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Old 03-17-2011, 04:20 PM   #1
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Soon to test son for Asperger's

My son, Ryan, is eight-years-old and after attempting to homeschool him for a few years (and really frustrated) we decided to temporarily place him in the local public school and get him some help and try to figure out what was going on with him. Asperger's wasn't even on my radar until recently. My son was diagnosed with hydrocephalus right before he turned one. He had brain surgery using a newer method (with a balloon) to create a small hole to drain out the excess fluid. Since then he's been delayed especially in speech.

He has sensory issues--he especially reacts to lights and sounds. He doesn't do changes very well and is prone to temper tantrums or going into the corners and refusing to do anything. He'll refuse to get on the bus, or come in from recess. He has a huge obsession with the dragons from How to Train Your Dragon--talks about it incessantly and is always drawing them. He talks loudly. Academically he is more on the level of a K-1st grade. His behavior has always been bizzare, he's active, makes a lot of motions with his hands and sometimes just gets out of control. He gets along well with his bro and sis but is socially awkward and other kids tend to ignore him unless they are much younger and so he is more on their level. It was really hard to teach him. He gets distracted easily and would rather talk about Dragons. He cannot answer why questions or talk and think on a more complex level (for his age)

I'm supposed to go in to meet with the school psychologist next week and start with a short behavioral questionaire (his teacher will also fill out one) and then we'll see if it meets the criteria for further testing for Asperger's (the school psychologist was trained by one of the hospital's here to do such testing)

I'm not a very patient mom and this whole ordeal has been very trying. I just want some answers so I can know how to best deal and to eventually know how I can teach him at home again.

Thanks for listening!


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Old 03-17-2011, 09:31 PM   #2
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Re: Soon to test son for Asperger's

Hi there,
It is a good thing that the school district is going to evaluate him. You can also have him evaluated by a child neuro, a child psycholigist . Look into A local regional center , Because they serve families with children who have developmental delays, also will do a Evaluation and testing that only a specialist can provide. Such as a child Neuropsycholist. my son had a diagnoses at age 4. Then was re diagnosed in 09 through the regional center. The neuro came from a different city and county to do the evaluation and it was all free. His diagnoses is still autism with IQ scores in the very low range. Although he is verbal, he does many of the same behaviors your son does. He is just older, so his interests are movies, dates of actors, dates of when people are born, and he is always correct. His mannerism's still are there, but the stemming behavios have lessened. Such as hand flapping, spinning around in circles , and jumping up and down. My son is 17. more like a 10-12 your old. maybe.
He goes to a special day class. Which these teachers are specifically trained for.
If your child does recieve a autistic spectrum disorder diagnoses, always go outside the schol district for a second opinion. Your child will be eligible for more specialized services to help him more directly in smaller sized classrooms. speech therapy and anything that he needs to provide him with the least restricted enviroment. I honestly think that home schooling a ASD child will be extremely difficult. Those are just my thoughts. However, you know your child best.

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