Kristin - posted on 12/25/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )
My son is five and he has been seeing a therapist regularly since he was three because he was kicked out of daycare. From that time until now he's been kicked out of two other daycare centers. Right before his fourth birthday, he started going to an in-home care provider, and she has been his caregiver ever since.
He was diagnosed with ADHD and ODD after a psychological evaluation about six months ago, however he is not prescribed anything at this time. He is pretty hyper active, and inattentive, which is expected, and exhibits somewhat defiant behavior at times (also expected of course). However, his therapist told me that he might also have Aspergers.
The reason he didn't do well in the daycare centers is because he did not get along with many of the other kids. He also tended to act out negatively to get attention when the full class was there. His best days were always when a large portion of the group was absent. Now that he is with the in-home care provider, he does a lot better, but there isn't more than five other kids with hi at any given time, and he does try to socialize, but he doesn't seem to know the proper manners and actions in a social settings, and when other kids react negatively towards him, he tends to get physical.
He also makes noises a lot, sometimes incessantly and will even switch noises when told to stop. He also tends to use a more complex word when speaking, for example, his father and I aren't together, and he told him on the phone one day, "Mommy and I were having a conversation the other day, and we were discussing the possibility that I might come to live with you down there for a little bit."
I looked up Aspergers after his therapist told me about it and I realized that these behaviors seemed to match a few of the Aspergers symptoms. I'm not sure about his vocabulary though. I tend to use more complex words, and I never dumbed down my word usage with him. He also exhibits signs of possibly advanced intellectual capacity. However when I attempt to get him to demonstrate his knowledge, he will dance around the answer, give me the wrong one, or say, "I don't know can you tell me?" Yet after I give up, he'll tell me the correct one. He has a Leapster 2 and a Tag, and I thought he wasn't doing well with it. He would always say it was too hard and he looked like he wasn't doing anything with the toys.However, when I went to the learning path, which shows skill by skill what he's doing and his accuracy. I was shocked to find a long list of 100% accuracies on vocabulary, math, and reading comprehension,among others, and most of his other skills are between 80 to 99%. This possible symptom I'm also not sure about because a lot of people in my family did well in school (unless we didn't do the work).
He's supposed to be tested again, but I'm wondering if I should be concerned or not. Are there any mothers of children who have been diagnosed with Aspergers that might be able to tell me if it sounds like my son has Aspergers? I think there were other symptoms that I can't remember at this time, that he may have. I want to know because I want to make sure when he starts school next year his teacher will be well prepared to work with him.