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Posted by AnotherMom on June 14, 2000 at 09:31:11:

In Reply to: Is this really autism? posted by Shari on May 23, 2000 at 09:54:38:

: My son developed normally with the exception of speech. Once we started looking for help with his speech then
: we kept being told all the other things he did looked like autism. He likes to play by himself, or at least
: struggles to make connections with others. He has excellent eye contact, is incredibly affectionate. The only
: things it seems now are his speech is still delayed by about 10 months or so, he flaps his hands periodically,
: and when there is a noise he doesn't like (vacuum, hair dryer) he covers his ears.
: He doesn't line things up, he doesn't insist on sameness or routine, he transitions from activity to activity like
: any 30 month old is willing to. My husband and I feel like the communication problems are the root to his
: limits in interaction, how can you play a game with someone when you don't know what they are saying
: to you? Just wondering if anyone else's child is in a similar boat, and what you are doing about it? We
: have seen pediatrician, ENT, neurologist, speech pathologist, OT, and he is enrolled in an early intervention
: program through our public school. Any ideas?

my son is diagnosed as adhd,speech delay,with regulatory disorder and anxiety.

some people will say that is a fancy name for PDD. others will say he can not be mildly autistic because he is so related, has strong symbolic play skills and makes peer relationships and true bonds. my question is does it really matter what is in a label. don't worry about the title because the most important thing you need to do is help your son learn and grow. i have turned to many people with autistic children because they are so unbelievably informed and caring. while my son does not bear a pdd title, he still has multiple problems and development delays. he is growing and learning everyday. i have him on tmg and cod liver oil and his language has tripled. keep looking and learning. good luck. Another mom


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