does pdd-nos always become autism? help!
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|Tue, 07-08-2003 - 11:48pm|
I'm new to this board-- my DS (age 2.5) was just diagnosed with PDD-NOS two weeks ago. Someone mentioned to me that her DS was originally dx with PDD-NOS, but then it changed to autism (in the regular sense, I guess) when he was 3. She said everyone is dx with PDD-NOS at first because tests for autism before age 3 aren't really accurate yet. Is this true?
From what I understand so far, PDD-NOS is high functioning, atypical autism. I fully expect that my DS will be able to care for himself and live a great life. And yet, after hearing that diagnoses can shift and reading some articles, I am worried-- almost panicked-- that things will get much worse for him. I am worried that he'll have to start some medication or that he'll somehow morph out of his sweet temperament and into an out-of-control kid.
Being new to all this stuff, I am still at the stage where I am trying to take things one day at a time. I am so sad some days when normal things like getting dressed take so long because my DS has some little hang-up, or when we go out to a playgroup and he just stands in the corner. But still I'm optimistic that it won't always be this way for him. I know he will be okay, my gut tells me so. It doesn't matter what anyone calls it, I would take 10 more kids exactly like my little guy-- diagnosis and all.
Could someone please offer me some hope that things can get better for kids with PDD-NOS? I have decided that God must have a special purpose in mind for my son, and I have agreed that I would trust in my faith to get me through this difficult period. But I really need some encouragement right at the moment-- a winning success story, something to aspire to and pray for.
Thanks for listening...