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 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Three separate diagnoses. WTF?

Posted: 14 May 2011, 10:18 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 2,788


Thanks for the responses, everyone! Aardvark, his referring pediatrician did an EEG to rule out a seizure disorder before referring him to the assessment network. Which was a boatload of fun, because preschoolers love being covered in electrodes. :roll: After an hour and a half of screaming and two ...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Three separate diagnoses. WTF?

Posted: 10 May 2011, 12:57 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 2,788


I've been visiting WP for awhile, although I don't post very regularly. My 4-year-old son has displayed a fair amount of autistic traits since he was just about a year old. He has improved a lot since age 3 when he started speaking in sentences, but still has issues with transitions, change, and soc...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Treatments for my son and the Montessori school

Posted: 26 Oct 2010, 12:04 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 2,004


Hi Jenny. My son is nearly 4, also with a PDD-NOS diagnosis, and has been in a half-day Montessori preschool since March. I have noticed a lot of great developmental strides. He is not only talking a LOT more, but also is thisclose to being able to read. Before he began school, he wouldn't even let ...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: I won't be visiting the parenting forum, anymore.

Posted: 15 Jun 2010, 8:06 pm 

Replies: 30
Views: 4,362


Oh YAY! So happy you decided to stay, CR. I always appreciate reading your perspective on things; it really helps tremendously to understand what may be going on in my son's mind!

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: When did your child start talking?

Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 11:17 pm 

Replies: 38
Views: 17,902


My son didn't start speaking clearly OR in sentences until shortly after his third birthday. Before that, he had very few words -- unless he was doing the echolalia thing (which was often). Now, his speech is more like that of perhaps a 2.5-year-old. He can convey his needs, narrate what's going on,...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: The Vaccination-Autism Connection

Posted: 01 Jun 2010, 12:03 am 

Replies: 22
Views: 2,443


My kiddo began showing autism signs before his MMR as well. We were late getting all of his shots because, somewhat ironically, he was sick so often from being exposed to all the local kids whose parents refused to give their older children the flu shots. He finally got his 12 month shots around 16 ...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: What does your AS kid sleep with?

Posted: 21 May 2010, 12:58 pm 

Replies: 42
Views: 4,153


My son sleeps with his special Thomas train blanket, an assortment of die-cast construction equipment (diggers, dump trucks, etc.), two die-cast school buses, a Happy Meal race car, about six Hot Wheels, five magnetic trains, two Easter pencils, a Christmas cr****r, and two sand toys (a dump truck a...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Guess a certain "charity" will be changing its ads

Posted: 19 May 2010, 2:44 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 1,004


Turns out that their claims of the 80 percent divorce rate among parents of kids on the spectrum are totally bogus. I'm shocked! :wink:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/05/19/au ... tml?hpt=C2

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism ADHD and ethnic diversity?

Posted: 16 May 2010, 8:15 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 1,825


Callista's right -- genetic diversity reduces rather than increases the odds of an anomalous phenotype. I have one kid with ADHD and another with autism, and they come from a very homogeneous northern European background on both sides.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: "I hate you!"

Posted: 15 May 2010, 1:33 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 2,449


My NT daughter (age 5, also has ADHD so I suppose she's not quite NT) often tells me this in the heat of a tantrum. I have found the best response is to say, VERY calmly, "I know you are angry with me right now, but I will always love you and I hope you change your mind about hating me. However, you...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Chelation/Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Posted: 15 May 2010, 1:27 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 3,286


There is very scant evidence (most of it suspect) that chelation helps, and plenty that it is risky. Personally, I would not choose that path.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Differences in Diagnosis - what is the difference exactly?

Posted: 15 May 2010, 1:25 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 2,057


I have actually wondered the same thing. If a child falls somewhere in between Asperger Syndrome and classic autism, would that fall under the PDD-NOS umbrella as well? My DS has some traits that make him seem NT (fabulous eye contact -- maybe TOO much eye contact, and he smiles a lot) but others th...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: dancing as a therapy.

Posted: 13 May 2010, 6:49 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 2,009


It sounds like you have a good idea of where to send him to school. I would say that's probably the best place too. Just do research though, because sometimes a school attached to a company doesn't necessarily focus enough on the students. It's safe to say that it's your best bet, but if there is a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: dancing as a therapy.

Posted: 12 May 2010, 11:20 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 2,009


Oh and that's really great about your son! The sooner the better, don't make him get a late start on it like I did. Age 9 is ideal for starting ballet. But boys can be a little older. Is he on the spectrum? He will benefit greatly from ballet if he is. Make sure you get a good school though. It won...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: How to handle an ill-mannered NT 4.5 year old

Posted: 12 May 2010, 7:26 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 1,807


It really sounds like you handled it just fine. Just because a child is NT doesn't mean they don't also struggle with some social issues. It sounds like the mom is good at getting on her son about his behavior when she's alerted to it. Since he's young, it is just a matter of keeping at it. I know i...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: dancing as a therapy.

Posted: 12 May 2010, 3:04 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 2,009


It's nice to see another thread by you, dustintorch! How is the SF Ballet going? :) My little guy, who is interested in ballet, will be starting classes next fall. I think my husband would rather he did martial arts, but he is very insistent about it being ballet! He does a performance for me every ...
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