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|Wed, 06-07-2006 - 10:06am|
My 2.5 y/o son (my 4th child) is what brings me to this board. He has been diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy, sensory integration dysfunction, trigonocephaly, GERD, hypotonia (not a DX), seizures, colaboma of the eye and chronic cuteness.
His neuro has been telling me for six months now that when he gets closer to 4-5 he thinks we will be discussing the autism spectrum. Last week when we went in he said he's leaning more towards PDD-NOS for my son but still would prefer to wait until he's a little older to be sure since he can change so rapidly at this age. (and with his other diagnoses I'm assuming wondering what is overlapping, etc)
He is very social when it comes to adults and older siblings/kids but not with his peers. He is finally getting to where he will let them come up to him and he will look at what they are doing....just last week he actually played with a girl that came over to us with a sticker book....well okay he actually played with her sticker book while she was holding it but I was excited nonetheless. :) He is speech delayed but not too far off and is extremely intelligent, knows colors, can draw a complete detailed face, etc yet not consistent on any skill. What we did find out in the past month was all the time we thought he was getting skills and checking them off our charts, I realized that he didn't really KNOW the answer...he just memorized the answer. He's what the neuro described as very ROTE. For example, in the office I said "how's that taste" and his answer is always "delicious". He answers appropriately but at inappropriate times...he wasn't even eating anything and he did this when I wasn't even directly asking him...I was saying it to the doc. He also has trouble learning things and then generalizing them...his therapists say A+B=C for you CANNOT change B in any way without throwing him off. He's in OT, PT, ST and DT weekly through EI and has been since 6 mos old.
I've been lurking on this board for a week now trying to learn more about this and trying to do more research on how to better help him learn.....does it sound to anyone here that this may or may not be indeed the right place for us to be? I'm wondering if possibly ABA therapy is something I need to look into...yet I'm not sure even exactly what it is. Any advice is definitely appreciated. I can handle his physical difficulties but when I realized he's having trouble with his mind....its scarey.