Rachel - posted on 12/05/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )
Hi moms, this is the first time i've been on circle of moms, just looking for advice and not sure where to go. I have a 5 year old (just turned 5 end of sept.) that has met all milestones until now, and we are just now seeing that he is having trouble holding his pencil and writing, coloring, tracing, ect...in his preschool class. so I had him evaluated by an OT who found that he has low muscle tone that is very mild but is affecting mainly his hands. I have noticed other areas that seem to be affected by low muscle tone as well, but he is receiving OT weekly right now and i'm not too worried about that at this point. What I am worried about now is that he might have PDD, I have researched autism, asbergers, and other spectrum disorders but nothing seems to fit. Tonight I saw a you tube video about a girl with PSS-NOS and her visit to the park. Some of her behavior is VERY similar to my sons (hesitant or unsure how to answer someones questions at times and just stares blankly), very little bit of hand flapping, is obsessed with Thomas the train and friends toys/videos). The problem I have is that some of my sons behavior could be considered normal-or could not-depending on how you look at it. I do instinctively feel that something is not right with him but I just can't put my finger on it enough to know what/if there is a problem. He likes his routine for instance at daycare he wants the same thing-vanilla yogurt and chocolate milk for breakfast. I also always pack a different fruit and he is fine with that daily change. If for some reason he could not have yogurt and chocolate milk, I could relatively easily convince him to choose something else, but it would take convincing-a problem? I'm not sure. Other characteristics of his are if he sees a Thomas and Friends movie he will want to watch it over and over and over, and memorize it enough that he recites it throughout the day (when i let him watch movies/tv show, I do not let him watch more than 1, but even at that, he will recite it after he sees it), he has some sensory issues (overreacts when he thinks theres going to be a loud noise, is picky with food, more that I could go on about but nothing severe. He carries on conversations, is very communicative, and loves people-very social. There are just certain things other than low muscle tone that seem very slightly off. I'm just not sure if I'm overthinking or nitpicking his behavior because I'm paranoid that something else is wrong. In other words, am I finding problems where there really aren't any? I'm just trying to be pro-active if there is a problem. I would really appreciate any thoughts/advice. I'm just not sure where to go from here...