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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 9:47am
I am finally back here after about 4 months worth of ABA for Henry (who is now 2 1/2) In December we had gotten a diagnosis of autism. Now it is PDD-NOS and he is making such terrific progress through his ABA program that the consultant thinks he might lose that diagnsis. I don't know if it will happen but it is certainly something to work for. In four months Henry has gone from not underestanding any language to excellent receptive langguage, knows his body parts, is learning shapes, pronouns, and most excitingly has gone from no language to about 25 words.

The consultant said that we could probably consider a typical preschool for him in another year (with a shadow teacher to help)

I am wondering if any of your kids have done this--and has anyone been in a position to lose the diagnosis??

Feels so good to be back here..... Abbie

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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 10:10am
What is ABA? Thanks! Sio
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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 10:29am
Applied Behavioral Analysis. It's a method of teaching children who are on the spectrum.
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Fri, 06-06-2003 - 12:23pm
Not me personally, but I have worked with some 2 y.o.'s who did go through that. They just didn't learn the typical way but made huge progress with ABA. That is a very good sign. Even had one who's diagnosis was changed. I know that is why EI is so important and it makes for a very good prognosis.

On the other hand, I would caution you from getting him undiagnosed. If you keep the diagnosis, at least for a while, it will be easier to get services if needed until you definitely are sure how he is doing. I say this because we wanted to get Cait undiagnosed at 5 y.o. She was doing so well we thought for sure she was fine. My doctor cautioned us against it. Cait was on meds at the time, but she used the example that if a child is ADHD and treated with meds, does that make him not ADHD if the meds control the symptoms? Also, as social skills become more advanced with age, some of the smaller nuances of ASD difficulties can emerge. We found this to be true with Cait.

I am not saying that a child can be wrongly diagnosed and make huge progress, so as not to be ASD after EI. ASD's are lifelong disabilities which can be very hard to diagnose early in life. This is why for a long time doctors would hold off on diagnosing children until older. However, many doctors have realized that early intervention is key and will err on the side of caution and diagnose children younger. This has made for many kids who where not actually Autism spectrum and were able to be undiagnosed later. Hopefully that is your case. Either way this huge progress is a good sign either way. Even if he still remains on the autims spectrum his prognosis imporves greatly with being able to make this kind of progres.

HTH and welcome back.

Renee

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