semantic pragmatic disorder?
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|Wed, 06-04-2003 - 12:01pm|
Well, since Cait was first going through diagnosis I had read about SPD and always thought it fit Cait to a T. However, it is not used much here in the states as a diagnostic classification and the few times I have heard of it, it is as a specific language impairment. I am beginning to think that it is these problems that are causing Cait's difficulties in school. Here is the problem, I know she is extraordinarliy bright. I know she is not getting the material as she should. However, her fabulous visual skills are holding up the verbal skills and as such she is able to maintain classwork mostly in the average range.
An example, last night in homework, there was a question "How many more children are wearing shoes than boots?" with a graph. She could not get the meaning of that question for her life. Then the asperger's part was ticked that there were 2 different kinds of shoes, boots and sandals. She just couldn't get her brain around adding the 2 kinds of shoes together. One was sneakers and the other loafers. Either they are all shoes (boots and sandals included) or none of them are. Then the language part of just not understanding the "more than" question made for a great experience (sarcasm here).
Cait had speech/language evals done 2 years ago. We had a private speech friend come observe her. This SLP noted that all Cait's tests were "10 ways to say she has a good vocabulary". I am thinking of pushing the language issue again. Thinking of bringing up the SPD thing as a way of getting help in this area. I need somehow to make them realize she is missing information. She does average work, participates and such, so they just think there is no problem to address.
So what do any of you think of SPD? I think Cait still has the "triad" of autistic difficulties, it just isn't as obvious as it is with some kids. When I read articles on Gifted asperger's kids it is Mike to a T, but not Cait. I think this fits her better, but I am not sure bringing it up will help our situation. It may give them an excuse to say she is not "autistic" and therefor doesn't qualify for an IEP under this. UGH. (her teacher has given us a hard time all year over the classification. Even though Cait has a significant problem with social language and social skills.)
Guess I am just rambling trying to get my thoughts in order for Tuesday.