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I'm New
Mon, 05-03-2004 - 1:39am

I'm Lynnae and I have 2 children, a 6 year old girl and an 18 month old boy. My daughter, Hannah, has not been officially diagnosed, but her speech teacher suspects AS (and so do I). Looking back, she had some major signs of AS (or even full blown autism) at a young age. She would bang her head, would repeat her videos verbatim, and she didn't have any original speech, only echolalia, until she was 5. In the last year she's caught up beautifully. She's in a regular kindergarten class and is a very good reader. She still has problems with social skills, but we're working on it.

My concern at the moment is my son, Jonathan. I keep telling myself that I'm paranoid, but he only says "hi" and "bye". I'm not sure about his receptive language. If I ask where Hannah is, he turns to look at her, and he will get his shoes if I ask him to, and half the time he will get a book if I ask him to, but those are the only commands he follows. He doesn't point to show interest in things. He loves to play with cars, and doesn't really spin the wheels, but his favorite thing to do is throw toys over the edge of anything and watch them drop. He could do that all day. However, he has good eye contact and loves to play games like peek-a-boo. He is also more attatched to me than Hannah ever was. I'm waiting for a call back from EI to schedule an evaluation, and I'm dreading it.

Anyway, that's my life at the moment. I've been lurking here for a while, and you all seem so supportive and knowledgable. I'm looking forward to getting to know you.

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Fri, 05-07-2004 - 9:37pm

I hope I can apply the "better late than never" rule here.

~ Chelsea
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Registered: 03-28-2003
Tue, 05-04-2004 - 5:51pm
NT means neurologically typical, so the average kiddo. If you go to our community web site, there is a page which lists a lot of common abbreviations.


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Registered: 08-22-2003
Tue, 05-04-2004 - 5:42pm
Hi Lynnae and welcome!

My name is Shelley and I have a 3 yr old DS, Vaughn. We don't yet know what's up with him but I suspect SID and possible AS. I, too started becoming suspicious around 18 months but friends and family seemed to always talk me out of it. He will be evaluated in June and is currently being evaled by the school child study team. He also loved driving cars off the edge of a small ladder. He would do it for hours. But he's extremely smart, loving and funny. We think (DH & I) he'll be an awesome grown up but getting through the social rigors of school...I'm not looking forward to it.

This is a great board with a lot of support and knowledge. Hope to hear more from you.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 05-04-2004 - 4:12pm
Thank you all for your warm welcomes! (and for all the cyber-goodies too. How did you know I love sweets? LOL ). Early intervention finally called me back on Jonathan, so we're getting the ball rolling for him.

One question: I've figured out most of the abbreviations, but what is NT?



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Registered: 12-22-2003
Tue, 05-04-2004 - 10:50am
Welcome Lynnae!

I'm Amy, SAHM to Noah, Emma, and Claire. Noah will be 7 next month-his Dx is AS. Emma just turned 5-she's my NT. Claire will be 4 in August-we're still working on her Dx, but we believe it will be HFA. She has lots of sensory issues, a significant language delay, etc.

Welcome to our little piece of cyber-heaven. You'll find a safe haven full of wonderful people~with lots of wisdom~and tons of understanding!


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Registered: 08-30-2003
Mon, 05-03-2004 - 1:41pm
Hi Lynnae and welcome to our little corner of the world. I am Linda (37) I work full time and I am a family centered therapist. I live in southeast Iowa as far southeast as you can go without crossing the over the state lines. I am mother to two wonderful boys. Jimmy 15 years PDD-NOS and Kyle 11 years learning disablities and DW to Jim of nearly 18 years. We have a miracle kitty his name is Tom. He has used about 3 of his nine lives that know of.

Our family hobbies are NASCAR, dirt track racing and bowling.

I am glad you have taken the initiative and contacted EI.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your family better.

Again welcome-

~~Linda~~ (passing carmel kisses your way)

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Registered: 02-24-2004
Mon, 05-03-2004 - 1:17pm
Hi Lynnae!!

My name is Michelle, and I have 2 boys. Tyler (7) and Nathan (5). Nathan is HFA, and also has sensory and anxiety issues. Tyler is NT, so I was always a bit suspicious of Nathan's behavior---I had someone to compare him too!! Nathan gets speech and OT twice a week now, but more therapy is coming soon!! I'm just waiting to hear from the dr for his recommendations.

I'm glad you came out from lurking!! I lurked for awhile myself. I still feel rather new to all of this, even though I've been posting for awhile now!! The ladies here are great with advice, and we're always here to listen!! The support here has been really helpful to me. Hope to hear more about Hannah and Jonathon!!


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Registered: 03-28-2003
Mon, 05-03-2004 - 11:05am

I'm Sio, mother to Liam, CAPD, SID, AD/HD, Dyslexia, and visual issues. He is 7, and doing better then I could have hoped for in first grade. His sister, my younger, is Linnane. She is a recently turned 5 yo Princess. It is very nice to meet you, and I, too look forward to getting to know you and yours better.

Unfortunately, a lot of us have issues with more then one kiddo. For example, I've been trying to get Linny an OT eval from our old private OT, but not getting very far. I fear she will have processing issues or noise sensitivity like her brother. I also think she has the AD/HD bug, but is more hyper, while her brother in AD/HD-Inattentive. I have talked to her pending principal, and we will watch her like a hawk next year in K!

It totally bites to have to look from one to the other and think "is it me, or is something goin on with this one, too?" And difficult when the second one exhibits much more subtle issues. It is quite tempting to run for that cruise ship on the River of Denial. But the flip side is, we tend to KNOW what we are looking for! So kuddo's to you for trusting your gut, girlie!

BTW, do you say your name Lynn-E, or Lynn-A?? I call mine Lynn-E, as her nick name.

Welcome to our little corner of the net!


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Mon, 05-03-2004 - 9:58am


Welcome to the board officially ;).

I am Paula, I have two special needs kiddos: Pete is almost 6 and has HFA and SID. Siobhán (DD) will be 4 next week and has SID and a language delay (I suspect mild Aspergers).

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