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|Fri, 10-07-2005 - 3:21pm|
We're still in the dx stages with my kids, but it looks like this is where we belong. After pediatrician dismissed various concerns about my kids, I finally sat down and wrote out about a dozen concerns about ds, and pediatrician said it sounded like PDD. I still need to do the same for 11yo dd. As I've looked up more info, I've been amazed at how much this describes my children. The most revealing part to me is how the PDD symptoms are so far different than what I'd ever considered autistic-type behavior to be!
I'm a 38yo SAHM, with 42yo dh living in Maryland. Kids are 11 & 2yo dd, 9 & 7yo ds. I think all of my kids probably qualify as PDD to some degree, but the two I most want help for are my 11yo dd and 7yo ds. Their symptoms really impact their day-to-day living and their/my daily frustrations. Because none of their symptoms are "severe," no one really understood how affecting their behaviors have been to the kids and the family. To an outsider, they're great kids (they ARE, but they have issues, too)! Off the top of my head (since we're still working through official dx), some of their issues are sensory, obsessive compulsive, lack of social cues, etc. I'm wondering whether their bowel problems are also related. Ds has a big problem with forgetting that he likes certain foods so freaks out when served them again even tho he begged for them just minutes before. Dd also believes the world is against her. These two kids also were early readers, mostly self-taught. In fact when 9yo was in kindergarten, he used to ask his then 3yo brother for help with homework! The funny thing is that when kids were younger, I would have sworn it was the other two kids who were going to have issues!
Anyway, we're still working through insurance and finding therapist, but we're so happy to finally have an idea of what the problems are and working towards understanding them and helping children learn some life skills. Yay!
Due to time constraints I'll probably be mostly a lurker, but I look forward to learning so much more from you!!!