Saturday, 13 March 2010
Jaylen gets evaluated by a developmental pediatrician every year. The doctor who did it last year was extremely thorough. She spent over 2 hours talking with him, playing with him, testing him, and looking him over.
One thing in particular stood out to me after I got the paperwork, something she didn't say in person. It said that he had:
Clinodactyly of the fifth digit.
Well of course I had to go check that out! And if you Google it there are some fascinating results. Go ahead, do it. I'll wait...
Interesting right? There is a ton of info out there on this, why hadn't I ever heard of it? Here is a Wikipedia article about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinodactyly. Some scientists believe that the correlation between curvature of the fifth pinky and Autism is so strong that it can be a predictor of the spectrum disorder. Here is one site with some more about this: http://www.handresearch.com/news/never-underestimate-little-finger-pinky-pinkie.htm. I also found several studies relating Clinodactyly to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Down Syndrome also.
I remember that Jaylen was napping while I was doing this "research" and I couldn't wait for him to wake up. And sure enough, when he did I took a look and there is a slight bend in his pinkies. I have been checking the baby's pinkies too, but I think it may be too early to tell. There is a lot chub to look passed. But his left definitely looks curved. So we'll see if the theory holds true for him too.
Now, go ahead, get your kids and check those pinkies! I want to hear from my fellow Autie moms and moms of kids not on the spectrum, what are your findings? Let's do our own research and see what we think about the correlation. Does a curved pinky (clinodactyly) equal Autism? ********Please note, this is all in good fun (if you can call it that). I am not trying to diagnose or undiagnose any one's child or do a true scientific experiment. Just putting that out there since you all know my experiences from scary angry mommy social sites!*********
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