Autism and Apraxia

Tiffany - posted on 08/20/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I was wanting some feed back and story's if anyone has been told their child must have Autism instead of Apraxia. Also, how many of your children "fall through the cracks" of the school systems because their receptive and cognitive levels are "too high" to qualify for any other services. I'm getting very frustrated and would love to here from others and how things have worked out for your children.

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Chantal - posted on 11/03/2009

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My daughter has autism and speech apraxia. She was diagnosed with autism just before she turned 2 (accurately, she clearly has autism). She has just turned 3 and is doing so well (according to her scores) that I had to fight for services for her! Because of the autism she has auditory processing disorder (she has a hard time with understanding what you are saying and often cries in frustration). The only reason she got services at all was because of her autism "diagnosis". Her cognitive levels as well were "too high" and she didn't even qualify for speech therapy, as her score was an 81 (one point less and she would have qualified). The standards for help are so low! I too am wondering how many kids "fall through the cracks". I pay out of pocket for speech and other therapies for her. A parent must be there child's best advocate. No one else seems to care.

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That is a battle I have fought and won! I knew my child was not autistic but because of his language problems ppl assumed he was. His pediatrician dx him with autism without discussing it with me which sent me through the roof. Long story short, we jumped through all the hoops and he was evaluated, tested, examined, genetic testing and he is not autistic. He does get speech therapy through the school system 2 times per week when school is in. I had to fight for that, but it is in place and he is doing well. I think you have to go with your gut, fight for what you believe is right and don't give up until you get what you need for your child. The school system has worked well with me but not before turning us away saying he is just fine with no speech problems. I told them I was appealing and they sang a different tune. When I call a meeting, they are prompt and eager to please. Know the laws and your rights and you can get the ball moving.

Good luck!

Breann - posted on 02/25/2010

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my was the other way around they said he has PDD which is a form of Autism then they say oh wait he has Apraxia me I think he has both! but since i'm not a doc noone will hear me out, urgh its so hard !

Melissa - posted on 02/22/2010

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I like Kathy have a son who is Apraxic. He did not talk til he was 3 1/2 and many misguided people assumed he was Autistic because of the lack of speech. He is now 5 years 3 months and doing well. He is in a regular Young 5's classroom here in Michigan (1/2 day every day) and doing well. He still receives speech services from the school district 1/2 hour per week. It drives me nuts that they are slowly fazing him out of speech, but he is doing well!

Kathy - posted on 02/17/2010

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This was a question I asked the doctor when my son was evaluated in the apraxia clinic at childrens hospital. She said that some children are autistic and some have apraxia and some have both. My son has a mild form of apraxia but no autism although there were several misguided people that asked me if my son was autistic becasue at two he was not speaking. Also his receptive language skills are higher.

A year ago he was non-verbal. At the end of January he was tested and this is what they concluded:

Adutory comprehesion 112 - age equivalent - 3 yr, 10 mo
Espressive communication 110 - age equivalent - 3 yr, 9 mo
Total Language 113 - age equivalent - 3 yr, 10 mo

yet on the Goldman Fristoe test of articulation he was at the 15%tile with an age equialency of 2 yr, 3mo.

Now Nik is 3 years and 5 months old and I thank God everyday that he continues to make good progress.

Gianna - posted on 11/07/2009

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It is quite possible to have both. My son has been denied services for not being "autistic enough". He has Apraxia and PDD-NOS, which is on the autism spectrum. It's kind of like a high-functioning autism. The regional center over here has a policy...in order to continue receiving services, he has to be diagnosed with full blown autism, not just on the spectrum. It's horrible that they had to make these changes and budget cuts.

My son also scored with higher receptive levels but that's typical for apraxic kids.

Connie - posted on 09/12/2009

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autisum, late blommer etc. what do you think what is your gut telling you. have your child tested for autisum. your child can have just apraxia go get a 2nd opinion i've had three it does'nt hurt it just take's time that's all. i have to say i did not let my son fall through the crack's u have to stay on top of the school system. my son goes to three different place's 3 day's at public school 2 of those half day's bc then we go to private speech therapy and the other 2 day's is at lsu pre-k for language disorder's. the public school system can only do so much for kid's with speacil need's my son only qualified for speech but he also need's the other therapies just so he dont fall behind to much in those area's.his level's were also normal so his private speech therapist gives it to him.i have alot to say so just snd a message to me if you would like to here more. thank's connie

Laurie - posted on 09/12/2009

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Apraxia is not uncommon in autism.My son 9 yrs old is downsyndrome and autism apraxia common in both.Your child could have Aspergers which is usually high function autism.I would take your concerns to a Developemental Pediatrician, oral motor therapy can do wonders for asd children. By that I mean going inside the childs and what we call waking up the senses.Most autistci kids also have some kind of sensory integration dysfunction also a topic to take a look at and seems to go with apraxia and autism.

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