Michelle - posted on 08/12/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
Hi. My name is Michelle. My husband and I are raising my great nephew ( we consider him our son and he only knows us as his parents). Anyhow, he is diagnosed PDD-NOS. I am a bit confused as to whether this is part autism or not. Some say it is, while others say it isn't.
Right now, my biggest concern is his behavior and lack of sleep. The doctor has him on a liquid sleep medince along with melatonin. But this is not working. I don't know how much more I can take from lack of sleep :(
As for his behavior, I am not even sure where to begin. He bites himself. We got him a set of teething rings, but he still continues to bite himself. He's constantly throwing "fits", screaming at the top of his lungs, stomping his feet, and the list goes on. This is so bad that we pretty much confine ourselves to the house, unless we really have to go out.
He loses toys and privelges(?) when he "acts" up, which usually makes the "fits" worse, but he eventually does settle down.
Is his behavior part of the PDD-NOS or is it a possibility that there is more to it?