Hi! New here!

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Registered: 01-23-2007
Hi! New here!
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Tue, 01-23-2007 - 6:08pm

Hello! My name is Sarah, and my 4 1/2 yr old was dx with Asperger's/PDD-NOS in Dec 2006. We are stationed in WA State (my husband is in the Navy) along with our 9 yr old daughter, and we are going to be transferred to Japan this summer. I want to say that my husband and I were actually relieved to have a diagnosis for our son, since we felt like we were going crazy and no one knew why he is the way he is. He's a great little boy and extremely smart!

Anyway, just wanted to say "HELLO!"

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Registered: 03-20-2003
In reply to: docswife96
Tue, 01-23-2007 - 10:39pm

*waving wildly* Welcome to the board!


See, this is going to be great - you can take us with you on your move.

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Registered: 11-13-2003
In reply to: docswife96
Tue, 01-23-2007 - 11:37pm

Hi Sarah,

I'm new here too. My ds, also 4 1/2 was just dx in Dec 2006 and I know what you mean about feeling like you are going crazy! Best of luck with the move.

Molly

Molly
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Registered: 12-22-2003
In reply to: docswife96
Wed, 01-24-2007 - 12:03am

Hi There, Sarah!

Welcome our world of wonders! Trust me, ASD kiddos, are truly wonders! :-)

I'd love to say that "I'm new too" but alas...I'm far from it. I've been hanging around this board for a long time. I have three children, two on the spectrum. My oldest (boy) is 9, Dx'd Asperger's. My youngest (girl) is 6, Dx'd Autism. Then I have an angel in the middle who's 7...she keeps me sane!

Again, many welcomes!

Amy

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Registered: 01-23-2007
In reply to: docswife96
Wed, 01-24-2007 - 12:42am
Thanks everyone!! I am really glad to be here! Yes, we are nervous about this move, because with the military, we have to get clearance for us to now go to Japan, because of our son. It's awful waiting in limbo, not knowing what's going on. Hopefully they will give us the green light. The only special services he receives is speech therapy, so that should look good for us. He's a awesome little boy and just a complete joy!! So, keep your fingers crossed for us. We will know what's going on by the end of Jan, beginning of Feb.
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Registered: 06-25-2003
In reply to: docswife96
Wed, 01-24-2007 - 4:16pm

Belated Welcome.


I'm glad you found us. I am Paula, and I have been here a grusomely long time.

-Paula

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Registered: 01-26-2007
In reply to: docswife96
Fri, 01-26-2007 - 10:07am
Hi! New here as well. We are just starting to find out what is going on with our son, and we are really finding it hard to get a straight answer from anyone! I think we will be relieved when we finally have a diagnosis. We are living in PA now, but are originally from Seattle and miss it. Any tips you can give in getting a diagnosis or what type of schooling you are doing would be great. Our son just turned four. Take care! Barb
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Registered: 01-23-2007
In reply to: docswife96
Fri, 01-26-2007 - 10:18am
Hi Barb, thanks for the warm welcome! When we got the dx for our son, it was like a huge weight was lifted off of our shoulders. The one thing we found that was very important was to treat our son completely normal. He's just like any other child. The only difference is he's more advanced than kids his age. As for schooling, he's in a regular pre-k class at the elementary school here. He gets along well with the other kids and does his assignments like everyone else. The only thing different is he's in speech therapy at school, and goes to private speech therapy every Saturday. Has your son had a IFSP or IEP done yet? That is very important since that will determine if he needs OT,speech therapy or any other services a school can provide. Hope that helps a bit, since we are still new to this as well :-)
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Registered: 01-22-2005
In reply to: docswife96
Fri, 01-26-2007 - 10:59am

Hi Sarah,

I wanted to chime in a bit. My name is Crystal, I'm married to an active duty soldier. He is currently in Iraq, and the kids and I are in Northern Alabama.

I am a big lurker on this board, I read everything but very rarely post.

I have 2 sons, CJ (10) AS and Matthew (5) NT.

You shouldn't have a problem getting your son's EFMP screening to come through. We've recently had to do one, as we are moving to Hawaii after DH returns from the sandbox. But I have friends here that are going to Okinawa this summer and their son has HFA. This will be their second move to Okinawa and they've never had a problem. Infact, becuase this child will be going to a D.O.D. school, they are thrilled (I'm hoping for a good D.O.D. school in Hawaii!).

I know the moves can be nerve wracking, I hate them. I've found that on long plane rides, a good MP3 player works very well for both of my kids.

Good luck to you. All will be just fine.

Crystal

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Registered: 01-23-2007
In reply to: docswife96
Sat, 01-27-2007 - 1:21am

Hi Crystal!!

I am praying to god that we don't have problems getting these orders. I mean, they have been approved, but this was before our son was diagnosed. Plus, Sasebo apparently doesn't have the ASD services, BUT I was told there are kids there with Asperger's. Our son is on the very mild side, and doesn't really require services except for speech therapy, but every school has those services. We were also told it should be ok, but there's always that chance the orders can be pulled. We are praying that they don't pull the orders, since we all want to go, and our kids would do so well there, especially our son.

As for DOD schools, I heard that the DOD school at Kanaoe Bay (sp?) is very good. The others are "ok", but that's just what I heard. Thanks for the well wishes with our orders. Good luck with Hawaii! BTW, my husband came back from Iraq in August, after being gone for 9 months, so my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sarah

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Registered: 11-17-2003
In reply to: docswife96
Sat, 01-27-2007 - 12:27pm

Hi Crystal!

New here as well - have to introduce myself later today when I get a moment. :)

We have a 3.5 yo DS who was just diagnosed last week with definite AS and possible mild PDD-NOS (pending eval by dev. ped.). It's nothing my gut hadn't been telling me since he was born, nearly.

Anyway, looking forward to getting to know you - welcome!!

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