Psychiatrist’s appointment 

Psychiatrist’s appointment yesterday.P: J – do you know what kind of doctor I am?

J: Yes. You will talk to me about my ASEIP (i.e. ASD) and my medication.

P: Sorry? What do you mean?

Me: He means ASD!

P: I see! Yes J – I help children with worries, thoughts and I help kids with their overall mental health. 

J: We are going to talk about medication <<I had told him this prior to aptmt>>

P: Yes. I’m a medical doctor and I also help kids with their mental health.

J: Yes – you are a medical doctor and you help kids with mental health.

P: Sorry? What did you say?

Me: He just repeated what you said – he likes to do that!

P: J – do you know the medical term is for liking to repeat what people say? <<echolalia>>

J: Yes! it’s called … being a parrot!!

<<cue laughter>>

P: Well yes! But it’s also called echolalia because it’s like an echo when you repeat what is said.

J: Yes! But we just call it being a parrot!

<<lesson learnt about rigid thinking’>>

P: So J, do you know what medicines you are taking at the moment?

J: Yes! I take two green and white ones, and one white one that looks like a bullet.

P: Well now that you’re 10, I think you should learn the correct names for these medications. The green and white tablets are called Lovan.

J: Yes – but we just call them green and white tablets.

P: Ok. And the white one is called Concerta.

J: Yes – but we just call that one a bullet.

<<lesson learnt by P in rigidity + also … in wasting her time!!!>>

😂😂😂
PS

This psychiatrist is the best one we have ever had. Finally we’ve struck gold. She has a great sense of humour, she’s relatable, she listens and isn’t rigid, and she’s great with the boys and me! What a blessing! She and I had a good chortle about the exchange. J announced – ” Well thanks so much. I think that’s all fixed now. Looks like we are finished!” When I suggested that it was not finished and that he needed to wait, he hopped up on the bed, put a pillow over his head and turned his back to us! 😜 Nothing vague about the message sent there!! Dear little man. Great medical support makes all the difference in the world … to the whole family, not just the patient!! 

2 thoughts on “Psychiatrist’s appointment 

  1. Priceless, Libby; not only does P clearly not really understand children with ASD but he/she does not understand 10 year old children as well…… Children are NOT little adults which is exactly my argument with the powers that be who make the decisions on our education system They are totally clueless.

    Keep being the voice for your precious children and others who need a champion.

    God bless,

    XO Muriel

    • This psychiatrist is the best one we have ever had. Finally we’ve struck gold. She has a great sense of humour, she’s relatable, she listens and isn’t rigid, and she’s great with the boys and me! What a blessing! She and I had a good chortle about the exchange. J announced – ” Well thanks so much. I think that’s all fixed now. Looks like we are finished!” When I suggested that it was not finished and that he needed to wait, he hopped up on the bed, put a pillow over his head and turned his back to us! 😜 Nothing vague about the message sent there!! Dear little man.

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