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I knew it really wasn't ADD/ADHD

Jess - posted on 09/23/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm so happy to finally have a diagnosis for my 6 year old son. This past summer after months of assessments/evaluations he was diagnosed with PDD-NOS. It's a relief to know what is going on with him. I've known since he was about 2 that he has some interesting "quirks" and now that there is something solid that I can educate myself about and understand I feel more enabled to meet his needs. So often ADD/ADHD was mentioned in relation to his behavior, but deep down I knew that wasn't it. There were things that he could do and was capable of that didn't fit that model.

Whether or not a child has special needs, having an understanding that can better connect you to him or her is empowering.

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Jess - posted on 03/29/2010

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It's not uncommon for children to have more than one diagnosis. For example, my guy has PDD-NOS, but he also has anxiety. ADD/ADHD has many of the symptoms and behaviors of some children with PDD...it'spossible your child has both. Right now, the kind of good/kind of bad news is that if you decide to go with medication, there is not enough research out there that just looks at medication for PDD, so it is treated as ADD/ADHD would be, so if that's the route you end up taking you may notice an overall improvement in behavior. Also, if you decide to go the other direction without meds, a lot of techniques for behavior recognition and positive reinforcement work with attention issues too.

Christine - posted on 03/27/2010

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I feel in reverse of this conversation or maybe not well enough educated?
I have a 6 and half year old who has been diagnosed PDDNOS since he was 2.5 but I think it may be ADHD, he is such a handful!

Leslie - posted on 10/28/2009

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My 3 year old was diagnosed about two weeks ago with Pdd-Nos. Im so happy to finally have a diagnosis. It is also nice to know that im not alone. Im glad there r people I can talk to/

Michelle - posted on 10/27/2009

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That sounds a lot like our story, we just got a PDD-NOS diagnosis at 5 after a dev pedi wanted to give him an ADHD label. He's been receiving services for GDD since we was 2 and everyone wanted to blame his cognitive and communication delays for his "quirks" and social-emotional issues, but I knew it was something else.

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Jess,

I can't relate to your story. My son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS when he was about 4-ish. He's now 6, and I too noticed many interesting "quirks" from about age 2. It feels so good not to be alone.

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