March 1980 Texas Adoptee Looking For Birthparents

I am a Texas adoptee who was born the week of spring 1980 at Polly Ryan Medical Center in Richmond, Texas. I believe that one or both of my birthparents were in the military, and both worked in restaurants. Birthmother was born in 1957 with two sisters 1960 and 1961. My birthparents were married in February 1979, and were married for six months. I had seizures at birth as well. I had a closed adoption with now Spaulding For Children based in Houston, Texas. My birthfather was born in 1958. Over the past few years I have had adoptee angels working to filter through public records looking for a possible connection. I have had names checked as if I knew who they were, then I could receive my original birth certificate from the state. The names that I have right now that have not been checked are as follows:

Birthmother: Darlene Kay (Bennett) Peters
Birthfather: Douglas R. Whitehead

They should still be somewhere near Richmond, Texas today!

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you


Diagnosis of Females with Autism

>> Monday, February 2, 2009

I'm not really accustomed to having or being around girls with autism. I have seen them, but never really got to know them. Parents are concerned about how they test girls and boys differently with autism. They said, "(a) their clinical presentation is “different,” (b) their “special interests” are different, and/or (c) they appear to have fairly good social interaction skill, particularly when interacting with adults in a one-to-one situation."

The Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS; Constantino, 2005) is the only one tool that is used for girls. Which examines social impairments by assessing social awareness, social information processing, reciprocal social communication, social anxiety/avoidance, and autistic preoccupations and traits.
Here is the article from the Autism Support Network News.

1 special comments:

Maddy February 2, 2009 at 3:18 PM  

I know quite a few as there are several in each of my boys' classes as well as a great many we meet at therapy. I think the general view is that they don't 'present' in the same way as boys and so tend to be under - diagnosed.
Best wishes