Jacqui - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
I'd love to hear from others with teens... esp late diagnosed. We have struggled with Jacob since the beginning. Never slept, totally without caution or common sense, would invite total strangers home, no friends, fine motor skills issues, obsessive behavior...
First it was ADHD, then they added in LDs, then a private assessment indicated NVLD. Continuing problems took us to the hospital's mental health - and after waiting a year to get in, they suggested Aspergers - so now we wait another year to get in for an assessment - maybe this summer we will get answers.
The therapist he sees is looking into whether his 'significant cognitive delays' are actually because of Aspergers or really 'delays'? He said that Jacob's room looks like a 10yr olds rather than a 15yr old - that he seems to be acting more like a 10yr old trapped in a 15 yr old's body.
Jacob is getting harder and harder to deal with - hard to know what is just teen angst and what is his various disorders.
On top of that, I have a typical 10yr old daughter and a 7yr old son - the younger son is copying much of his brother's behavior - we think. Hard to pick out what is imitiation and what might be his own issues. 7yr old was assessed for autism at age 3 due to lack of speech and weird eating patterns (restricted repetitive foods - dry cereal, crackers, brand specific) but seems socially 'normal' at this point.... still with a mild speech delay. They said no to autism but he has 'apraxia of speech' as a 'cause'. We have had no help with feeding issues but did get speech therapy.