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|Tue, 01-24-2006 - 6:41pm|
Hi! I sent this a few days ago, but it didn't show up--at least not for me, so please forgive me if this is a repeat!
My ds just turned 6. I checked in with you all about a year ago with suspicions of Aspergers and ended up taking Ethan to a psychologist for evaluation. The dr. saw him for 30 mins!!! Dr. said too early to diagnose and since the main problem seemed to be in Ethan's conversation, I should just 're-direct' him and all would be well. ARGH!
Fast forward to now--half way through Kindergarten. Ethan is friendly and plays with others--somewhat. He never is a discipline problem. But he tends to go off topic in conversations and sometimes adds numbers randomly in his sentences. This is starting to cause concern with teachers; when asked a question about swimming, last week, Ethan's answer was " the water evaporates and goes up to the volcano and the llama comes down..." A friend nudged him and told him it was lava-not llama :^) But this is extremely typical of Ethan's speech. He often strings words and thougths together that have no connection. He is rarely on topic. In the past two weeks, a few other things have started to surface. First, Ethan has started telling me that he is 'bad' and no one like him. He has friends and so far no one has been mean to him, so I'm not sure where this is coming from. He is also becoming VERY sensitive to correction and even the slightest "Ethan, let's do it this way," will bring tears and a huge melt-down. I thought he had grown out of the melt-down stage :^( He says I am mad at him and he is bad. Yesterday I took him and dd to Wally world to spend b'day money. When dd and I turned down the aisle, Ethan kept walking and ignored me when I called several times --VERY a-typical. When I got him back to me, he was distressed and said he NEEDED to keep walking in a straight line. At times it seems like he doesn't even hear me when I talk to him, since he is so focused on what he is doing.
The speech teacher at school called me when I asked for a referral and told me (before she ever met Ethan) that "aspergers' is the latest catch-all, just like ADD" and it is very rare. I know I will get no help from her.
Since Ethan is pretty well integrated into his school and has friends, I think the Dr./teachers think I am imagining this. But I know there are levels of Aspergers and I just want to find someone who can help me, help my ds.