new here - lots of questions (long)!

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Registered: 12-15-2003
new here - lots of questions (long)!
Fri, 01-11-2008 - 9:52am
I have a 3 1/2 yr old who was diagnosed w/ PDD-NOS shortly before he turned 2; the dev ped says he can see switching the diagnosis to Asperger's somewhere down the road (at the time when my son was diagnosed, he wasn't speaking much, but is now basically on par with his peers speechwise). People are usually suprised if/when they find out he's on the spectrum - he doesn't have any feeding or sleep issues, and is fairly easygoing. However, and this has been the case since he was 12 months, he always stands out in a room full of kids, mainly because he appears terrified of any one of them going anywhere near him. Also, he's usually not doing what they're doing - I remember when we were in Gymboree at 13 months - all the other kids would be climbing and running etc., and he'd be in the corner, playing with the shiny knobs on the cabinets or picking lint up off the carpet. He started preschool this past September, and was okay initially, but about 2 weeks before Christmas break, he started having weeping/screaming tantrums about going, and they've continued into this week, his first week back. Apparently he usually calms down pretty easily after I leave. His other issue at school lately is that he just gets Really silly, like he stops listening to his teachers and runs around giggling and doing things he knows full well he's not supposed to do, like splashing water or paint, throwing things around, etc. And something else I've been seeing
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Registered: 02-19-2008
Tue, 02-19-2008 - 10:17pm

Hi, I haven't posted here before, but I was reading thru the message board and decided to read yours. I am a mother of three, two of which are on the Autism spectrum. I have been living in the world of autism for about 17 years. It is a lot of heart ache, a lot of work...yet it does get better, much better! I don't know what state you live in but where I live the public school system has special programs for preschoolers with autism disorders. If he is not in a special program like that now try to get him enrolled right away. Early intervention is key. I would also look for a "neuropsychologist" who specializes in Autism, take him there and let them test him and develop a treatment plan specialized for him.

One thing I do remember when my kids were very young was the inconsistency of their behaviors. One

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Registered: 09-10-2004
Sat, 02-23-2008 - 10:09am

My son is 2 yrs 9 mos and just started preschool (has only gone 4 days so far) so I'm not the best to answer many of your questions....because we haven't gotten to the place where we'll probably experience some of what's concerning you now.

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Registered: 12-22-2003
Sun, 02-24-2008 - 3:02pm


My son had the first two signs to a T when he was 4.