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    Signed - OMG how can those be signs of mental illness??? Can't a 3 year old be a 3 year old anymore??? Crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by LibranTwin View Post
    I got the impression that a check similar to this happens at 4 years anyway and that it's just being brought earlier?

    I also read its not about being scared of the dark etc. or medicating children. Depends how the media spins it. I thought it was about getting in early and identifying kids who may have autism etc. so they can get early intervention and the best start to life possible. I'm not against this and I have a 3-4 year old girl.

    Am I wrong?
    I don't think your wrong, I'm for it to a point I think sleeping with the light on is NOT a sign of mental illness, but I'm sure parents of mentally challenged children would love to have the diagnosis earlier that previously possible

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    My nephew was showing signs of autism from a very young age, he was a baby and not making eye contact or interacting with people very much at all. However, he wasn't diagnosed with autism for many years after that. I wish my sister had support with him earlier.

    I think mental health checks in kids are important.

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    If it's voluntary, what is there to petition against? Just don't have your child tested, fairly simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peoniesarepretty View Post
    If it's voluntary, what is there to petition against? Just don't have your child tested, fairly simple.
    I heard (haven't confirmed) that it would also be linked to the FTB payments.

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    I think in theory it's not a bad thing after reading some things the other day, but I do worry that there will be an awful lot of kids referred to the specialists for nothing because of this mental health checklist. I mean my DS is 3 in a few months. He has a night light, can be shy around people and throws tantrums. All normal things for a 3yo!!

    DS has been slow to talk. So we got referred to a Speechie. Who referred us to a Paed as she thought he could possibly have autism. She based it on his slow speech and that he lines his toys up every now and then. So we drove for 2 hours and paid $200 to be told he is fine. It's good that the Speechie wanted to rule it out, and I don't regret going, but it was a waste of time and money for us, based on a checklist. I see this going the same way personally.

    But I do agree that if it helps with early intervention for families that need it, I think it could be good. But for the main part, I think it will be a waste of time and money for a lot of parents.

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    Unwillingness to sleep in own bed? Sleeping with light on? Tantrums?

    Seriously??

    I don't like the way things are going where anyone not smack bang on what "society" deems normal is considered in need of fixing.

    I strongly support early intervention for children with autism and other disorders and research has shown that this is very beneficial. But I equally strongly disagree with classifying a child as having problems based only on ordinary childhood behaviour like being scared of the dark and not wanting to sleep alone.

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    Im not against it, some parents, especially first timers, are clueless when it comes to development and whats 'normal' and whats not. Some parents are also in denial about those things. The child and family suffers greatly.

    I can guarantee there would be more on the screen then 'are they afraid of the dark?' I know this because ive been through the dx process twice. It is not taken lightly 50 thousand forms, questions, observations, specialists etc. There are huge differences between a tantrum and a meltdown (asd) and if asked that question its not hard to a parent to say "i believe the tantrum is age appropriate and the child can be brought out of it" (unlike a meltdown) if this screen can get the ball rolling it will help thousands of children.

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    Its no different to the depression and anxiety questionaire, u answer the questions, the gp makes a reccomendation, you can say yes i want the meds and help, or no i dont.

    No one is holding a gun to anyones head.

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