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I just attended an Autism/Aspergers conference on 5/13. It was great. Temple Grandin was a featured speaker. I came away with a lot of great ideas for my 12 year old stepson (who has high functioning Autism).
I recently wrote a blog post about the different types of thinkers that Temple talks about.
We also learned about the new Temple Grandin school that will be starting soon in Boulder, CO.
I have found that most often the ability to handle dual diagnosis is not as hard as some people make it.
My son is PDD-NOS and OCD. What you have to do is treat one while taking the other into acct. EG: Treat the Autism and be sure to be aware of his OCD. My son doesnt like to get his hands dirty or to have his schedule disrupted. So to best treat his PDD, we always made sure that we didn't perplex him with too much stimulation and not to do things that would trigger his OCD. Also, find out if he is a sensory seeker vrs someone who avoids alot of stimuli. What sets him off ect. These are good things to help find a way for regulation. So when he gets pushed too far in therapy, at home you can help him regulate himself without huge meltdowns. Though, some of them are unavoidable. I suggest watching Temple Grandin speak on youtube and a good dailey dose of Floor time ( http://www.autismweb.com/floortime.htm ) I have a long list of good resource books too if you are interested. I also blog about things autism related. Last one was about therapy items on the cheap pt 1 ( Mouth toys for speech therapy). My son is 5 and has had great results with therapies I have him enrolled in. I am open to sharing anything that might help someone else.
Thanks Margot. I actually contact them quite a bit LOL! they have been a HUGE help for me over the last year!
Nancy, thanks so much for your input! I will definitely check out your blog tonight! I've had her eyes tested by a specialist thinking it could be a visual issue (or possibly color blindness) and she checked out ok, though he did say that she does have an astigmatism but doesnt need treated as of yet. He said, if she were to take her drivers test, shed pass the vision test, but by the time shes in kindergarden (which she will start kindergarden late due to her birthdate) she will most likely need glasses, but for now, she is seeing well enough not to need them yet. We did anticipate her needing glasses in the future anyway.
As for language skills, she was tested for that at the beginning of the school year (as head start tests almost all the kids, and i specifically asked them to run a full testing on her prior to entering anyway. my son has speech issues, but is improving) and she tested ok with that as well... though those test results were on the "low" end of the scale, so to speak, but was good enough to not need speech therapy.
The main things her teacher and special needs teacher seem to be concerned with is her difficulties to retain previously learned information, and to apply that information. That is one of my concerns as well, as well as her ability to focus, maintain her attention on a given task (i understand 4 year olds have a short attention span, but i feel hers is shorter than most), some slight behavior issues we've come across (her temper tantrums are still similar to those of the "terrible twos phase", which, im not overly concerned about because i know shes still 4 after all lol!), along with a variety of other things I've seen.
I'm not really thinking "the worst" because honestly, whether its a mild "form" (for lack of a better word) of autism, PDD, or whatever the case may be.. I dont really care WHAT it is, just want to find out what exactly IS going on, and how to best help her. I've pondered and done enough research, even though i feel im coming up empty handed until she is seen next month... to get myself past the "reality hit me smack in the face" phase and have since moved on to the "lets just make this better" phase. Going through my son's diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, I pretty much know what my fight or flight reactions are. I didnt really go through a denial phase when he was diagnosed. My initial reaction when he was diagnosed, (though yes i did cry over how his life would change), was to learn all i could about the disease, take the bull by the horns, and just DO IT. Once I get her diagnosis, if there is one, I will most likely do the same... learn all i can about it, then take the bull by the horns and do whatever is needed to be done to help her the best way we possibly can. I have a feeling I'll be getting less sleep than I already do once we find out what is going on, if for no other reason, just so i can have more time to work with her than I do now, but, it is what it is. Mama's sacrifice a lot more than just a little sleep for our babies, right? lol.Either way, I've pretty much mentally prepared myself for whatever diagnosis they can throw at me at this point. I just hate this stupid waiting game.
Madison, the professional who diagnosed your child should be able to point you in the right direction about handling these multiple problems. They should also be able to give you the names of support groups you can join. A support group can be a literal life-saver for parents in your situation. Also, do some research on the internet to find groups with kids that are like yours. Check with your local hospital. They often have phone numbers of helpful places, day-care that specialized in problem kids, etc. It will take a while to gather and list these resources, but once you have them at your fingertips you can call on them for support, comfort and good advice.
Do let us know what you find and how you and your child are managing. Give yourself a big hug from me. You deserve it, mate!!
All my son had was a reluctance to read. this turned me into an author determined to HOOK kids on reading.
Hi everyone! Does anyone have a child/adult with autism and also ocd? My son has autism and ocd, along with other symptoms. I was wondering how you go about handling these dual diagnosis when they become a bit overwhelming?
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