Jane - posted on 03/19/2012 ( 16 moms have responded )
My son will be 13 in May. Due to issues he had last year he was sent to a counsellor who eventually suggested he may be on the autistic spectrum. Now, I know we are all on the spectrum somewhere, but he does have some idiosyncrasies that are really not 'normal' for a child of his age, such as:
No empathy for others - e.g. his class were made to watch a video of famine in India with starving children which upset many of his peers. When asked what he thought, he replied 'if they can't afford to feed the kids they shouldn't have them'.
Strange habits/routines - e.g. he can't bear food to touch each other so has to have each item of food on separate plates; he has to have a book CD and a fan on (no matter the weather) to be able to get to sleep; he can't bear having his nails or hair cut (never has so not just a teen thing!)
Can do maths problems without actually understanding how he did them - like his brain just works them out without him thinking! He also has an almost photographic memory and brilliant recall - making him too intelligent for his own good at times.
Anyway, he's due for his full assessment tomorrow (20th March 2012) and I wondered if anyone else has ever had a child assessed as autistic this late and what it really meant for them.