LARGE FORMAT – Screening for autism in Isère

The CADIPA, the Alpine center for the early diagnosis of autism, inside the Alpes Isere hospital in Saint Egrève, welcomes children, from children to 18 years, for screening of ASD, autism spectrum disorders. A center of experts where a multidisciplinary team works.

The first signs of autism are noticed before the age of 3. These symptoms are due to brain dysfunction. Autistic people, called neuro-atypical, therefore perceive the world differently than a so-called neuro-typical person. Today we are talking about ASD, an autism spectrum disorder, which can range from mild autism to severe autism. Thus, for example, we no longer speak of autistic Asperger’s. Autism can be hereditary, or due to pb at birth, such as extreme prematurity, or hypoxia, lack of oxygen in the brain, or even due to the father’s advanced age. There is no medicine to cure this ailment.

Autism affects hundreds of thousands of families in France, often defenseless in the face of the lack of solutions for the care of their children. The Grande Cause Nationale label was awarded to autism in 2012.

Doctor Florence Pupier is a psychiatrist in Cadipa © Radio France
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Cadipa, expert screening center for autistic disorders

We went to CAPIDA, in Saint Egrève, the Alpine center for the early diagnosis of autism. It is an expert center, with a multidisciplinary team. Its vocation is to detect complex cases reported by a family doctor, for example. Dr. Florence Pupier, psychiatrist Cadipa: “The family compiles a file which we study and then meet, before we receive the baby. Parents of young children are often shocked by the news of the diagnosis, while those with older children are almost relieved to finally put a word on what they have. perceived in their child since. several years. “

I know I’m lucky to have been able to quickly build a support network around us: Célia, Samuel’s mother

Célia, who lives in Saint Egrève, is the mother of Samuel, aged two and a half. She realized there was a problem with her son, seeing other children of the same age evolve. “He did not answer his name, did not point with his little finger to ask for something, and often shouted. We went to a pediatrician who told me we had to get him out of there. I remember this sentence and there, after the shock of this announcement, I went to great lengths to find a psychomotor, a speech therapist specializing in developmental disorders. “

Célia says these two professionals helped her and her partner not to feel alone in the face of the problems their child was facing. Then, they found a super nanny : ” Accept different children and work with Samuel! Since he’s been at her house, he says words, now he screams less. She says that mom, dad are asleep. You carry out small activities, such as modeling clay. She responds well to the cure! “

Célia and Samuel, playing in the park near their home
Célia and Samuel, playing in the park near their home © Radio France
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A late screening for Robin

Another story, in a family in Le Touvet. Pauline is the mother of Robin, 8 and a half years old, who has just been tested. But why wait so long? Paolino explains:When Robin was born, he cried a lot. It was very difficult. And then, when his brother was born, a year later, he became hell. We thought Robin was jealous of his little brother and the psychologist told us it all came from there. We also saw health professionals, not trained in autism, who made us feel guilty, making us understand that we did not know how to raise our children “. But Robin had behaviors that equally questioned Pauline: “Could have terrible fits for misplaced slippers. ”

parental burnout

Pauline cries often, has suicidal thoughts. “I didn’t know, but I had a breakdown on the part of the parents. At the time I would have needed help, but with my husband we were alone. And then, when Robin came back to CP, things got a little better.. “

On the advice of a friend, Pauline gives Robin a test, who turns out to be gifted. But that didn’t explain everything, until the day we told them about Cadipa. Robin therefore has an autistic disorder with a very high intellectual potential, which allows him, for example, to adapt to school. “He loves the school environment. Right now he’s reading all about Harry Potter and making friends because he’s solving their rubikscub.” Paolino smiled.

So, will the diagnosis change the life of Pauline and her family? “As for the family, we will be able to tell them why Robin is like this, because I understand that it is not always easy to accept a child like him. I hope we will be more indulgent with him. “

Pauline, Robin's mother, has just given birth to her third child
Pauline, Robin’s mother, has just given birth to her third child © Radio France
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Accept the child as he is

Samuel will soon be screened at Cadipa but Célia has no doubts about what we will tell him. “In this adventure we do not want to anticipate anything. We tell ourselves that he is already reacting well to the treatments we have put in place. We hope he continues to improve. In any case we have accepted things. He is our son, we love him as he is!”

After the screening, the Cadipa offers free autism training workshops for parents, informs them what can be done to help them. His role ends here. But, then, the lack of places still remains the number 1 problem for families.

In 2020 Cadipa carried out 155 TSA assessments. Can be attached to 04 76 56 44 04

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