On June 2nd, we spent the day with a NeuroPsychologist at Kennedy Krieger Institute. KKI is an internationally recognized institution which helps children with developmental disabilities. They have a high focus on brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal related disorders. We have been there a couple times before but have not met with this department. This time, we were sent over to have Haven evaluated for Asperger’s Syndrome – an autism spectrum syndrome. When we first started to try to diagnose Haven in 2006, we started with this syndrome (along with Prader-Willi Syndrome), but we were told this was not her problem – it was a problem with the parents.
Asperger’s Syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder. Asperger’s Syndrome is known for significant difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical use of language are usually part of the disorder.
Haven worked with the doctor for over 6 hours. (more…)