Just 'cause it rained after you put the washing out, doesn't mean you made it rain
But because any discussion of the above topic will usually bring on a hail of Trolls whose only mission in life seems to be to believe just about anything that cannot be proved. The Earth is flat, and it was made by a Guy riding a Cloud in 7 days, and You Know What causes Autism - they believe it.
I can see where the myth starts, and for that I forgive the parents who were bamboozled into believing it.
People talk about Autism "kicking in" suddenly at the age of 18 months or so. They also talk about "Degenerative Autism" which is not a real thing. What they are experiencing is actually increasing visible coping behaviours that come as a result of lack of intervention.
I mean, if you don't do anything about an ingrown toenail - you can probably expect it to get worse. But get it diagnosed, get it treated and you will find that your toe starts to improve. And it will not have to be chopped off.
By the same token, get a diagnosis, get a referral for the appropriate evidence based interventions to support sensory issues, communication and life skills - and you will find that "The Autism" stops 'degenerating" - and you can see your child as an interesting little person who is worth getting to know and understand.
Because if you see your child as a person to be respected and understood, you are less likely to spend their valuable resources of tolerance on quackery and uncomfortable "cures."
A few years ago I was trapped in a Parents Meeting and forced to listen to a woman telling us that that the reason her son giggled on the way to school in the morning was because of "all the yeast"
When I could see by the state of her that it was probably more to do with her shoes. And hair. I mean, if this was the way she dressed to present at a Parents Meeting, imagine how she looked on the School Run?
I would be pissing myself laughing every morning too.
Of course, when this woman had put her son through Homeopathic Yeast Extraction Therapy or whatever hogwash she was promoting (I chewed through my own leg to get out of the meeting so I missed the rest of it) she would have Credited the snake oil for her son's "cure" - and completely ignored the months of incremental improvements achieved by his dedicated and patient teachers and tutors in that school that he giggled his way into each morning.
It is easy to try and believe that whatever you have invested the most into; is what has worked - but the truth is often somewhere in between.
And you should also be ready to accept that a lot of it is down to YOU spending a lot more time learning about your child and getting to know and understand them.
And nothing to do with the Dolphins, Diets, Mongolian Horsemen or Plinky Plonk therapy that cost you €5,000.
Now I have to go put out the washing - Or not, it looks like rain! xx