I actually visited awhile back when I first suspected that my oldest may have AS. Well after getting the ADHD dx from ped, and then visiting a dev ped, who agreed with the dx and added anxiety, I am back. My son just turned 7yr old. He displays many of the AS traits and I still believe he may have it. I am not sure where to go from here. What Dr's know about AS best? Who are the best to go see? I do home school him so I am not sure that an official dx is even necessary, but I just never know what the future will bring, kwim? My son is currently on concerta and it does help settle him and make him less defiant but we still have some major issues, the most concerning is social skills. And actually when he is medicated the AS pops out more to me. When we went to the dev ped, they had me bring him unmedicated and he was a hyper mess, thats all she saw. She asked the typical "autism" questions and said he was too engaged to be autistic. From what I read aspies can be okay with adults socially but not peers?
Some of the "things" that pop out at me about him are:
He is very sound sensitive, always has been, covers ears and gets real hyper when certain noises are heard.
He is VERY obsessed with his personal area of interest and has been since he was 1yrs old, vehicles. He owns no other kind of toy and if he does it was a gift and just collects dust. He has NEVER gone down any other isle in a toy dept than the hotwheel/car isle. He has when I do, but does not give it anytime of day. When he buys his toys, looks for books at library or picks movies, always vehicle related. Oh and in schooling excells if the topic revolves around, can you guess? Vehicles, LOL. He wants to only play that with friends and does not know how to play anything else, thats where alot of social problems come in.
He really does not have any friends, he has people he hangs out with but he does not really talk about any of them or want to invite them over, or vis versa. We do HSing group activities, park day, playgroups ect. He gets left out alot, he is the one the group runs away from. He will try to play the games the others play(good guy, bad guy ect) and then he ends up hurting someone. He only wants to talk about, you guessed it CARS. The other kids get bored with it and walk away. This part really makes me sad and I want to find resources to help him get better social skills, any ideas?
Routine with him, he is a bit flexable but VERY into the clock. "It is time for lunch", if I give him a time limit on something he sticks to it by the clock. He is very into counting. He counts the number of "Chevy'S" in a magazine. He counts how many exits we have to go when driving on the highway.
I could go on but these are the main "symptoms" I see. What do you all think? Should I seek out the formal diagnosis. What are some great resources that can help me help him, especially in social sit?
Any help is greatly appreciated!