Autism vs. DSI

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Registered: 01-03-2005
Autism vs. DSI
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Mon, 01-10-2005 - 3:51pm
Is DSI a form of Autism and how are they distinguished? I have the opportunity to attend a workshop given by a local Autism society and they will be discussing DSI too.
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Registered: 11-16-2004
Mon, 01-10-2005 - 4:37pm
Kids with Autism have a variety of symptoms, one of which is sensory issues. Kids with other diagosis can also have sensory issues. And DSI can be a diagnosis all on its own (when they don't show any other symptoms from other diagnosis). Marissa is like this. She has only DSI. So Sensory issues doesn't mean Autism, but a diagnosis of Austim usually means a child has sensory issues. HTH
Michele
I have been to a workshop by the Michigan Autism society and it would be helpful for kids with any sensory issues, IMO.
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Registered: 11-01-2004
Mon, 01-10-2005 - 9:41pm

Yup, yup.

               

 

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Tue, 01-11-2005 - 12:59pm
Thankyou for your response it is very helpful. Do you mind me asking if your daughter Marissa goes to OT and how it is being paid for if you are. I am having a terrible time getting my insurance co. or the school to pay for it and the DSI specialist charges $400 just for an evaluation.
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Registered: 11-16-2004
Tue, 01-11-2005 - 2:01pm

Marissa goes to OT and it is paid for by insurance. In order for a school to provide OT, the issues have to impair their functioning in school (not so they can do their best, it is a horrible system if you ask me). Since most kids with DSI also have motor issues, I found the best way was to present that to my dr to get the referral. We got lucky. Marissa had her Kindergarten screen (which is what really opened up my eyes to her issues) and she fell 9 months behind in gross motor and 6 months in fine motor. I took that to her dr for a referral. Besides the fact that we were having horrible bathroom accident issues.

Does your child have motor issues? Marissa also has balance issues. So when she went to the OT for her eval she was in the 9% for sensory motor. So they got the OT covered with the motor issues but are also working on the sensory issues because they are so related. HTH
Michele

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Tue, 01-11-2005 - 2:55pm
Wow, thank you so much yes Andrea has terrible fine and gross motor skills. Her balance is bad and mine used to/is too so I just thought it was inherited and didn't make a big deal about it. She falls often and in first grade she had a couple of bowel movement accidents. She was difficult to potty train. She's very tall and a bit overweight so I thought that was the reason for the awkwardness but now I think otherwise. She is seven and gets by in gym and with other motor issues but really struggles. I need to call her Pediatrician. They are a huge group and I'm thinking about switching to a smaller more intimate one but Andrea really needs the OT soon.
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Wed, 01-12-2005 - 11:26am

Both of my boys have been diagnosed with mild autism and have sensory issues, but there are some kids who JUST have sensory issues. That being said, there is a lot of gray area when you get to the very mild autism/DSI line. My oldest child is one who is particularly hard to place. Is it autism? Or severe sensory issues? Only time will tell, and maybe not all the way.

I'd go to the conference. It sounds interesting!

Rachel