Genetic Testing

Liz - posted on 09/23/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any thoughts on genetic testing? I have twin boys with developmental delay. One of the boys was also diagnosed with Autism (low to moderate) At the time of the neurological eval it was suggested we get genetic testing done. I've done a ton of research online about it, and sounds like it could be a waste of time. My boys will be 3 in October. I'm not too concerned with their development becouse they are progressing more and more everyday. They recieve the therapy they need and just seem like happy little boys. Not sure if I really want to put them through testing. Any thoughts?

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Caroline - posted on 09/25/2009

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We did all the blood work for genetic testing - took 3 of us to hold my son, then 3, down and pretty much drain him of blood. And it showed absolutely nothing even though I think there is a genetic component - I really don't think any research has progressed that far. Then we got a bill for $3K that ended up being a big fight in our household. Save your money and sanity for OT and helpful rec activities.

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Ericka - posted on 10/13/2009

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Hello,

My son 11 just had a genetic testing done also testing for food alergy. His test came back positive with x chromosome duplacation. which basicly means he is mentaly retarted (cognitive impaired) which we already knew along with ADHD, OCD, and many others. We will be seeing a genetic counsler just to hear what he has to say. They want me tested although I declined cause he was our last do not plan on anymore. So why should I get tested to see if I was a carrier. Just so I can blame myself again. But my girls ages 15 and 14 want to be tested. Although not saying that will stop there future of children. I do think it is a waste to a point. If your looking for answers to where it came from then I guess sure. But not sure what help it really gives. Cause there is no cure. But my son is a happy and pretty healthy young man. But if you are getting so much done with therapy I would just go with that. Cause it is all so expensive.

Good luck and God Bless You and Your Family!

Nicole - posted on 09/27/2009

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Hello.
Our daughter has "gross motor delay", so were looking into it trying to pin-point her DNA. We have done MRI's and other test that have showed us nothing. So... we might do it to further our knowledge on Scarlette, and for future children we would like to have.

Liz - posted on 09/24/2009

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thank you! It just all seems like a waste of time, I agree. Good luck with your son, but honestly if he's receiving all the therapy and he's progressing, you really can't ask for more than that. Good luck!

Lisa - posted on 09/23/2009

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Hi Liz. My son who is 2 1/2 sees a geneticist and with all the tests we had to get done we would have thought they would have showed something, but they didn't. We have a geneticist appointment coming up, but I'm thinking about cancelling it because we already have therapists and a sleep study to do and then Riley hospital. If your concerned about things still i would talk to your family physician, or if its neurological problems, maybe the doctor could refer you to them. So on this end were still trying to find out a diagnosis like Autism or something else for my son. Hope this helps you!!

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