shesinthebarn ~ I think if my son were to be diagnosed today, he's be diagnosed as asperger. The prime difference between a high-functioning autistic and aspergers in diagnosis is the presence of a speech delay. My son had a 69% (11 month) speech delay at 18 months old, and was essentially completely non verbal until he was 3 and a half. Now he will talk your ear off, has an incredible vocabulary, and no trace of a delay, other than a slight, developmentally normal, interdental lisp. (/s/ and /z/ are difficult for him, and he pronounces /th/ as an /f/ - eg. THUMB becomes FUMB). He's a very bright and engaging child, and many people are shocked when they find out he's autistic.
sarahver ~ that practically sounds like it could be my son! *lol* I started him with hippotherapy and canine therapy at 14 months, and still heavily credit those to why he has made the incredible progress he has, and why for a disorder that is supposed to result in a lack of empathy, my son is a very empathetic child. My experience has been the driving motivator in getting myself NARHA certified as a therapeutic riding instructor, and spawned my long term dream of opening my own therapeutic riding facility!
Your example is exactly why I don't want to medicate. Yes, my son is hyper, but not all that much more greatly hyper than any active 6 year old boy. Yes he runs around outside, is richly imaginative, and doesn't sit in front of the TV all day - how is that a bad thing? He currently, at 6 years old, sleeps 14 hours a night average - he sleeps a LOT, and he sleeps heavy. If he was medicated, and tired all the time, when would I ever see him? he'd come home from school, and go straight to bed!
Delfina, thanks! My son was also born premature, but not by a large amount, and he was well developed for his gestational age when he was born. (5 weeks, 4 days early, but still 6 lbs 11 oz and 19 inches long. He had to be on oxygen and a breathing machine for the first 6 hours, and had trouble nursing in his early days, both other than that did very well. I was lucky.) He has developmental delays, but they all seem to be socially related, his academic skills are strong.
At the meeting with the school yesterday, while giving me my son's testing scores, his teacher started crying and said "he's my best student!". I was thinking she was going to miss him and actually warming to her a little, when the principal asked her was that going to mess up her class score, she nodded and he told her she will have to work extra hard with her class these last five weeks. It was then I realized that what she was actually crying about was, by losing Spencer, who was raising the bar on her whole class for her, her classroom testing scores were going to drop below average and she would be in trouble for end of the year testing. :roll:
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