eldest daughter Mei is officially no longer on the autism spectrum, based on her last comprehensive assessment by the same psychologist who diagnosed her 2 years ago.
Mei scored higher than normal range within the non-autistic range across the board on all the assessments and tests if that makes any sense. There are no autistic traits, characteristics, delays etc. She’s fully mainstreamed in a private international school, no support, aids or IEPs. Her school does not know of her previous diagnosis, in fact they think she’s totally typical. She even scores above average in all her academic lessons, language, communication and social skills (based on a recent independent evaluation done by her school for all the students)
Her eloquence and beautiful manners frequently takes everyone by surprise. Mei has many friends, even a few best friends. I am in awe of my own little girl, she has surpassed everyone’s expectations. Previously a girl whom everyone said won’t be able to talk, a girl whom ‘experts’ told me to place her in an institution. So yes, she’s recovered. But if you look very very closely like I do, there are some quirks, but, hey, who doesn’t have quirks right? I’ve met some neurotypical and supposedly normal kids, in comparison Mei is even more ‘normal’ and higher functioning than them. Or perhaps that’s just me being a proud mummy.
As for Min Min, we never sought a formal diagnosis for her. Firstly, because we don’t need an ‘expert’ to tell us what my husband and I already know. We were seasoned autism parents by then, we KNEW. Also 2 doctors admitted that she is on the autism spectrum. Secondly, we couldn’t afford to pay for the numerous developmental consultations and many assessments it takes to get a diagnosis. We much rather put that money to good use by actually treating her for autism KWIM? She never had a formal diagnosis, neither did she formally lose it.
However, in all areas, she is considered recovered. By me, my family, her doctors, naturopaths and homeopaths who treated her, other parents who have met her and her teachers. Min Min’s school does not know of her previous diagnosis. She is age appropriate and on par developmentally across the board. She had many friends, is very social and to me, she is even more recovered than her older sister Mei. Everyone who’s met her is instantly charmed by her presence snd personality.
Yes, both girls are recovered, but the story doesn’t end at recovery. There are some lingering medical and health issues that we are currently dealing with, a legacy of the metabolic train wreck that autism bestows on our kids. Please read my article The Thinking Moms’ Revolution and Beautiful Speaker on Generation Rescue.
Both Mei and Min Min are fabulous in every possible way. They are vastly different to the 2 girls who were deep in autism. So yes, my children are ‘now normal’. Whatever normal means…. In my eyes, my children are exceptionally wonderful.