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Fri, 05-20-2005 - 10:55am

Hello, new to the board.

My 5 yr old son has been diagnosed with "shadow signs" of PDD/Asperger's Syndrome.

Nicolas has been in the NJ Early Intervention Program since the age of 2. He is in a PIP pre-school and receives OT, PT (he also has hypotonia)and speech.

His biggest stumbling block seems to be his social skills. He does love children, loves playing with them and can interact but sometimes he just doesn't "get it" and doesn't know how to join in on the fun.

His eye contact has become much better. And they are working on his expressive language.

I'm looking for the right "board" for support.

Hope you all can help.

Thanks...Nancy

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In reply to: nannykins
Fri, 05-20-2005 - 4:14pm

Welcome, welcome. You have come to the right place lol. Sometimes we are more different than we are alike, but we love to pass out chocolate and hugs. Myself I prefer a nice red wine.

Nice to meet you. I have 2 AS kids a bit older, then a 5 yo who is borderline PDD-NOS too and ADHD. I am not sure he will stick with an ASD diagnosis or what will happen but we do know he is neurologically not quite typical, lol. He has been diagnosed with PDD, but provisionally as the psychologist cannot say for sure which direction he will go as he gets older.

Passing some nice dark chocolate and a welcome. Oh, and don't worry if you post goes a bit down here without a lot of response. If everyone else on the board is like me, I rarely make it past the general topics at the top.

Renee

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Registered: 10-03-2004
In reply to: nannykins
Sat, 05-21-2005 - 9:51pm

Dear Nancy,

I want to follow Renee's lead and also welcome you to the board. I am the mom of a very cool almost 8-year-old boy with mild PDD-NOS, who has been in loads of therapies and special school for Spectrum and is doing brilliantly! In fact, we are in NYC and have heard rumors that special ed for spectrum is supposed to be fairly advanced in NJ!!! That's what I've heard. IS this true? NYC is borderline archaic, but we've been very very lucky.

Malcolm is super bright and funny and, yes, quirky. We have found (and paid for part of) an extensive amount of play group therapy and social skills therapy and even sports therapy, which has really helped --- and while he still occasionally has some big moments of struggle, he is making many friends and handling social situations with much more aplomb and ease. Amazing really. We are great believers in the more therapy, the better!

Again, welcome. This has been a great board for me to sound off some and even just listen to great advice and BTDT stories.

yours,

Sara
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Registered: 02-24-2004
In reply to: nannykins
Sat, 05-21-2005 - 10:59pm

Hi Nancy!

Welcome to the board!

My son, Nathan, is 6yrs old and he's high functioning autistic. He's in kindergarten and having some problems with his social interactions too. He's got great classmates, so that helps. I know they know that something is different about him, but they've been real nice about everything. I sure hope it continues though!

He loves playing with the other kids, he just isn't sure what to do or what to say. He's getting speech therapy (he was a late talker), so that doesn't help with his social skills. Even though he's 6, his speech is around the 4yr old range. He also has sensory issues, which means he doesn't like to do what the boys do (play in dirt, roll around, play with balls). He doesn't like to get dirty, especially his hands!

I've been working alot with him on his interaction skills. Now that the weather is warming up, we're always out and around other people. He's been learning to "tell" me when he doesn't understand something.....so that really helps!!

Nice to have you on the board!

Michelle