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|Mon, 09-15-2003 - 2:00am|
This is a child who has a tested IQ of around 134, yet his writing is so poor it is barely legable. He will read books cover to cover, albeit only Star trek and Harry potter, in a weekend and then start reading them all over again, and yet nearly failed reading because he can't remember to fill out a sheet of paper naming the books he has read and handing them to the teacher. He knows every spell that Harry Potter can cast and what it does and what the reverse is. He can, and will, name for you every vessel that every species of alien in star trek has in it's fleet, tell you what class of ship it is, what it's armament is and even what show or movie it first appeared in until you eyes glaze over, yet ask him if he has any homework to to do at the moment you pick him up at school and he can't remember. He also lacks empathy as described in children with aspergers. He does not seem to learn that walking into the living room and stating in a demanding tone "feed me" is not the appropriate way to ask for something. He got in trouble last year, Before we knew about asperger's, for walking around in class and talking. This was when all the other students were sitting at their desk quietly and working on a project. When we asked him, when he saw the other children sitting there working didn't he think that perhaps they were doing something that he should be doing too. He said no. He thought that they were sitting quietly just because they felt like it. There are many other examples of him not being able to read the social ques that many of us take for granted. We are so sure of the Aspergers connection that we have gave his teacher for this year information on the subject before we have an "official" diagnoses.
Question is now, what do we need to do to get that diagnoses. I have read that this is neurological and will show up on a MRI. But I have also read that it is not somthing that will show on a test. We did bring him to a neorologist and was then told that this is not her area of expertise and would not offer a diagnoses on this conditon because of that. Now we have to look for someone else who does.
We are in the Virginia area and it seems there are not many here who do this. Maryland yes, Virginia no. Plus Kaiser Ins. is not very helpful in the area of mental conditions. At least in this area or the world. My girlfriend is going to switch health insurance companies on her next open season, but that is not till the spring of next year. School has not been a problem, they are helpful. Because of the ADHD, he is on a 504 plan and they supply him with an alpha smart to do his work on since his hand writing is so bad.
Sorry for the lengthy post. Any info, feed back or general experience knowledge is ppreciated.