My name is Connie & I have 2 great kids with ASD (and a DH who has Aspie traits). Logan is 4 now & was diagnosed with PDD (but the doctor thinks he'll eventually swing more towards Asperger's). Duncan is 2.5 and more along the straight autism diagnosis but since he talks (repeats everything, but does it clearly!) the doctors are reluctant to give him the full diagnosis. It doesn't really matter to me one way or the other.
We've been having a LOT of trouble with the school system here and they refuse to admit (despite 3 different doctors diagnosing Logan and the school's autism specialist also verifying the diagnosis) that Logan has autism...he's "just a loner" or has other developmental delays. We've been fighting the battle for 1.5 years now...I'm hoping a change in schools (if we can manage it!) will make a difference.
My guys have a lot of highs & lows...we're doing some of the biological treatments (without telling anyone what we're doing) and laugh when the school personnel tell us that Logan's been making such HUGE progress after we start a new one. Of course, when there is a problem I'm always told I'm a bad parent (no discipline or structure in the home, they say...yet none has ever come to visit or to ask what we do in certain situations!)& that I'm pathologizing my child (the OT who told me that was instantly fired, by the way!) Both of my boys throw some humdinger tantrums, but overall, it's fun to be with them and to watch their perception of the world.
I'll be posting in the next few days to see if you have any ideas on how to get the school to deal with Logan's social skills as well as how to work with a child with ASD who is being bullied & is upset about it (but can't generalize social stories & the school won't help out with it anyway).
I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone better! I'm SO glad this Board is here!