New diagnosis

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New diagnosis
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Mon, 10-24-2011 - 3:32pm
My oldest was diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago with ADHD and ODD. I was never very comfortable with that diagnosis, but after 6 or so months, we got a good support system in place for him. Fast forward to now. We recently decided to get a second opinion, or a new evaluation. He was just diagnosed (at 9 1/2) with ADHD, Aspergers disorder, and generalized anxiety. Instead of upset, I am relieved. This diagnosis fits and explains so much. There is a few new things we need to get in place, but for right now what we are doing works.

I do have one question... My 9 year old is extremely bright, the doctor was great and explained everything to him, but I'd really like to get him a book that talks about aspergers and/or anxiety. To give him a better understanding... He does so much better when he is able to read information and process it on his own, and then ask any questions he might have. Any suggestions on a book that might help him? Hes known about the ADHD for awhile now, but today is the first time aspergers or anxiety have been mentioned to him (though it's what we've thought for awhile now).
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Sat, 10-29-2011 - 6:37pm
Lorna wing's 'How to Be Yourself In a World That is Different' was very useful for my Aspie - it is aimed at adolescents but it very good for pre-teens too. It's written by a psychologist. A good book written by a boy with Aspergers is 'Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Sysndrome' by Luke Jackson. Euan also likes 'A Field gudie to Earthlings: an austistic/Aspergers guide to neurotypicals' by Ian Ford

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Wed, 10-26-2011 - 6:33pm
Haha, nothing as cute as the last couple of years!! my youngest is going to be a pirate princess, my middle son is going to be Harry Potter, and my oldest Darth Maul from Star Wars. Thanks for asking :)

I will look into that book!
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Wed, 10-26-2011 - 4:54pm
The book "When My Worries Get Too Big" was recommended to me for my anxiety child, it's a good one. I'm glad that you got a diagnosis that makes more sense, keep us posted on how he's doing.

BTW, just have to ask, what are they going as for Halloween this year? I've always like that picture :)

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Mon, 10-24-2011 - 9:57pm

Good question.