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PostPosted: July 01 2011, 6:07 PM    Post subject:
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Hi everyone, I havent posted in a very long time but I wanted to connect with some of the parents who have children with dual diagnosis on the Spectrum. Abby was just diagnosed a few days ago by a Developmental Ped. with both Aspergers and ADHD. The teachers and therapists at her school suspected it and never said a word. We took her to this dr mainly to get help for advocacy purposes for more services. Whammo! We come out with 2 new diagnosis. Evidently we were the only ones that didnt see her Autism. I am really having a difficult time - not so much of the diagnosis but that we were the last to find out and I could have gotten the help she needed earlier if we knew about it. - janice

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PostPosted: July 03 2011, 12:18 PM    Post subject:
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I would definitely ask more questions. I'm curious as to how they came up with the diagnosis of Aspergers instead of PDD- NOS or simply calling it Autism Spectrum Disorder.

I have never officially had Melissa diagnosed, but her developmental pediatrician said she is on the spectrum.( I homeschool which is why I didn't pursue the second diagnosis.) Melly also has adhd. We tried Focaline but it made her stim more and she wouldn't fall asleep at night. Smile She has been calming down with the passing of years. ( Just to give you some hope. ) She'll be 11 at the end of this month.

What were some of your daughter's symptoms? Do you know what kind of services they plan to give her?

Wishing you the best. Your little girl is beautiful!!!!

Michelle
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PostPosted: July 03 2011, 2:46 PM    Post subject:
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Hello!

My son Oliver, with DS, is 6 and has ADHD. (Major ADHD). We knew from, um, conception. I kid you not. He also has some autism/Aspergers type qualities, as do a lot of our kids with DS. I had one Dev Ped tell me she thought Oliver may have Aspergers and wanted to test him. We did not pursue it because, well, he doesn't. LOL. No other doctor has ever thought that about him.

However....My younger son, Sebastian, does not have an official diagnosis. Yet. We'll pursue that in the near future. But he most certainly does have both ADHD and Aspergers.

Meds are a wonderful thing. Wink

If you didn't suspect anything, the news must have been very shocking and very hard to hear. And if you didn't suspect, it would make me question the diagnoses a bit. But if you agree with those diagnoses, just remember that she's the same daughter you had before you got those additional diagnoses. And now she can get a lot more help. More services. And that is a very good thing.

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PostPosted: July 03 2011, 7:28 PM    Post subject:
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They don't just hand out diagnosis' like candy, they do extensive testing. They are able to differentiate the DS from the ASD. Noah's big red flag was that he is physically able to do more and his problem solving skills are much more advance than his speech, expression and overall social development. Plus the fact that he has sensory issues and stims a lot. The ONLY thing the additional diagnosis is good for is funding and understanding more about your child. Also, if you check out the kennedy kreiger institute there is a list of things to look for in a child with down syndrome that could indicate autism as well. The chances of our kids having ASD as well as DS is much higher than that of the general population.

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PostPosted: August 11 2011, 10:35 AM    Post subject:
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Hi I know just how you feel . we have just had our other son with out Ds Diagnoses as having Aspergers, we went in thinking PDD-nos as that is what our Paed had said. When we arrived for the assessment the Pead had changed her thoughts and didnít inform us (we are after all just the parents grrr) to Aspergers and that was the finding.
Now Iím looking at Aden and can see that although he is sociable itís only on his terms, he will hug anyone but they better not come up to him and hug him. hmm very typical Aspergers traits to only like physical contact on their own terms.
Seems family members were wondering and teachers, but no-one was really sure. Aden also has all the sensory issues with food, clothing and air temperature. Itís another grief one that when I think about it, it seems like I would just skip the whole grief part, I mean really what for?? But itís hear and Iím going to travel through this grief for both my boys even if I think itís not really necessary, you know like please can I just SKIP the grief???
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PostPosted: August 11 2011, 1:34 PM    Post subject:
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Skip the grief... LOL! Boy I wish I could have done that. I was a basket case when I realized Melissa was not like the other kids with DS. Smile

Melly is VERY stimming. She loves to dangle anything she can get her hands on. She can't tolerate babies/children crying, dogs barking or whining and my loud laughter. ( Yeah, it's really nice when your child freaks out because you're laughing too loud. ) LOL! She doesn't enjoy playing with other children but she does like playing with teenagers and adults. She never points at anything. She LOVED musical flashing toys and would play with them obsessively. She's a very picky eater and she is a terrible sleeper.

The nice thing about children with DS and ASD is that they are usually still very affectionate and they usually make very good eye contact. That's the one characteristic that confuses most people, because they do show affection and make eye contact.

Melly also has ad/hd. The hyper part of her isn't as bad as it was when she was younger, but it's still there. She is very impulsive! Smile She can attend to something that she is interested in, but still has trouble attending to things that do not interest her.

She's a challenge but I adore her.

Please keep us posted. Smile

Michelle
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PostPosted: September 16 2011, 6:20 PM    Post subject:
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I am really curious to know with our kids how they know if it is Autism or Aspergers (sp?)?????
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