Autistic-like. When it’s not autism. What is it?

‘When their son was just 17 months old, Erik and Jennie Linthorst suspected something was not quite right. Experts and therapists told them their son was autistic. Sort of. Maybe. Some called him autistic-like. Others said he was not autistic at all. With his parents still seeking a clear diagnosis, Graham was launched into a programme of behavioural therapy. Speech therapy. Occupational therapy. Soon after the therapy began, Erik and Jennie noticed something else: the treatment he was getting didn’t seem to be on target. Erik took on the conundrum confronting many parents of kids who are ‘mildly disordered’. Handed a fuzzy diagnosis, what should the treatment be?

Autistic-like is an intimate family portrait showing one dad’s determined quest to find the right therapies, the right doctors, and even the right words to describe his son. As he searched, Eric began wondering how other families in the same situation fare. What did it really mean, ‘autistic-like’? And how should or could these parents help their kids? The CD says one in every 100 children born in the US has autism. Maybe not.’ See:

Read Graham’s Sstory in the book: Autistic Like: Graham’s Story

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