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What age was your child diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome?

Lisa - posted on 03/20/2010 ( 48 moms have responded )

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My son will be 17 in April. He was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome when he was in 5th grade. The elementary school always accommodated to issues in turn hiding problems from me. He missed out on great opportunities being diagnosed so late I feel.

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Darci - posted on 04/14/2010

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I'm so sorry to hear that you have problems with the school also! I really wish the schools were more informed and better equipped to handle children on the autism spectrum! Our children deserve to have the best resources without us having to yell to be heard!

Rebecca - posted on 04/10/2010

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goodness! Damian was 14 when he was diagnosed. When he was 3, I spoke to the pediatrician about him banging his head on the door to go to sleep and how when he was in the crib, he'd kick his leg to go to sleep. I worked in MH/MR field for years. I thought this was a tell tale sign. Pediatrician blew it off.



I fought and fought for years to get someone to listen to me and do a proper eval. I thought perhaps he had a learning disability. Even his 5th grade teacher argued with the higher ups to do a proper eval. It didn't do any good. When he was in 7th grade, they wanted to say he had adhd. I didn't buy it. But they set up a 504 plan with that diagnosis. I kept going with my gut. It took moving to this little town in the middle of farm country for things to change. :)



The school psychologist called me within two months after we moved here and said he didn't agree with Lebanon or Central Dauphin's findings or recommendations after looking at the reported issues. They wanted to do their eval and it was the first I'd heard someone suggest he had aspergers. Sure enough, when the eval came back that's what it said. Immediately, they put resources in place. They started the socialization group immediately.



I'm very very grateful we're up here and have a school with a wonderful alternative education team. They are really struggling to help the regular teachers understand, though. And this is where the biggest challenge is right now inside the school system.



Personally, my greatest challenge has been my family understanding. They don't. Typical denial. I hear things like, "Well, Damian is just really immature." Or, "He needs to get out and get a job and get responsible." (nevermind that communicating with ppl is a great hurdle we still need to overcome!) Or my personal favorite, "You just need to crack down on him and make him do..." And "there's nothing wrong with him. He's just lazy." (Um, I never said there was anything wrong with him. I said he has aspergers. That doesn't mean there's something wrong with him. sigh...)



I'm just grateful to not be so alone and grateful that his friends understand him and support him. I'm grateful for a diagnosis that finally explains things, even if it was so late.

Lisa - posted on 03/29/2010

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We are here for each other! This is the first time I have not felt alone since I have met all of you, it is a good feeling to know that I have support now! I have grown so much with my son and never regret one single day. My son was about 11 years old at diagnosis, I felt so many years were wasted because I was not informed. His child psychiatrist told me, “Look how far you have come without knowing and what a wonderful job you have done”. This will echo in my mind forever. Whether the diagnosis is at 2, 5, 9, or 11, look how far we have all come with helping our babies without knowing! I love being an Aspie Mom!

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Crystal - posted on 10/07/2013

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My son drew was 7 it has been less than a yr it's hard but now I understand why he has the outbursts that he can help

Sarah - posted on 11/07/2012

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My son was diagnosed when he was 5 but I knew long before that but didn't want to face reality so I buried my head in the sand but the diagnoses was a relief really as it explained so much how he was and I had a sense of relief that it wasn't just all in my head.

User - posted on 01/25/2012

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My son was just diagnosed with Aspergers at age 3yr. He is the youngest of four children. The school district has been great so far. He has started speech and socialization class. The IEP meeting was scary but I recommend going on line and getting educated before you attend a IEP meeting. Know your rights and be organized.

User - posted on 01/25/2012

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My son was just diagnosed with Aspergers at age 3yr. He is the youngest of four children. The school district has been great so far. He has started speech and socialization class. The IEP meeting was scary but I recommend going on line and getting educated before you attend a IEP meeting. Know your rights and be organized.

Jennifer - posted on 11/15/2011

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Laura, I have never met or talked to someone with a daughter who has AS. How did the docs miss it for 7 yrs??? How did you finally get her diagnosed? Did you have a feeling that she had it since birth? I'm just really curious since its very unusual for girls to be diagnosed.

Laura - posted on 11/15/2011

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7 years old here. My daughter got diagnosed June of 2011. Her new psychiatrist told me however that she has had it since she was born. It is so overwhelming and scary.

Jennifer - posted on 11/12/2011

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My son will be 17 in March & he got diagnosed at age 3. Lisa, try not to be beat yourself up 'cuz you think your son was diagnosed too late. I look back 13 yrs ago & there wasn't much info out there for AS kids....now there's tons & I think "if only my son had all that therapy, the resources, etc when he was diagnosed...1st, would he have gone thru all that bad stuff (mainly bullying) growing up & 2nd, what kind of kid would he be today"?? My son definately missed out on alot, even tho I looked all over the computer reading everything I could about AS, noone told me much about it. I HAD to convince his counselor to diagnose him with AS.

Courtney - posted on 11/11/2011

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My son has, but the way he reacts in these relationships is different than most kids do. My son is 5, but getting an IQ test bc they feel he is at least at a first grade level, he has always been very smart. As for friends, he has 2 close friends, but as i said, the relationship seems different than that in which i see in kids without AS.

Lisa - posted on 11/11/2011

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I am just researching this syndrome because I believe my son will be diagnosed with this in January when we finally get a pediatrician appointment! I have read a lot of information and I can relate to most of it. However, he seems very intelligent and his teacher does not see any academic problems. He also had a couple of really good friends and this seems contradictory to the information about social relationships. Have any of your children developed close friendships with other children?

Jennifer - posted on 08/03/2011

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My son was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome when he was nine years old, and in the fourth grade (April of 2010). I am trying to find out as much information as I can, so I can better understand how he functions.

Ashley - posted on 03/06/2011

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I just read some of the other responses about the schools and children with Aspergers. Mine has been in the Montesorri program since he was 3 yrs old and until recently we have done really well and not had a lot of problems. However, they now have very military style type principal. She has been what I call bullying my son. He wears a hoodie to school which is his safe place and she is aware of his situation. A few weeks ago she calls him out in front of all of his peers and says that his jacket is inappropriate and too big. She tells him he can not wear it to school anymore. It is NOT in the dress code that he can't. She did not send a letter home about it. I told him he could wear it. I am not taking away his safe place bc she doesn't want to accommodate him. So the next day he goes to school and she pulls him out of a school program to tell him again and this time she backed him up into a corner and he had an aspie fit and that is when she took him to the office and called me. Now .. I am NOT one to back down to confrontation particularly when it comes to my children. She said he was disrespectful and woudln't be still and his hands got all fidgity and he got loud. She told me he WOULD respect her and he WOULDNT do it again. I told her well he WILL do it again and you are bullying my child. Needless to say I ended up at the school with 2 advocates and a child metal health psychologist who is a friend of mine and the principal's! I was never told about the IEP and she told me i had refused to come in on several occasions Which was a bold face lie! She came into the meeting and started in on me. I let her know real fast this is not how we are going to accomplish things and she backed down. Now i am more active in the school and contact her ALL the time. Things are better now. You know I always thought it was the kids who were going to pick on Dalton and instead I felt at teh time it was the principal. Of course she had an excuse and reason for everything .. nothing I believed anyway. BUT Dalton is still wearing his hoodie adn we are seeing a counselor to help him transition into another jacket that we are having made with the beads in it instead of the vest because he has already said he doesn't want to look different. I am very thankful to my advocates who came to support my son and I in his school. The main director of the advocacy program son is autistic so she reallyl understood!

Ashley - posted on 03/06/2011

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I found out last September. I've known it for awhile .. well I knew my son was ADHD but after treated for that and having ADD myself and a whole family hsitory of ADD and ADHD I knew something else was going on. Its been hard but we are taking it day to day.

Stephanie - posted on 12/20/2010

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My Daughter....YES my EllyGirl, was officially diagnosed on paper, by an MD, about a month ago.
I knew from a young age she thought differently. She would line up stacking toys on the floor in order, by color. figurines were not played with but ordered by height in a row, and when I gave her a plate of carrots, and a cookie, she lined up all the carrots neatly, then ate around the circumference of the cookie nibbling all the way to thw middle. (she still eats circle food like that...cheeseburgers too.) I had many people, professional and not, ask me if I had her tested, but she was SO HIGHLY intellegent...not struggling at school academically or really even socially, until 3rd grade, so I didn't see the point of the label, but I had her tested, so we would have it for the school system. She came back a NO! they said mood disorder, and sensory intergration disorder, but no Aspergers.....half of me elated, I knew they were wrong.
Sensory integration disorder doesn't send you to play under the table at 9 years old when company comes over. :)
So with the help of an AWESOME pediatrician, we found someone else to send her back to and THIS developmental pediatrician saw things in her even I didn't see as Autistic. :) It's nice to have the diagnosis, and know I'm not crazy...or a mother who has "lost her touch"...I did good 2 times before, I just couldn't figure out WHY it want working with THIS ONE! I need to get some help for my older girls now..to help them understand their little sister. They are struggling with the fairness of all this. Any advice on how you help out the siblings?

Megan - posted on 11/14/2010

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My twins just got diagnosed back in June they are only 2 1/2 I am glad they got it so early. Because before the diagnosis I thought I was a bad mom. I was also afraid they were going to severely injure themselves between the head banging and the constant tantrums. I still wouldn't trade they for the world. I love my special little guys.

Crystal - posted on 04/15/2010

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My son was 3 when the first phychologist suggested aspergers. he sent us to western for more testing to confirm. they said it was too early to test him for that. so then the teachers said we think it is ADHD so we did testing for that and got that diagnosis. then we got sent up to grand rapids for more testing and they said ADHD, SAD, PDD-NOS, and a possibly bi-polar. then this year the teacher told me she thought he may have schizophrenic. that was the last straw for me I went out and found a very recommented psychiatrist and asked he for help. He looked over all DJ past tests and and comentary and talked with us for over an hour and told me that he did not see bipolar or schizophrenia at all and that it was definalty aspergers. the teacher are now working with us and we have a very good support system at the school for my son. it was a long 5 year road the the proper diagnosis but i am so glad that i finally finished that race now it is onto the next one learning how i can help my son be the best he can be. he is almost 8 now and so smart he is reading most of my college books and loves to learn about sharks. he is such a sweet child but he does have horrible meltdowns everyday. but i love my life and would not trade it for anything. my life is never boring with him and i love that.

Heather - posted on 04/14/2010

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My son has had an IEP since he was 4 years old... Until know all they told tell me is he had a "Specific Learning Disability" So that was what they classified him as.. No this year and the testing I had done on him they now have him as being on the autism spectrum.. He gets 12.5hours in special ED a week and 1 hour of speech therapy a week.. He does not get any OT or any of the other help. So hope I can get somewhere with this.. My school district is not very good either.. Parents here have to argue with them to get things done...

Darci - posted on 04/14/2010

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Just a quick FYI...If you get an IEP or specialized learning program set up for your child at their school, make sure the main reason for it is Aspergers! My son's school tried to pass it off as a "Specific Learning Disability" which limited a lot programs available to him. I figured it out and made them change it immediately! He still isn't getting nearly enough of the help that I think he should get, but at least I have something! And his school has a resource teacher who is, in the least, very pompous and rigid! She seriously has sat there and told me that she knows what my son needs more than I do! She even told me that if I ever pulled him out of school and decided to home school him with tutors that she would have a big problem with that and she would make a fuss! And that's the "Special Education" teacher! Sadly, the teachers and school districts themselves have very limited knowledge of the Autism Spectrum and their ignorance level is even worse! At least this school district in California is! Some days I wonder if I could do more for my son educationally if I did homeschool him! But, he needs the socialization...

Heather - posted on 04/14/2010

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Even the resource room teacher didn't understand the signs of autism.. And she should know I would hope... See they resource room teacher and regular classroom teach and my self did the Gars 2 questioniore and my score was Like 85 and their scores were like 45. Same with the questioniore one asbergers.. So I didn't like the results they came up with. So they said there is a better test that they can do that just came out called ADOS.. Which would give a better answer.. And that is when I got the answer that HE IS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM..He had every sign of it.. Where I live the school district is not good.. They don't follow the IEP laws and stuff like that.. Right now alot of parents are having issues.. and lawsuits are happening... I have a friend that Has a child with classic autism and she goes round and round with the school here... I believe all the teacher should be trained about autsim..

Rebecca - posted on 04/14/2010

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Very grateful that you didn't have to wait til he was older, Heather!

I'm thinking of approaching the school here and speaking with them about arranging for a quality, indepth inservice on it. I believe that will be super beneficial to the teachers and the students. As a teacher, it must be difficult to meet needs if you don't even understand what you're dealing with exactly. And perhaps that is where the gap lies. Most teachers are taught standard education, regular child development. They didn't major in special education. They majored in elementary education or whatever else they chose.

As more and more students in the regular school system fall under the autistic spectrum, I believe we as parents, need to be their voices and push for extra training for the teachers. It may wind up being the answer to quelling a great deal of frustration on all parties involved.

Heather - posted on 04/14/2010

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I totally agree with the teachers needing more training on the autism spectrum.. As the teachers here know nothing.. they didn't even know the signs of autism and what to look for..They had a professer come from a college to help do the ADOS test on my son...It was getting frustrating to me...Telling they teachers that I know he has more then a specfic learning problem.. But like I said finally got some answers and put the puzzle together... what a relief in a way..

Rebecca - posted on 04/11/2010

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I think people not listening is the most frustrating thing about it all. I'm sorry she treated you and your son that way, Darci. But once there's an accurate diagnosis, it does make a difference. It's a little easier to get the proper resources and interventions. Sometimes, depending on the school and other agencies you may still have to fight, but at least there's something to fight with. Our kids are sooo worth it!

Advocating is something I think we need more of. Inservices for teachers on this subject alone is something we should consider pushing for.

Darci - posted on 04/11/2010

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Before my son was diagnosed with Asperger's, I was told by several of his teachers that he was lazy and really immature. Two months before he was diagnosed I actually was confronted by his third grade teacher and she told me his problem was that he was extremely immature and that he was a manipulator! I filed a complaint with the school district but nothing came of it...she still teaches at that school and she still rolls her eyes at me when she sees me (I wasn't very nice to her when she said what she said to me). I've known since he was very young that something just wasn't right, and it took me til he was 8 yrs old before anyone would listen!

Darci - posted on 04/09/2010

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Shelise...I still feel that way some days! It's been over a year since my son's diagnosis, but I have days where I have taken a step back and thought, "WOW...does he really have Asperger's or am I just a bad mom?" And you know, I don't think there is one Aspie mom out there that hasn't had that thought at one time or another! But the truth is, we are GREAT moms! And one of the things that comes with being a mother of a child with Asperger's is finding patience! And trust me, my son tests me almost every single day! I wonder at night some times how I made it through the day without having a break down...and there have been days when I have locked myself in the bathroom for a few minutes to cry because I was the one who got overwhelmed! It's not a bad thing, know that! People who don't have a child with Asperger's or Autism will NEVER understand or know what you are going through, dealing with, etc. They are the ones with the problem if they look at you like you have one.

Shelise - posted on 04/09/2010

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Well, I wish I could say that I love being an Aspie Mom. We are just getting started with the process of Diagnosis. Some days I think that nothing is wrong, and I am just a bad Mom. Other days I know there has to be something. My son will be five in July and will start kindergarten in August. We are working with the school district now to get things in place before he starts school. But, it is a long process. And I am kind of nervous about him starting school, I am not sure that he is ready. But, part of me also says that he will never be as ready as a normal child because he is not normal. Anyway, I guess I just wanted to say thanks for all your comments, some scared me to think what is ahead but it was also very comforting to read the comments because it helped me to know that I am not the only one going through this. Some days it just seems like my friends look at me and think that I am the one with the problem. They just don't get it. Anyway, thanks. I will look forward to communicating more with this group.

Darci - posted on 03/29/2010

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My son has been sensitive to light and noise for as long as I can remember! He hates loud noises. Fireworks make him so scared he shakes! He covers his ears automatically when he thinks there's gonna be a loud noise! His eyes water just taking a picture!
Also...my son's school tried to tell me from the very beginning that he was also on the "young side" and "immature"...but I've known something was different since he was around 2 years old. He would literally line up his hotwheel cars in a perfectly straight line and then lay on the floor and move along side of it to make sure none of them were out of order!
He's also very sensitive! And the meltdowns! OMG! I always thought before that it was just him throwing tantrums, but I've learned that it's not! I can't believe how much of a learning process this is!

Darci - posted on 03/29/2010

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I also had to fight with the school to get an IEP for him. He was diagnosed with Asperger's, and the school tried to tell me it was more like Mental Retardation! Needless to say, they got quite an ear full from me (since anything that I really wanted to do could have landed me in jail for battery!) And it was the school's Special Education instructor who argued with the diagnosis! But now, everything is fine. He's got an active IEP, he's getting help with math and with the state testing exams. He's extremely proficient in reading and is far below grade level in math. I've heard that a lot of Aspie kids excel greatly in some areas and lack far below standards in others.

Darci - posted on 03/29/2010

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My son was diagnosed when he was 8. He's 9 now, and it's still a learning process for me!

Heather - posted on 03/23/2010

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Hello... I have gotten involved with Autism Speaks and getting ready to raise money Walk no for Autism Speaks... I am pretty excited ... Well my son is finally feeling better... How are you and your children? Oh boy my son had a small meltdown today outside.. So we had to come in...well hope to hear from you soon...

Heather - posted on 03/22/2010

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My son meltdowns are crying and and very bad attitude.. He does sometime throw things and hits himself.. I usually put him in time out and that works for me.. But there is days believe me.... I will keep him away from rallies... Thank you... I will have to check into the gym class... My son misses out on alot of activities that his regular classmates get to do... which really upsets me.. he has missed field trips and special things that just ain't fair to him.... i believe that bookbag could weigh that much very possible...LOL that is kinda funny that he just asked you about the bathroom door...

Lisa - posted on 03/22/2010

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I still have a huge split down my bathroom door in the middle from one of my son’s last fits of rage! What is funny is now over 6 years later he looked at me the other week and asked me what it came from and I told him it was him kicking and he said that he could not have possibly did that! From what I understand is the temper tantrums come from all of the stress that they go through during the day and it all adds up. In the comfort of their own home is where they feel safest to have their meltdowns. Lucky us! Gosh those times were trying and I will keep you in my prayers! I tried begging, I tried crying (it was hard not too), I tried a swat on the behind too, I tried to hold him, I tried to ignore him, I even called the police on him one time!! We live in a small borough and they sent someone out happily. The screaming stopped and he made Joshua promise that he would calm down and then handed him a trading card (like a baseball card) with his picture on it! Nothing ever changed it but his age.
Stay away from pep rallies! Trust me… I bet if you dig into it you might find out that gym class is a “district policy” and is not necessary for them to pass… it stunned me too to find it out when he entered high school.. I pushed for adaptive gym other years because they have an indoor swimming pool. I couldn’t even imagine my son ever being organized enough to change his clothing at school with a limited amount of time! My son also has never seen the inside of a locker. He can’t process transition so between the school bells he carries his 75lb (I over exaggerate but not by much!) back pack everywhere he goes!

Heather - posted on 03/22/2010

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As of right now the elem. schools don't have any prep rallies... when he hits middle school then I think they do... My son is very senstive to loud noices too... He usually plugs his ears... He also isn't a big fan of being around alot of people... Also my son will not sleepin his own bed because he is scared.. he sees and hears things in his sleep.. So neatless to say he just sleep in my room... not sure how to break him of that... Is Chapter 15 like the resource room or ? I know that every state is different... I am from South Dakota.... Here we have Transition 1 and resource room... I would be upset to if my child had to go to a community college first.. I know it is the law in South Dakota that a must have gym.. And how could they even think about taking away his lunch that is not right at all...but at least the high school seems to be better for him correct? My son hasn't been checked for ADHD or any of that yet.. can't get in to that dr. till June... a very long wait...

Erin - posted on 03/22/2010

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we used to be around him when he was having his tantrums but becuase we ended up being hurt we no longer do that. He goes to his room and has his melt down and can go on for what feels like forever! usually he will fall asleep after...we too are exhausted just listening and amazed that he can go on like that for so long. The strength he has when he is angry is mind boggling. hes 52 pounds soaking wet if hes lucky but when hes in a mood he can toss his buruea around!! The tantrums were my first indication that something was not right. those started back in 2008 before anything else, out of the blue.

Lisa - posted on 03/22/2010

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Joshua used to have up to 3 hour temper tantrums until 5th grade! They abruptly stopped one day, thank God..

One day at a time!! Oh yes, I agree!!

Erin - posted on 03/22/2010

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My son was diagnosed a few months back. he is 8 1/2. Ive known something was wrong since kindergarden and the schools kept telling me its because he is on the young side. they fought me to do testing in Kindergarden and again in first grade but i stood my ground. After testing again in Second Grade I was not satisfied with the findings from the school and went to our Pediatrician who referred us a neurologist. Within that time he was diagnosed as ADHD and consequently put on meds (medadate) (This was July 2008). Seemed to help for a while and was doing a little better at school and home. around December of 2008 my son started to have increase in tantrums and anger outburts. Neurologist added another med (depakote and changed the medadate to adderall) BIG BIG change. became overly aggressive to the point of bullying another kid at school to which is definitely not characteristic of my son, actually the other way around! stopped the depakote immediately and continued with adderall until next appt. FEB 09 he was switched to prozac and adderall. school became a nightmare, was getting calls from his teacher and principal almost daily of behaviors bad and odd. May of 2009 He was hospitalized in a child assessment unit (psych ward) after a tantrum that left him hurting himself and hurting his dad and me. He was diagnosed with mood disorder (bipolar) ( His bio mom is bipolar ) while in the hospital but they felt that while he was highly impulsive and had a very high pain tolerance level they did not feel he was adhd and took him off the adderall. Wonderful. also diagnosed with anxiety disorder and PTSD from when he lived with his bio mom Upon return home, much of the same. Could not concentrate, disorganized.

Third grade this year! another core testing done via the school this time we had an educational advocate involved. While the school agrees that there are some issues they didnt feel he was eligible for an IEP though he was failing almost all classes and was far behind in Math. they made accomodations to help him with his emotional issues. since the hopitalization we now see a psychiatrist who diagnosed him as Aspergers, and now finally have an IEP inplace. its a daily struggle. the battles are many the stress in unbelievable. Tantrum (meltdowns) are exhausting. almost 9 and cannot be given too much independence. give an inch he will take a mile. Good kid but lies and truly believes he doesnt do things. and oh yea to boot he hears voices too. SOMETHING else i have been saying for years. that he has conversations with himself. everyone kept telling us it was play talking and i told them NO this was different. EVEN the therapist thought i was nuts to say it until my son told her himself!

one day at a time is my motto.

Lisa - posted on 03/22/2010

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At first the school told me my son didn’t qualify for an IEP that he only qualified for a “chapter 15” for handicap students I ran with it. The last time he had regular gym class was 5th grade, he has been in adaptive. Once he entered middle school and high school he then was given an IEP finally! In high school they can bend and adapt and they have for me. They didn’t even give him a gym class at all last year because it didn’t fit into his schedule and they tried to not give him a lunch but I made them squeeze it in there. I thought by law that they had to have gym every year and the school told me no, it was a district policy and that his graduation is contingent upon his IEP not district policy which was awesome! One thing that does make me highly mad at them is that he was college bound with his studies but they discouraged it because of the mass of homework, now in 11th grade they only have him in college prep history.. now he will have to attend community college for 2 years prior to college if he chooses to go! I am very upset about that! He is on a reading level of about 9th grade because he lacks comprehension, this is where he falls behind greatly.
He was also diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder, ADHD and Tourrettes Syndrome but none of these showed after he made it to his teen years, its almost like he outgrew them all but for Aspergers! Oh also, he was finally given a “socialization class” since high school and that is rather odd to what my idea of socialization class idea was. They sit there and just talk about topics. They have a field trip coming up to go bowling too!
Before I forget this too I wanted to tell you!! Make sure that they school does not make your son go to any pep rallies! They are too LOUD!!!! My son’s district is a massive sports district and they have pep rallies all the time, they let my son go to the library to do research during this time so he doesn’t get overwhelmed by the crowd and noise factor!!

Heather - posted on 03/22/2010

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My son has been in the special ed. classroom since he has been 4years old.... first he was half days at headstart and half day at transition 1, then Jr. k and Transition 1 , Then kindergarden and Transition 1, then 1st grade ans resource room, now he is in 2nd grade and resource room... My son is functioning at a 7 year old level.. He is 2 years behind...So I have been dealing wiht IEP for awhile... But they alway told it is just a (Specfic Learning Disibilty) nothing else.. Until I started doing some research and requested more testing to be done ... But It took me 9 years....So now I have the missing pieces to the puzzle(Some Answers) I will find Linkdin and add you... I will not back down now from the school... I will fight all the way.....Thank you

Lisa - posted on 03/22/2010

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Don’t ever back down from the school! Your son is now eligible for an IEP (Individualize Education Plan) this can help him with things such as extra tutoring and timed tests! You can even have them modify tests like multiple choice for him or have him take his test in a quiet room! There are so many things you can do now! I even made my son’s school warn him the morning of fire drills because of the noise!!! Never let the school pretend that they are the boss, you are! There is also a website called Linkdin that has an Autism support group and sometimes they have great conversations, not quite like on here with Circle of Moms but you might be able to get some information from there as well.. You can find me on there and add me!

Heather - posted on 03/22/2010

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The school that my son goes to is not trained very well with children that have Asberger/autism... The town that I live in the schools are horrible with this... The school was trying to make me feel stupid when they did the the Gars 2 questioniare.. Because my score was high which meant he Has Asbergers and they teachers score was low which meant very unlikely.... And this is what they told me (we are on a schedule here )so we don't see him as having Autism/Asbergers... But we will do a ADOS testing which is more trustworthy and better... Well I felt relieved when the autism team which is from a college that trains people to teach people how to do testing on Autism/Asbergers... they did the testing saw the same things as I do (Asbergers),,, My son gets 12.5 hours in the resource room a week and 1 hours of speech and language a week... Thank you on the compliment on my son... Your Daughter is sooo cute and your son is Handsome!!!!!

Lisa - posted on 03/21/2010

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School can be so difficult to deal with! When my son was diagnosed I was told he was 1 of 2 children with the diagnosis. They had nothing to offer him back then. I hope that things are changed now and they are starting to offer more and more things! Your son is so handsome!! My profile picture is my son Joshua and also my little 6 month old daughter Vivianna..

Heather - posted on 03/21/2010

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I found out when my son was 9 years old... I had to go through alot to get the testing done and the school to listen... But anyway I fiqured it out.... my profile pic. is of my son...

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