There is a center for Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) kids close enough that I can take my son and they have social skills classes for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) teenagers. I took my son for an intake interview on Tuesday and had an interesting meeting with the psychologist (who only deals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) kids), my son and myself. A colleague of his had diagnosed my son with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)-not otherwise specified. I loved this neuropsychologist, but unfortunately he died a few years ago. His colleague had all my son's records and knew them by heart. After he was finished talking to my son, he sent him out in the reception area and spoke to me. He said that he seemed more Aspergers than anything. I brought up his early development and how severe he had been. He said that you can move up the Spectrum, that professionals were still learing about Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)-not otherwise specified and Aspergers because it is so new, but that you can climb the ladder and that my son obviously had. He is going to work with us to try to help us and my son plan his adult life. He said that son will likely be able to be independent, and I've been thinking that myself the past year...he's so improved. I really liked this man. He explained "autistic traits" to my son but also told him that there was nothing "freakish" or "weird" about him (when son asked about it) and that he just needed to learn how to deal with his "sensitivities." His approach really had my son's attention and I feel very good about this man. He is only a PhD psychologist, but he works with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) kids every day, ad nauseum. I never thought about my son moving up the spectrum. How do you feel about that? I actually think it can happen and has happened to my son. The doctor said that on "a scale of 1-10 for autism, he'd be about a 2." I actually think he's more a 3 or 4, but he started out an 8...lol. The Psychologist talked to my son about how he obsesses a lot and has trouble paying attention and asked if he wanted to try medication to make it easier for him to concentrate (I like how he ASKED my son). My son said no, he did not want to take anymore medication. He will deal with it on his own. Since my son is usually so quiet, I was surprised he voiced such a strong, mature opinion. He sounded like a sane, mature, rational young man...color me shocked. Interventions are soooooooooooooooo terrific. I credit them, plus my son's incredibly hard work, for his improvement.