“A degree of autism” and Dr X

I’ve talked about LB’s broader diagnostic journey before. Today I’ve been thinking about the way he has been put on (and off) the autism spectrum. I had a shufty through his medical records (a source of bafflement, frustration and ‘what the fuck?’ moments) and traced autism through the various reports.  So, starting when LB was a toddler;

He became quieter and happier when he spotted the wheels on my mobile chair, and spent 10 minutes pushing the chair backwards and forwards with his eyes fixed on the wheels. (Speech and Language therapist, August, 1996)

Classic, stereotypical autistic behaviour flagged up, but the word autism doesn’t appear till the following year in a letter from the GP to the paediatrician;

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