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Old 04-12-2008, 08:57 PM   #1
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My five year old son has always been a little different. Some things are hard to put a finger on. When he is excited or nervous, he waves his arms in the air or moves his fingers rapidly, while looking up and moving his feet around. It lasts a short time and then it is over. He gets frustrated easily and is starting to cry more easily too. He is also becoming more nervous in group settings and interacting less with the kids in his preschool class. He has a hard time sitting still sometimes, but other times his attention is kept on a task/show/activity for long periods of time. He is very smart, remembers everything and is starting to read and ask questions about how things are spelled and what words mean, etc. He hops and jumps around often, and now we have to remind him to stop and slow down. Over the past few weeks, I find myself crying so often and grieving that he will never be normal, and I feel so bad for him. We are getting a neuropsychological eval next month, and I am so afraid to hear what they have to say. What does "classified" mean? People keep mentioning this, and I am afraid it means bad things. Sorry to go on, but any advice is much appreciated.

 
Old 04-12-2008, 09:16 PM   #2
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Re: New with questions

Rock,

Being classified is the same as being labeled--grouping your child's symptoms together to form a diagnosis and give you a name for his problems. What are you expecting to find out at the evaluation? Do you think your son may have autism? It's hard to tell from your post because you mentioned your son reads and asks questions. Kids with Asperger's can act the way you described your son, but there are so many things for the neuropsych to consider that it could be something totally different. Does your son have special interests that take up a lot of his attention? When he talks, what is his speech like? Is it like other kids his age or more grown up?

Sorry to be nosy, but I have a son with high functioning autism and have worked with kids with Asperger Syndrome, so I know the drill. You could go onto sites relating to those issues and see if any of them fit your son's situation. It's not a diagnostic tool, but it could give you some options to explore so you can find additional info. Good luck!

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Old 04-13-2008, 06:29 AM   #3
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Re: New with questions

I am not sure what I think he has, it is all so new to us. I am wondering if it is an anxiety disorder and/or add, rather than autism, but I am not sure if he has asd either. Has anyone seen symptoms like this?

 
Old 04-13-2008, 04:46 PM   #4
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Re: New with questions

Don't assume the worst at all. It could be sensory issues without the typical autistic problems. Austism typically involves not socializing, not talking, temper tantrums, not able to be potty trained, etc.

The condition I am talking about is called SID and is in a category all its own. It is no fun. But there is help, but it may go on for years.
If it is SID you will have OT therapy ahead of you. Not forever, tho. It has to be treated if he is going to be able to go to school and sit in class and pay attention. It is not ADD or ADHD. Look it up and see if your child fits the pattern. It is misdiagnosed as autism or ADD constantly.


Many things could be going on. that is why they now call it the spectrum. I would have hearing and vision checked and also muscle tone.

Good luck. But he probably has some therapy ahead of him. Don't panic, help is out there.

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Old 04-14-2008, 08:08 AM   #5
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Re: New with questions

Hiya, Have been there done that t shirt crying etc, what you ahve to do is look at the best side of whatever talent your son has, and boy he sounds like he has so many talents. To a degree he sounds like a normal 5 yr old what 5yr old does not need reminding to slow down etc. Being given a classification also does not mean all doom and gloom it means doors should get opened easier to acess the help your son may or may not need in life and you may or may not need aswell i mean support.
If your son has that much understanding to the world aswhat you ahve said i would not be owrrying half as much as the levle he has a 5 with or without autism is fab
stay stong K xxxx

 
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