New here - working on getting a dx...
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|Sat, 08-02-2003 - 3:49pm|
He's an interesting kid to say the least. Since he was 2 1/2 he has been the dino-boy. He knows more about dinosaurs than probably 99.9% of the adult population. I tell people my son is into dinosaurs and people will say, "Oh yeah, so is mine." Well, they just don't get how INTO dinosaurs this child is. He can read the names of over 100 dinosaurs, tell you in what period they lived in, where they lived, what they ate, how they ate. At age 5, he could recite all the geologic time periods since the beginning of time in order.
In addition to this, he doesn't make eye contact even with us much. He can't look at someone more than 10 seconds. His social approaches are often (not always) inappropriate, particularly with girls. He'll go and grab and girl around the waist and hug her until she tries to get away. On the last day of school, he ran around kissing every girl in the class. He knows the right line to ask someone to play, and sometimes uses it - if he thinks about it. He often plays alone at recess even though he is well liked by the kids in the class, they don't go to him unless they want to play dinosaurs, monsters or some other kind of creatures. When he's playing alone, he'll sometimes go someplace else if a group of kids comes to play in his area.
Anyway, each of these traits can and have been for a couple years been explained away by other things. The thing that gets me is that he has all of them. If it were one thing, I could understand the explanation that a lot of kids get into dinosaurs or a lot of introverts like playing alone. But he just seems to fit this group of traits that is called Asperger's.
Here is the thing - in our area, the official dx process is long and expensive. ...and this is for them to tell me something I pretty much already know. At this point, from my own research, I'd be surprised if they told me he didn't have AS. In fact, I'd probably get another opinion. He has to do all this psych testing, SLP testing and after that - IF they both agree that AS is likely, he gets to go to the neuropsych (who is now taking appts in December). I know that I need to know for my peace of mind and to ease his mind (he's just starting to realize he's different at age 7, but at this point, he doesn't care.) I think it will help his teachers and school as he gets older too.
Oh and I have a friend who has a masters in early childhood special education and has pretty much seen him in a lot of different situations that is absolutely sure he has AS and she said she's known since he was in preschool.
So, can someone commisserate with me about this - I feel bad putting him through all these testing and stuff, so tell me why I need the official dx. I feel I need it, but is my feeling worth it?