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Registered: 09-12-2008
Who's here????
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Mon, 03-08-2010 - 2:23pm

We haven't had a role call for a long time. Thought it would be nice to have one.

All you newbies...come out of hiding please :-)



Jessie mommy to Gabe(5 years ASD/CAS/SID)and baby Zane (1 year old)



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Registered: 09-12-2008
Mon, 03-08-2010 - 2:33pm

Hello. I'm Jessie mommy to Gabe 5, Zane 1, stepmom to Jasmine 18 and fur mommy to Milo.

Gabe brings me to this board. He has ASD and loads of language issues. He is currently in a mixed NT/nonNT preschool class with speech therapy and special ed support. The school just started using some sensory things to help Gabe stay focused and on task last week....after me complaining multiple times! Gabe love's video games and youtube. He watches Mario videos on youtube and has them all pretty much memorized. He loves to snuggle with me....and wrestle with daddy.

Zane is a little bully. He turns the TV off when Gabe is playing a video game, steals the controller, smacks Gabe in the face, and then laughs. Boy am I going to have my hands full. Zane seems to be developing normally, but then I don't really know what normal is. He does have a few red flags....but I'm not worried just yet. I am rather enjoying his naughtiness and silly little quirks. But Daddy and I are both keeping a light eye on him.

Jasmine is starting college in the fall....can't believe she is heading off to college. She wants to be an art therapist. She'll be good at it too. She has so much compassion for people!

Matt and I are busy still unpacking from our move. We still have a few boxes in the garage. Mostly junk that belongs to Matt. He has low level hoarding issues!!! At least that's what I tell him when I want him to throw something away. I just have to call him a hoarder...and in the trash it goes.

Our whole family is very ready for Spring. We have had a rough winter....bring on the warm weather.



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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 03-08-2010 - 7:54pm

Hi, I'm Heather.

                                

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Registered: 03-09-2009
Tue, 03-09-2010 - 12:25am

Hi, I'm Debbie. I mostly lurk as my DS (age almost 13) has been "only" dx with ADHD, but he has a lot of Aspie tendencies and traits and it helps to come here and get tips and be reassured through the stories of others that he's not alone.

Current issues are his need to talk incessantly about his interests (currently it's WoW and everything 9/11...but he still loves his Thomas, and at times will be watching one of the videos while playing with the trains. He also "scripts" aloud while he plays, always has), talking to himself constantly, and various anxiety issues.

Another thing that's come to my attention is how he's socializing. He attends various programs at the YMCA. While he loves going to them, he seems aloof yet enjoying the social atmosphere.

An example is how he barely says hi and bye to the kids. One or more will say bye to him and he just walks on by. When I call his attention to the fact that he was spoken to ("Aren't you going to say (hi/bye) to your friend"), he just looks at me and shrugs. He loves going, and isn't a wallflower while there, and yet isn't really connecting. That's the best that I can describe it. Like he's talking to the other kids, and going along with the activities, and laughing, but not connecting.

We kind of get that too from him, like we're just an audience for his rambling on about his interests. There's no personal connection. When the night's over, he's got no further use for them. Now that he's almost a teen, and I'm seeing how the other kids are interacting, it's really starting to worry me.

Other things too. Empathy. He's a gentle kid (so I'm not worried that he'd harm anyone), but if he asks after your health (for example), it's because he's wondering if you are going to do something that will freak him out (like throw up). He doesn't really care that you are sick, just whether you might vomit (or die...that's another fear WRT sickness, if you're not going to puke or die, he skips off not giving you another thought, LOL...not that I need his care and compassion per se, but just saying...).

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Registered: 04-28-2007
Tue, 03-09-2010 - 9:24am

Hi Dee here. I hail from Ireland but living in the states almost 12 years now...wow!! I'm at home right now but taught middle school English for 5 years in Md. Having inklings about teaching again.

I have three kiddos. Liam(10 this month) ASD/Adhd/BP/GAD, Cian (6)AS/Adhd/Dysarthria, and Roan(3) SPD.

My kids are why I get up and breathe each day, although I'll admit there are days I need a O2 tank;)

Living in GA (after NY and Md). I like it here, slower pace of life and "usually" winters aren't so harsh. Recently Liam has stabilized for the first time in 10 years and so I am finally getting to take a breath and not eggshell walk....steep learning curve after 10 years of it;)

Ashamed to say I've been here since Liam was 4, pre dx, but I have made several lifelong friends here.

Dee

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Registered: 01-07-2008
Tue, 03-09-2010 - 9:54am

Hi, I'm not that new but I'll introduce myself anyway. I'm Kirsty, living in Scotland (UK) where we recently moved. Mum to Euan (11, Aspergers Syndrome) - he got his diagnosis aged 8 but we'd had red flags and problems since he was 3, but it took that long to get an accurate diagnosis after a lot of false leads and head banging. He's now a very happy boy in his last year of primary school preparing for high school (eeek!) with quite a lot of support and goodwill from the school (and from his new school in preparing for the transition).

"My definition of housework is to sweep the room with a glance"


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Registered: 02-28-2008
Tue, 03-09-2010 - 10:06am

I'm Andrea, mom to 3 boys with various dxs. Let's just say, ours is a 'special' family, lol. I'm in Chicagoland - that sprawling tract of suburbs outside the city proper - for 13 years now. Before that hailed from Maine.

Graham, 11, is an Aspie who talks/script nearly constantly and paces. He also has his hand down his pants most times when he's home. Fortunately, he seems to mostly do it at home now. It's been a problem for awhile. Current focus is on his DS, Star Wars, and anything he's seen on TV.

Miles, almost 8, has a significant language impairment which makes it difficult for him to formulate language. He's a neat little guy, though. My engineer, builder, problem solver. A Neuropsych says he's on the spectrum, but he's so high functioning, I have a hard time believing it most days.

Anson, 5, has just finally potty trained . His language is coming along, although it's still a bit hard to understand at times and he's not the chatter box that most 5 year olds are. He may be on the spectrum as well, but again is high functioning.

I've been on ivillage since before Graham was born but probably found this board 4 or 5 years ago. I can't really remember, it's been such a blur of dx's, IEP's, and therapies, lol.

Andrea, mom to

Graham
Miles
Anson

Andrea, mom to

Graham
Miles
Anson