Lindsay - posted on 04/21/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )
Hey guys, got a question. We had just had the diagnosis of PPD-NOS from the specialists that examined Mitchell. When telling us this, the head psychologist said that she didn't put Mitchell in the specific Asperger category because of one thing: he feels empathy for others. Every other "test" he passed for Asperger's....they all agreed!
So when I go to our pediatrician (who, I must say, is absolutely AWESOME!) to discuss further actions to take, he said we're just going to diagnose it as Asperger's. His reasoning is that Aspie kids all react in a different way, and there's no two aspie's alike. He said he could very well feel empathy for others and still have Asperger's. Is this right?
The ONLY reason this matters to me is explaining it all to teacher's, grandparents, etc, and to be able to specify things better on an IEP. Which btw, can you have an IEP drawn up to just get things like longer time on tests, warning before a schedule change, warning before time runs out, etc.? We were going to go with the 504 (or 509?? LOL!) plan, but he already has an IEP set up for his stuttering and speech services. So the specialists thought that it would be easier to just add on to that one. He doesn't need any academic help, just little changes I fear won't happen unless it's in a plan.
Sorry this is long guys!!