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April 4th, 2008, 03:58 PM
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My son is 8. He was dx'ed with ADHD back when he was 5. He's been medicated, but now, they (the school) is questioning about him having a "high functioning" form of Autism, like Aspergers. This comes on the heels of a terrible week for us...school wise.
I pretty much just don't know where to start. He's going to see his psych. in May and I am going to ask for a complete work up from medical to mental, with all the testing.
I just don't know what else to do at this point...this is uncharted waters for us!
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April 4th, 2008, 05:32 PM
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I've heard of a lot of cases where Asperger's is not diagnosed until a later age. What are the signs they are saying fit with autism?

There's lots of help for autistic children and there is so much more awareness for it now. Hopefully you'll know soon so you don't have to worry for too long. We're here if you need us or if you have any questions at all.
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April 4th, 2008, 06:39 PM
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Hi and welcome. What you are feeling is totally normal. (((HUGS)))
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April 4th, 2008, 07:59 PM
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I am new here too and to get news that your son may have autism or any disorder can be confusing and upsetting. I am sorry that you had a tough week. I am waiting for an evalution to confirm if my 2 year old son has pdd-nos and the wait is horrible. I send my warmest wishes to you.
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April 5th, 2008, 09:09 AM
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Welcome. I'm just starting the evaluation process for Asperger's myself. This test that Crissy posted really helped me to realize that his combination of "odd" behaviors and rituals might be more than just a phase, and then I was able to research and research and research to help come to terms with it...

http://www.childbrain.com/pddassess.html
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April 5th, 2008, 11:20 AM
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Hello and welcome to the board.

So sorry to hear that your son has had a rough week at school and that you are facing the added stress of a probable new dx. The waiting is the hardest part. As your son is 8, you may want to ask the psychologist about a neuropsychological exam which is usually very in depth...sometimes a days worth of testing and sometimes its spread out over 2 or 3 day. For my dd her latest test was 8 hours. It gives you a good idea on their strengths and weaknesses and calculates the IQ scores. Here's a brief description
http://www.brainsource.com/nptests.htm
It can be helpful for accomodations at school as well.
Unfortunately, the wait to get in to a neuropsych can be long but if they can do it through the psychs office(or some of it), you many not have to wait so long. You can also sometimes get a psychologic eval done through the school but I'm usually wary of how in depth the school system's evals are. We did get a good eval done through the middle school but still had independent testing done to back it up.
I hope your son has a better week this week.
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April 9th, 2008, 09:39 PM
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Welcome. I'm just starting the evaluation process for Asperger's myself. This test that Crissy posted really helped me to realize that his combination of "odd" behaviors and rituals might be more than just a phase, and then I was able to research and research and research to help come to terms with it...

http://www.childbrain.com/pddassess.html[/b]
Ah, I was bout to post that Jess , you saved me copy/pasting the link
Welcome K&E's Mommy. I'm sorry your little guy is having such a hard time at school. I hope he is having a better week this week and that between now and his testing in May things go smoothly for you. My little guy is 4, not really in the school system, well he attends preschool at the elementary school, but that's not the same thing, I anticipate a lot of challenges when we do reach the point of him going to real school. What sort of difficulties is your son having that the school is suggesting might be signs of autism?

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