Well that was so NOT helpful!
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|Fri, 08-22-2003 - 6:30pm|
Her reply, "Yes I had heard of the asperger's thing, but he seems more like ADHD to me." She then proceeds with this litany of how asperger's and ADHD are on the same spectrum and yada yada yada. Not all kids with asperger's diagnosis actually are. Who is his doctor? Her's is this other doctor I know that specializes in ADHD. (My friends kids go to that doc and I have my questions about her as well) How she talks to him the same way she does her ADHD dd, etc and knows exactly how to work with him. (Gosh I wish it were that easy to totally peg a kid in 5 days and know everything she needs to know without ever reading his 504) That she is very knowledgable about autism and has a nephew with autism. She just doesn't see it, he looks more ADHD to her.
This is the woman who's dd passed away this year my friends dd went to school with. This girl from afar did have a number of asperger's tendancies. I know I posted about it here and all the horrible comments otehr students made about the girl. She did mention she has a dd with ADHD and that she just needs to work with Mike the same way. I do feel for the woman and will give her extra patience due to the situation. But I do wonder if I am dealing with one of those folks who are in denial about the spectrum of autism and unwilling to accept that diagnosis except in the most obvious cases.
I appreciate her knowledge and background as a parent, but she seemed very anti- ASD diagnosis to me. She was also very patronizing, talking to me like I don't know anything. She hadn't even looked at his 504 or bothered to ask me anything about him or my concerns.
At anyrate, she seems to have her oppinions already and knows all. I and Mike's Dr's are wrong. Never mind that we spent 2 1/2 years with the wrong diagnosis.
Anyway, just needed to get a frustrating conversation off my chest. I will still volunteer in the class and put my best foot forward hoping it was only a bad first impression.
ACK! I had high hopes for this year!