Finding the Right Doctor
Finding the Right Doctor
Finding the right doctor to heal your child with autism can be a tricky and difficult task. However, there are several resources such as the approved Doctor Listing right here on the Generation Rescue website. Each doctor is specially trained in autism treatments, has been recommended by parents in the community and has been vetted by Generation Rescue.
Another great place to start is right here on the GR website. Click on over to the Rescue Angels section and contact a Rescue Angel (a mom or dad in your area that is on this same journey and willing to help you get started). Email them and ask for names of doctors in your area that can help you with biomedical interventions. They will probably be able to give you names of not only DAN! Doctors (ARI doctors), but they may know of other doctors in your area that are using holistic approaches you may be interested in learning about. The Rescue Angels in my area are a plethora of information and I keep in regular contact with them. They always have new ideas and protocols to share.
Once you have your list of doctors contact them and learn as much as you can about their methods and practices. You need to feel comfortable with the doctor you choose. Every person is different, your doctor is no exception, their style may not work well with you or your child, or they may be the perfect fit. Shop around. It is perfectly fine. Your child only has one life, find the doctor that fits your situation best.
Don't shy away from the big names. We all know there are some big name doctors out there, don't be afraid to contact them, even if they are in another state. Many of them are willing to work with your local doctor to help develop a protocol for your child, while some will even Skype with you in lieu of a traditional appointment. If you feel your child could benefit from seeing a big name doctor, give them a call and see if they can work with you and your situation.
Don't discount the local doctor. Although your local DAN! May not have a big name or a book, doesn't mean they aren't knowledgeable and very willing to help your child. We have not seen a big name doctor yet, although I have toyed with the idea, and Matthew has made tremendous improvement.
When it is time to move on, move on. Sometimes you may exhaust your doctor’s ability to help your child. It happens. We are on doctor #3. Each doctor has played an important role in Matthew's recovery and I think we found each at the right time. But there has come a time when we wanted to do something else or the doctor wasn't aggressive enough; whatever the issue we moved on. I talk with every biomedical parent I meet and learn from them. I find out what their doctor is focusing on and then see if those same ideas apply to Matthew. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. We weigh the value of trying another doctor or keeping the one we have. Sometimes, shh don't tell anyone, but sometimes we even see more than one and have them work together.
This is your child's life and it is up to you to take charge of the situation. Find all the resources you can, and make the best-informed decisions for your child's health.
About the Author
Maryann DellaRocco is the mother behind the blog Matthew’s Puzzle, which chronicles her journey into the world of autism and biomedical interventions. She is married and has three boys, her oldest is on the spectrum. Follow her on Twitter: @matthewspuzzle.