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Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by jal, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. jal

    jal Member

    because things have been pretty calm. difficult child who was placed in a therapeutic program last fall did very well academically this year. His math skills and reading have blossomed tremendously. He was doing multiplication by the end of his first grade year. He is reading everything he can get his hands on (even the newspaper - LOL). He will return to this school for another year.

    The school hired an outside psychologist who specialized in AS kids (not their regular one)to do the testing we requested as 2 psychiatrist's diagnosis'd him with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), one with not otherwise specified and one with-Aspergers. Very pleased with-how thorough it was. The therapist from his school said she'd never seen such a thorough one in her over twenty years there. Basically, they diagnosis'd him with-ADD/ADHD combined type and mood disorder-not otherwise specified. Which I do believe, but medications for ADHD have never worked for him. His IQ tested at 112 although they felt it is probably higher because of his attention problems.

    The psychologist said in all her years she had never seen a more complex child, -GREAT!

    We are awaiting the results of a neuropsychologist evaluation that we had done through a major research project that we were accepted into. It is taking place in the northeast for kids who have been diagnosis'd with-Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or spectrum disorders - so at least we will have an independent evaluation (if we need it).

    difficult child also started day camp this week. He loves it. So far so good. This is a kid who couldn't even hold it togeher at any daycare and has almost finished the week of camp with-no issues and has made some friends. He is slated to go for two weeks, then do extended school year (to keep him in the routine, plus they do fun beach outings etc.) then he'll have a little down time at home and one more stint at camp before returning to school.

    He still receives in home services 2x a week and I think it has been helping - although last night he was so tuckered out from camp he slept through the appointment!
     
  2. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Site Moderator

    Wow! What a great update! You really have accomplished a lot for your son and it's really giving your difficult child some great results! Way To Go!!! :warrior:
     
  3. smallworld

    smallworld Moderator

    What a difference the right diagnosis, interventions and placement can make. Way To Go, warrior mom!

    Just wondering -- did the outside psychologist find AS/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) as well, or just ADHD and Mood Disorder-not otherwise specified?
     
  4. Sheila

    Sheila Moderator

    Sounds good on so many fronts!!!

    Our kids are so complex, it's good to get 2nd and 3rd opinions.

    And kudos to your son's school district!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. Suz

    Suz (the future) MRS. GERE

    How wonderful to have these interventions in place at such a young age. Great update! :thumbsup:

    Suz
     
  6. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    I'm glad to hear things are going well. I hope thing continue to go well at camp. Thanks for the great update!
     
  7. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Good for you! What a great update. Fingers crossed things continue on the upswing!
     
  8. jal

    jal Member

    Thank you everyone for all your well wishes. Smallworld, the outside psychiatric did not find AS/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) just the ADD/ADHD combined and Mood-not otherwise specified. It will be interesting to see what the last evaluation comes out with, but those results are not due for a bit.
     
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