Charlotte - posted on 10/07/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
I am sort of hijacking the 'Girls with Aspergers' thread, as I just finished reading all of the responses with great interest. My almost 6 year old daughter has just been officially diagnosed with ADHD and "possibly PDD-NOS" but the psych. is still not sure. I am just starting the process of learning all that I can about Autism spectrum disorders. What struck me in the previous thread was how many of you mention that your daughters are somewhat social (or want to be) and engaging.
My daughter has been evaluated by Neurologists, Pediatricians, phsychologists etc and each time they have told me that she is much too engaging to be on the Autism spectrum and they have decided that she must have ADHD. I do agree with the ADHD diagnosis, but since she has been an infant I have always felt that there was something else going on with her. She is very social, but awkwardly so, she is very immature for her age and seems lost a lot of the time, she also displays some unusual behaviors that I don't think are ADHD related (drinking out of dog bowl, running naked down the street- yikes).
I am very familiar with ADHD as I have it myself, but there just seems to be more than ADHD going on with my daughter.
Anyway, I am just wondering if any of you could explain to me what some of the common characteristics are in a girl with Aspergers. Could you explain if Aspergers might look like ADHD in a girl and what are the behaviors/issues that your daughter has that would warrant an Aspergers diagnosis as opposed to a more general spectrum diagnosis?
Hope I am not being too pushy, but I have spent close to 6 years trying to find ways to help my daughter and an ADHD with 'maybe PDD-NOS' quasi diagnosis is just not good enough anymore, she just started Kindergarten and has been on 6 different types of ADHD stimulants all with bad mood lability or other side effects (perhaps they don't work on her because she doesn't have ADHD afterall?)
Thanks so much.