My son Henry had his first evaluation this morning at the Pediatric Adolescent Center. I had a feeling that his issues would be in the PDD/Asperger's area, so I've lurked here for a few weeks.
The doc mentioned Asperger's but said it was much too early to give a definitive diagnosis. She only saw the both of us for one hour this morning. She said that he *definitely* has a development delay, which I knew. That's why I made the appointment in the first place.
Henry is 6 1/2 and in the first grade. He *loves* numbers--counting, adding, subtracting. Just recently, he has become more interested in calendars. He has a calendar just like the one in his first grade classroom that he can attach a picture for each day. Plus, he has a regular calendar that he can X off the days, and he's been drawing calendar grids on his chalkboard and wipe board.
Henry loves to play pretend school. Every single day after school, we go through the entire day in "pretend". If we don't get to play it, he gets very upset. When he gets a bad conduct grade (which is getting more common these days), I won't play with him. He'll just play by himself.
Henry rarely plays with other children.
Everyone else in my family thinks that Henry is perfect--just extra-smart, and my mom thinks that 6-year-olds are not typically social anyway.
Henry has another appointment this Saturday morning. And they are going to be starting a social skills group for 5 and 6 year olds in the next couple weeks.
I welcome all questions and comments. I look forward to getting to know all of you.