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|Mon, 09-15-2003 - 8:27pm|
When she was 4 the neuro-psyche diagnosed PDD-NOS but added the disclaimer that she thought Cait had a significant CAPD and should be tested when old enough. She thought that many of cait's social deficits were caused by language problems and would deminish and her language improved. We hoped she was right and since Cait was so little she could well have been, but we discovered soon enough it was not CAPD.
Then at 6 she was tested by a school psyche who managed to note a whole host of social deficits and diagnosed her "significantly socially withdrawn" but the woman did a very poor job with intrepreting the tests and kept talking ADHD, and parental problems. That woman was a pretty huge knucklehead IMHO. Upon meeting with the school they did see our side and classified her under autism.
She is now going through her triennial testing with a neuro-psyche at the school and Cait tests "just like a person with autism". She also said that Cait presents with "the social demeanor and deficits often found in people with HFA". I have only spoken to the woman verbally and will get the report on Thursday, but it is nice to have some validation and security that this psychologist seems to have a good handle on things. She did say she saw Cait in class and didn't see her as any different and wondered why this girl was being tested, until she spoke to Cait 1:1 and started some of the testing. Then the differences were apparent.
Just thought I would share. I will be interested in getting that testing report on Thursday.
Oh, thought I would also add that Miss Cait appears quite significantly gifted as well. She is testing extraordinarliy high in some areas. Little bugger hides it well though.