introducing my family

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Registered: 03-21-2007
introducing my family
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Sat, 05-19-2007 - 7:58am
Hi,Ithought I'd better introduce myself and my family.There's me Yvonne,my husband David and Joe,my son.Joe was Diagnosed as Having borderline PDD-NOS last year.Most places he goes to or does ,he doesn't have any problems,apart from school.School is our biggest and only real problem.He's in a mainstream school. he doesn't have many problems socializing with other children.He has many friends at home and is always playing out or at home with 3 to 4 other children off our street.These children have become to know Joe is different at home than he is at school.Why is Joe so naughty at school and not at home ,I get asked alot.Joe's real problem is the frustration and anger.He finds it very difficult to calm down when he has a meltdown.This usually happens in class and disrupts the teacher
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Sun, 05-20-2007 - 12:55pm
Hi,thanks for taking the time to get in touch.no i've never heard of spd but ds has no problem with noise,the only time he will get annoyed is when he tries to concentrate on his work at school and someone is being noisy,that can cause him to loose his temper.I'm finding it all very confusing as i have never seen him have a meltdown as the only place it happens is school.he also doesn't fit the pdd-nos diagnoses that he has been given.they did say it was borderline/mild and if he hadn't gone to cahms he wouldn't have been diagnosed with anything at all.thanks once again,yvonnexxx.
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Sun, 05-20-2007 - 12:43pm
Hi, makes you feel you're not on your own.Yvonnexxx
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Sun, 05-20-2007 - 9:48am

Welcome to the group! I wish that I had some great advice to give, but I'm fairly new at all this myself. I know that there are many in this group, though, that can share things that have helped them over the years. I hope you enjoy the group as much as I do!

Amy~mom to Natalie (10 yrs) & Lily (4.5 yrs, pdd-nos, sensenbrenner syndrome)

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Sun, 05-20-2007 - 8:22am

Hi Yvonne - I'm new here too. My son is 5 1/2 and was diagnosed with PDD-NOS. He also doesn't fit the 'mold' of what I've heard about autism and Aspergers. Have you ever heard of Sensory Integration or Sensory Processing Disorder? There is a really great, easy to understand book called "The Out of Sync Child" by Carol Kranowitz. I found it very informative and interesting. It talks about how senses that are over or under developed can affect behavior. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders can have Sensory issues but typically developing children can also have trouble with sensory issues. It is really worth looking into. I think most libraries carry it and Amazon has it.

For example, my son has a heightened auditory sense - he cannot tolerate loud noises and is very sensitive to sound. He has trouble filtering out background noises so when we are out somewhere it can be too much for him. It is like having the volume turned up on 3 different TVs and not being able to concentrate on any of it. When he is overwhelmed he acts out. He has other sensory issues but none are as intense as his auditory. Ryan can spin in place (or on an amusement ride) without getting dizzy. He is very sensitive to new textures of clothing or food also.

Anyway, I found the book very enlightening and it has helped me understand Ryan's sometimes confusing behavior. Now, I can predict it and prevent it. I've recommended it to many, many friends and they've all found it helpful.

Good luck!
Larie