Update on Liam...a platypus?
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|Wed, 09-03-2003 - 10:31am|
I'm totally feeling a bag of mixed emotions here.
I spoke with the PhD who has scored all but the very last part of the vineland (we did that on the phone last night). To include a total of three Asperger's/ASD tests and a bunch of other tests like the WISC. Liam isn't on the spectrum. His issues are related to his CAPD and his ADD (both severe to moderate), mixed in with his SID (mild). I don't know what this means, but she went on and on about his strongest areas being his abstract reasoning and comperhension. We go for the show and tell on Sept. 24, so I'll have more 411 at that time. After she was done, I was completely overwhelmed, so I just can't remember most of what she said. I only remember about the comprehension part because she said it so many times. Oh, ya, she also said his intelligence scores over all were undervalued, but in the high average to superior range for everything except areas that are effected by his CAPD. She said because he is "so smart" that also contributes to him looking like an Aspie.
On that subject, I have two friends who have sons who are Aspies. When I see Liam with them, he does act very similarly socially. All three of them will end up alone standing in a corner oblivious to the world around them. Actually one of those boys is much more social then Liam. And that is the one whose son also has CAPD! Like Candes said, he, just like them, is still a cake!
At least the PhD said she is trying very hard to get a social skills group going for his age group. She has a very strong group of 11 year olds right now, but he's too young for that group. She said she just needs two more 6/7 year olds, then she will start one he can join. Gosh, I just hope that works out! I got the big "not gonna happen" from his school for me to start one.
You know, y'all were talking about being consumed by autism and Asperger's on the iron overload thread, well, I'm equally consumed. It's like I just want to know everything I can so I can know enough about him and his issues to give him the right tools to be OK.
I have a cousin who isn't OK. He's my age and he can't function in society. I love him, and I pray for him all the time. But I know once his mother goes, there is a very good chance he will choose to live on the streets. He won't let anyone else have much of anything to do with him except her. His mother is my father's sister. His father died in a car he'd been living in for quite some time.
I just don't want anything like that to happen to my child. I know if there is some way I can get him to be able to function with more then a couple other people, his chances for a better life will greatly increase. Don't get me wrong, I don't need a ton of people to like me and get me to be happy. Nor do I think he needs that. But I've noticed even when it's just his sister, my dh, and myself, he can get overwhelmed. I mean, I knew I didn't see him when I read Tony Attwoods book, or all those articles, but I still see the struggle.
I don't know, like I said, mixed emotions. I just wanted to see what you ladies thought about this twist in our road of discovery!