I would like to know what all of you “know” about Autism. Know is in quotes because I’m more interested to hear your personal experiences with
Autism and all it’s friends like Aspergers, PDD, or the “spectrum” whatever that means. Weather it’s you, your child, or just a friend of a
friend, please drop a line, or tell us your story.
The reasons for the thread:
To learn about Autism. I have been trying to web-educating myself on this disorder . It is very complex and there is a lot to learn. There are a
couple other new threads about Autism right now. One was created by a person with Aspergers, it’s mostly for him and other people with it, to
discuss it amongst themselves. The other is concerned with Autism cases mostly being misdiagnosed.
To find out how many of us here at ATS know a person with Autism. I‘ve heard so many times about how this Autism diagnosis keep growing each year.
I think if it’s as common as I’ve been reading, then a good many of us probably know someone with it. So I’m curious.
To help each other. Anyone who has any advice or a specific parenting technique or strategy, please post about it.
O.K. I will tell what I “know” first:
My best friend’s son was finally diagnosed with PDD about 2 weeks ago. It took close to a year for the doctors to give her son this label. He also
has AD/HD and anxiety.
-Keith is an 8 year old 2nd grader. I’ve known him since he was 10 months old.
-He was a late talker. He said words, but didn’t really start talking good until he was about 4 ½.
-He’s wild and full of energy. As a toddler he had a lot of temper tantrums, probably quite a few that were more sever that what might be
-He made some odd noises while he was eating or playing.
-He developed an attachment to cretin things. A yellow sword was the first thing. His “yewllow fingy”. After that is was kitchen utensils like
spatulas and ladles. Now pretty much any stick will do. He plays with the stick. Just tapping it all around, or over and over in the same spot for
a minute. Sometimes he points it around and makes all different gun noises. He takes it in the car, or on a walk. If he can conceal it, or he
doesn’t feel weird about it, he’ll take it in the store or wherever. It’s like his sidekick.
-He is doing great in school, and getting good grades. He doesn’t get in any trouble, and im sure he is pretty quiet most of the time.
- He has a few friends and he likes to play with them when they come over. Keith rarely goes outside. There could be 10 kids on the street playing
and he will have no desire to play with them, content in his house with his stuff where he is most comfortable.
-He only eats a few things, that have to be made a cretin way.
-He is stuck to his mum like glue. He loves the heck out of her and doesn’t like to be away from her for any reason. If he has to be, he usually
deals with it. If he had it his way, she’d go everywhere with that boy.
-He doesn’t act like his normal self when he is around new people. He gets all wild and crazy when they have company he is familiar with.
-Keith loves animals and has talked about being a zoo keeper.
-He’s an awesome kid, with cool ideas, who he is loved by many.
Thats my little bit about Keith, and why he was diagnosed with PDD.
And now a little bit about conspiracy. Many people think Autism is connected to vaccinations. I don’t have any opinions on this for lack
knowledge. But if that were a true, it sure would make sense to those who say they are deliberately dumbing us down. How hard is it to deal with a
quiet sheep, in his own world, that never leaves the barn?
Thanks for reading
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