in need of help and advice urgently please

Lucy - posted on 09/06/2012 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Hello, Im new to circle of moms.

Im from Australia. I have a 2yr old boy an a 9mth old boy.

Im getting concerned for my 2yr old (who only turned 2 last week).

He is super advanced in his vocab and talk in big sentences.

He is incredibly obsessed with order and sequences.

He knows all colours and can count to 10 easily

He gets stressed and he has big outburst alot an they occur when he cannot get something in order/sequences.

He seperates colours and shapes.

He obsesses over things and totally zones out from everything else.

Has very bad hearing when he is doing an activity

He will continually talk over you about his obsession.

He is more interested in objects than people, therefore interaction with strangers is incredibly difficult.

He talk so quickly, that he is how developing a stutter.

He has a bunny toy that no one else is allowed to have.

He has an acive mind and night and has trouble sleeping.

He doesnt like strangers.

He had an excellent memory and picks things up without repitition.

He has set ways and its incredibly hard to change them.



The list is endless

Is this asbergers?

Please help



Lucy

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Kristin - posted on 09/07/2012

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It could be Asperger's. I found Tony Attwood's The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome was a great resource. And it includes a checklist so you can decide if you need to push further for a diagnosis. Check at your local library, they may have a copy you can borrow. http://www.tonyattwood.com.au/



If you feel there is something different about your son, then keep pushing, change doctors if you have to. I knew there was something different about my son when he was 3, but he wasn't diagnosed until he was 12 because the doctors kept telling me there was nothing wrong with him, and I kept ignoring my mother's instinct and believed them. Follow your instincts, you know your child better than any doctor ever will.

Lisa - posted on 09/07/2012

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I think you could start getting him evaluated right now. I wish we had started earlier.

Katherine - posted on 09/06/2012

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It could be that he just has OCD. The only way to know is to have him evaluated. I'm not sure he's old enough yet....

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Katrina - posted on 09/09/2012

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Hi Lucy, my son goes into his own world at times but I think alot of kids do that, ASD or not. However, I think these kids go to a whole new level of concentration when it comes to their special interests. Early Intervention has been proven time and time again, however the best time is totally up to you. Friends of ours had their son tested when he was 2 and was diagnosed with Evolving Autism. Another friends son was diagnosed with Autism at 2 and now at 4 n half they think it may be Aspergers. So people can get diagnosis and help even when their little one is so young - maybe not everyone though. Alot of the paediatricians are closing their books for appointments til next year now anyway (in Brizzy they are anyway), so you may not get an appointment for a few months in any case. I think that's a decision only you guys can make - as for when to go. I think I would start the process straight away, mainly because I have seen the diference the extra help has made in my son. Hope some of that helps.

Lucy - posted on 09/09/2012

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do your children with asbergers zone out really easily and seem to be in their own world.a.lot or is that just normal kid behaviour. do you think im best waiting til he is three or trying to do spmething now

Katrina - posted on 09/08/2012

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Hi Lucy. My son is almost 4 and diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome earlier in the year. He has similar symptoms to what you have described. We are in Queesland, so we go through "Autism Queensland" but you can get info from the one in your state. They have websites, and you can also email or call them. They run workshops for parents and extended family if/when you get diagnosis. In the meantime, you can access their playgroups even without a diagnosis. I would suggest getting an appointment with your regular family doctor to get a referral for a paediatrician. He may still be too young for diagnosis (I don't know cuz I'm not a specialist), but at least you may get an idea of what you may be facing or the paediatrician may be able to reccommend specialists to help your son cope with things, or help with any other things that you may be concerned about. If it worries you enough, I would get it checked out. You know him best. Best of luck

Annette - posted on 09/07/2012

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We noticed around two and a half, he had a small seizure, they think..but he was not talking at 2 and a half and was lining up toys...complete opposite now he is 5 with early intervention he is now very verbal, probably only a year behind in speech, no more seizures other than the first and very little autistic behaviors...he is on the spectrum but pretty high functioning.does need an aide at school.

Judy - posted on 09/07/2012

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Before he was two, I knew he was different from my other kids (he's the youngest of nine) and from the other kids in preschool. I live in California, USA, and we've had really good services for him...help with speech problems, handwriting, fine motor difficulties, social skills (he's not always age-appropriate and way too lacking in tact) and other issues.

Lucy - posted on 09/07/2012

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thanks guys. we live in sa so im not sure if the system would be the same as qld or not. what age did you recognise your son was a bit different to the other kids. my sons only just turned two last week but im just so worried because hes just so different to other two year olds.

i just need to know either way, its just so hard not knowing.

Annette - posted on 09/07/2012

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See your local gp and get a referral to a pediatrician, only way to really know. Our son in aus was diagnosed on the aurtism spectrum at the age of early 3. Where do you live in aus, as it's different each state, we got diagnosed in qld by pediatrician and the diagnosis was recognized in wa. Good luck, best thing is early diagnosis so you can get the right support. Check out "my time" in your state , gives parents support in group sessions with other parents, don't have to have diagnosis right away.

Judy - posted on 09/07/2012

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If your son does have Asperger's, he may have a very strong sense of smell, and hearing. My son also was (and still is) very sensitive to touch, and some clothing really bothers him ... He says some clothes are "too scratchy". When he was very young, he kept taking all his clothes off! Sometimes this was funny, sometimes very embarrassing! At least now he keeps his clothes on, but he'll wear his shirts inside out and his pants backwards, just doesn't seem to matter to him. And he doesn't care if his shoes match, or his socks.

By the way, some of the test aren't accurate until a child is at least four. Trust your instincts, be patient, and everything will be fine. Our very bright, very careful guys have a lot to offer the world. The world was a scary place for my boy for a long time, but he has some really wonderful talents (you should hear him play the guitar) and he's learned that it's ok to be different. By the way, kids who get to know him find out he's the most loyal friend anyone could ever ask for.

Lucy - posted on 09/07/2012

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thankyou Judy. i did take him to the doctors yesterday an apparentely he is as intelligent as a 4 yr old but the doc didnt say anything else, he wont test him til he is 3. But reading your post about your son was eye opening, my little man also has night terrors ( not ever night though) and hes horrendous when it comes to food. he has to have exactly the same stuff, wont even acknowledge anything different - even if it looks the same but isnt his normal stuff then he wont touch it - i dont know how he figures out its not the same!

i just dont know what to do

Judy - posted on 09/07/2012

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Lucy, my son is almost 16 and was diagnosed with Asperger's at age four. Many of the symptoms you describe were evident at age two, including terrible night terrors and very strange attitudes about food. Many counselors and lots of love and trial and error on our part has seen him become a great young man. Socially, he is closer to age 10, but intellectually he is above grade level. His life skills aren't the best (he'd wear the same dirty socks every day, if allowed, for example), but he is learning more every day. He had a hard time in public school, but he's flourishing in a private school with small classes. Raising this boy has been one of the hardest jobs I've ever had, but also one of the most rewarding. He couldn't tie his shoes until he was 13, but the look of pure joy on his face once he learned was priceless! Best of luck to you, talk to his doctor, and know that special children are only given to very special moms.

Lucy - posted on 09/06/2012

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thankyou for your input.

what is the ideal age for testing for asbergers? as he is now only 2, what signs/symptoms should i keep an eye out for?

same for OCD, what to test and signs?



im so worried because i know something is going on with him but i just dont know what!



thankyou

lucy

Lisa - posted on 09/06/2012

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I agree with Katherine. It could be Asperger Syndrome but it also might be Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - they are often both present. I'm not sure how you would get him assessed in Australia but for us, the process started when my son was 3.5 and we requested a referral to a pediatrician (in Canada you only see specialists for problems). She felt he was definitely AS or high functioning Autism as Asperger Syndrome will be called on the new diagnostic next year.



Then, we saw a psychiatrist who made a recommendation for him to be evaluated by our gov't. agency.



So, first step is to go see your family doctor or pediatrician.

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