What do you think?

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What do you think?
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Fri, 05-30-2003 - 2:08pm
Hi, I've posted here before, and I've gone to three psychologists and to TEACCH, and I always get the same response: Not autistic. However, it keeps coming up at my son's school. My son is a 6 y/o K. (Staying in K next year).

He does one thing that causes me concern: When he us over stimulated, he gets totally distracted and instead of focusing on an outside thing, it is internal. He can sit there and stare at nothing, and if you say something to him, it is as if he doesn't hear you, yet as you give up and start to walk away, he will acknowledge you, or answer your question. He does this a lot. Right now he is diagnosed as ADHD.

Any thoughts? Thanks!!!!

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In reply to: sio64
Fri, 05-30-2003 - 9:51pm
Well, I wouldn't say that one particular behavior would definitely make for asperger's, but what is going on at school that they are bringing it up? Do the psychologists and TEACCH have that information from the school. Kids on the milder end of the spectrum can look not autistic in a 1 time meeting. (Of course, my Mike is the opposite. I must have been asked a hundred times by different doctors, but we always pointed out his good social skills that they didn't get to see. I was in denial)

Have you had evaluations by professionals who have experience in the whole spectrum, or are they just looking for classic autism. have they definitely said no asperger's or PDD-NOS as well.

Do you think he is on the autism spectrum or do you think he is not? ADHD can frequently be misdiagnosed instead of asperger's as was with my son, however, that does not mean every kid with ADHD and social skills difficulties is AS. In some circles it has become the diagnosis of the month, and most kids with ADHD and Learning disabilities will have social difficulties as well. However, those social difficulties and those in Autism spectrum disorders are qualitatively different.

Renee

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In reply to: sio64
Sat, 05-31-2003 - 3:18pm
Those traits can be accounted as several different things. But like Renee said, one or two rtaits does not a dx make. I can certainly understand your concern though. Would you mind telling us what his other traits are? Don't worry, no one hear is inclined to shove autism or ADHD. But it would help to know what the traits were that got his ADHD dx and any other observations you've made.

This stuff can be really frustrating sometimes.

Candes

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In reply to: sio64
Sat, 05-31-2003 - 6:57pm
Thanks for getting back to me. I'm on my way to visit my in-laws. Let me see if I can get my thoughts togeather...lots of driving today! He is very distractable. That is what got him the ADHD diagnosis. At first w/o the h, but here at the end of school, he has the h. Distractable to the point of not being able to concentrate to learn. He will be staying in K next year, though, I think if school would have lasted a bit longer, he could have caught up. Maturity is his biggest issue.

His spectrum type behaviors are as follows: Problems with eye contact, but only if you are someone new. When he is upset, he will spin a bit. Not a lot. (He has low tone and SID). Also, if he is excited (happy) he sort of shakes. Including his hands. Just for a minute. Mainly he is just very quiet and stand-offish in new situations.If he has a sitimulint, he doesn't do any of this. Only unmedicated. Yes, all the professionals have both ADHD and Autism experience. However, the principal used to have a school in NY with Aspergers classes. She brought it up.

He has no problem initiating interactions with his peers and he has no problem with language. He loves and gets jokes. Also, he is very impathetic with peoples emotions. Thats all I can think of, Thanks! Sio

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Sun, 06-01-2003 - 9:54am
Right now we are at my SIL's. My son is getting into all her stuff, and he is very excited bc she is a scientist and is going to take us all to her lab. (he loves Dexter). He was just getting more and more our of control. (He put pastachio shells into her portable DVD player behind the gell screen so they could be a part of the movie in pretend), so I took him outside to discretely give him his stimulint and we decided to take a walk. DH said he wanted to come too, Well, DS decided to pretend the road was a river and we were all to swim in it. Of course, I got all caught up in this pretend play, I almost got us both hit by a car, so DH just gets right into me. My SIL is w/o children, and my inlaws only have contact w/my kids, so already the yelling has begun. This drives me NUTS. No one has perfect kids, but my son just gets into everything! This is just a vent post. But this will give you all a little insight into my son and his everyday activities. THanks, sio