My son was diagnosed PDD recently (m)

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Registered: 08-07-2003
My son was diagnosed PDD recently (m)
Thu, 09-25-2003 - 10:35pm
Hi! My name is Kate and my son Patrick is 26 months old. He was diagnosed with PDD three weeks ago and we're increasing his therapy through early intervention from 2 hours of OT weekly to 2 hours of OT, 2 hours of speech, and eventually 10 hours or more of behavioral. I've been doing a lot of research and it seems like ABA therapy is the way to go for success with autistic children and many programs suggest 40 hours a week at a minimum. I feel like we're not going to be doing enough. My son is pretty mild on the spectrum, but I'm curious to hear what what the "norm" is. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Kate
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Registered: 07-11-2003
Fri, 09-26-2003 - 5:33am

Hi Kate, welcome back!

Well, 40 hours is the recommended time for ABA but it usually starts out slowly, just 10-15 hours at first. As time gose on the amount of time will be increased, however not every kid ends up with 40 hours in the long run. Some level off at 25-30, it depends on the kid and what's available in the region.

You sound like you're really on top of making sure your son gets the help he needs. Cudos. I know how you feel about not being sure if you're doing enough though. I felt the same way when my 9yo dd was dx'd. Truth is, the most significant way you can help him is to educate your self on autism/PDD. Being that you are the only real expert on your ds you are in the unique possition of being available to help him with whatever he needs, 24/7. I would say 365 too, but hopefully you'll get a day or two off every year. That's they key to going through this with gusto, making sure to get respite.

Well, the topic of 'what we can do to help' is a constant issue here.