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|Mon, 10-10-2005 - 10:19am|
Hi, my name is Robin and I have a 12 yo son that I suspect may be on the Autism spectrum (if that is the correct terminology) or at least exhibits some Autism characteristics. Let me give a quick summary of his history. He has always been hyper, immature, impulsive, disorganized, and easily distracted. All of these chartacteristics describe ADD, so in 3rd grade a psychologist diagnosed him with ADD - well sort of. He said that my son exhibited some of the characteristics of ADD, but some of his behaviors were contradictory with an ADD diagnosis. For instance he is able to concentrate on some very complex things. He is extremely good in math and science and he is an avid reader. But with "lack of a better diagnosis" (his words) the psych. called him ADD. At the time he ruled out Autism. I think that perhaps the psychologist ruled this out, because in a one to one conversation he can talk in a very engaging and interesting way. It is not until he is in a group that his odd behavior really sticks out.
My son still has all of the above characteristics, but he also seems to have some Autistic characteristics. He actually always had these characteristics, but they have become even more obvious as his peers mature. He just doesn't seem to catch on to social cues like other kids his age. He finds it necessary to talk too much to any adult in the room about things that are not necessarily on topic, and he just doesn't seem to listen to the other kids. Well he will listen to them, but will respond to the adult in the room. He rambles on about whatever he finds important, but he doesn't talk about the same thing all the time. He also has a habit of touching other children. I can see other children laughing at his odd behavior and he has trouble making friends. I can't seem to teach him to act in a more socially appropriate may.
Perhaps he is not autistic, but he definitely has some characteristics of autism. My neighbor, who has an autistic son, recently asked me if my son has apsbergers. I don't want to go through testing again as it was quite expensive and not covered by insurance, so I was hoping that you might have some ideas for dealing with his innappropriate social behaviors. How do you teach your kids to behave more appropriately? Can you recommend what to look for in a therapist to help him cope? He is not on medication, and managing to do well in school (as long as I stay on his case to get his homework done), so I am mostly concerned about the social issues at this time. Any help or advice would be appreciated.