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Ways to protect your child from a misdiagnosis

Story by Lucille Kemp
Image Courtesy of Child Magazine

At three years old, Peter was dealing with multiple developmental and behavioural challenges and had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with associated ADHD when he was referred to an intervention centre in Cape Town. He struggled to sit down and concentrate for more than a second, tended to be impulsive and lashed out at others as he could not communicate his frustrations.

Following observations, the therapeutic team at the centre recommended he stay in the younger group at his preschool and attend occupational therapy (OT) to address his emotional, sensory, social and verbal difficulties.

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