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Name: MeanJean
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My son (2 and half years old) is being investigated for autism. His doctor mentioned that he may have something on the "autism disorder spectrum". Does anyone know what this is?
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Name: autism411 | Date: Jun 21st, 2005 1:02 AM
hope this helps..........

ASD- autism spectrum disorders include:

Autistic Disorder- Severely disordered verbal and non-verbal language; unusual behaviors.

Asperger’s Syndrome- Relatively good verbal language, with “milder” non-verbal language problems; restricted range of interests and relatedness.

PDD-NOS- Non-verbal language problems not meeting strict criteria for other PDD disorders.

Rett’s Disorder*- Rare neurodegenerative disorder of girls.

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder*- Neurologists are scratching their head on this one, and assume psychiatrists mean neurodegenerative disorders.

My son is 27 months and has PDD-NOS 

Name: MeanJean | Date: Jun 22nd, 2005 8:48 PM
Thanks for your help autism411. If you don't mind my asking, how has your life changed since your son was found to have PDD-NOS? I'm just wondering what my husband and I should expect for the future if our son does have autism. 

Name: Irene | Date: Jun 27th, 2005 12:16 AM
I remember when I knew something was wrong with my son but could not get anyone to diagnos him. That was 20 years ago. We went for hearing test and then from doctor to doctor until finally we found someone who knew all about autism. He encouraged us to get involved with our county intermediate unit. Early intervention is very important. Today there is so much more known about autism.There are many more programs available. Get involved with your county mental health agency and make your school district aware (they may have an early intervention program through the school district).It was a long road for my son and I. He has just graduated from his special school this year and he has gone to live in a group home.God bless you both. 

Name: MeanJean | Date: Jun 28th, 2005 7:03 PM
Thank you for your comment Irene. I'm sorry to hear that it was so difficult for your to get a proper diagnosis. I guess times have changed since then but I still don't like this "investigation" process. As for the the school programs, a neighbor recently told me about the school intervention program so I have begun to look into that. I have also thought about getting involved but right now things seem so overwhelming. But maybe it's better to just jump in feet first rahter than keep dipping my toe into the waters. 

Name: Anna | Date: Jul 28th, 2005 7:10 PM
My son will be 3 in Oct. Other than not talking (he says "no" and "uh-oh") - he seems perfectly normal. He's very smart, loving, great with other kids. 

Name: zoey | Date: Aug 6th, 2005 7:55 PM
hi just found out my son has autstic spectrum disorder hes 3and half its alllnew 2me wot shud ado iav 4 all2gether ages 6 5 3 and nearly 2 shud he go 2normall school ore not can eny one help me am only 24 nyself am so nervous ajust want the best for my son plz can eny one help my email [email protected] 

Name: Carol | Date: Aug 29th, 2005 2:53 AM
Hi My 9 year old son was just diagnosed in October with Aspergers Syndrome which is part of the autism disorder spectrum scale. He is very very smart and speaks like a little professor but has no social skills what so ever. He is a literal minded person. We have to watch every thing we ask and say to him. We have to be very precise with our questions to him. He cries alot, is very sensitive to touch, smell, light and loud noises. He covers his ears when there is a loud noise near him. He has no friends and is considered weird to his classmates. We take him for therapy and he also attends social skills classes. We are trying to do everything we can to help him. Tell me what your sons symptoms are? 

Name: cheryl | Date: Sep 1st, 2005 10:07 PM
my response to zoey is educate your self. any info you can get your hands on about autism is very helpful. I found that for myself the more i read and understood about autism the less afraid i become. i still worry for my 5 yr old son and his future. just keep reaching out like you are doing here in this forum, and you'll find support and answers that will help you understand and feel better. 

Name: hiphop | Date: Sep 2nd, 2005 1:09 AM
My great niece has ASD and early intervention is the best thing for a child. Do things with the child so they have to think and don't let them sit in a corner and play. Keep the mind active and get help at the earliest age!!!! Stay in charge and give choices. 

Name: Stephanie | Date: Sep 12th, 2005 12:27 AM
Our son was diagnosed with "mild" autism when he was 2. He's now 10 years old and has really come a long way. He now falls under the Asperger's Syndrome in the spectrum of Autism which makes him a high-functioning, intelligent autistic child with a lack of social skills. That's where the Asperger's comes in. Don't let it scare you...the word "autism." I know that it did me when I first read what it was, but they have the ability to change so much with the proper intervention and support. Our son received immediate attention with a speech pathologist at 2, and then went into the school district's children with special needs program at 3. It was great! And I truly believe that's why he's remained in a mainstream classroom since he's been in kindergarten. Granted, it's not easy. He's definitely different. But that's what makes him even more special. Good luck. 

Name: jbrawn26 | Date: Oct 3rd, 2005 7:49 PM
My 9 year old son has Asperger Syndrome, Mood Disorder Nos, Sensory Integration Dysfunction and A.D.H.D. combined type on the severe end of it. would love to talk to other parents if to do nothing else but vent lol :) It gets very difficult sometimes :) 

Name: Robyn Richie | Date: Oct 11th, 2005 10:02 PM
Yes, I have a rather extensive understanding of what it all means. My 7 year old has undergone testing (1 years worth) and "tested positive" but they don't believe it really is that. I would be more than happy to chat with you about this. Send me an email. [email protected] 

Name: lisa | Date: Oct 20th, 2005 6:34 PM
my daughter is 6 yrs old and being investigated for autism as well. through much research on my part, this "spectrum" is other wise known as PDD - pervasive developmental disorder. that is what we believe my child has . apparently autism has as much range as everyday people do. they have so many different levels of it. such as asbergers, etc. if you get on some of web sites you can read up on other spectrums of autism. it was very helpful for me. good luck to your son and your family. 

Name: isagani | Date: Feb 1st, 2006 11:52 AM
hello to every on who have autism 

Name: MJ | Date: Feb 6th, 2006 7:32 PM
Teach you child sign language. Autistic babies, toddlers, kids can learn this quickly and it cuts down their frustration in not being able to talk directly to you.

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Name: rkeverline | Date: Mar 1st, 2006 9:04 PM
hello anyone there 

Name: stressed out | Date: Mar 1st, 2006 10:55 PM
I'm here...how are you doing today? 

Name: Greg | Date: Mar 22nd, 2006 5:37 PM
I am not responding to a question or comment made by anyone on this forum. I have a question myself. What is PDD-NOS? I have a feeling my daughter has some form of Autism or Aspergers or something. I am trying to find out what it may be. Approximately 4 or 5 years ago, maybe longer, I heard a broadcast on James Dobson that spoke of a situation that is not Autism or Aspergers but something not quite as severe. I cannot remember the name of what they called it. They did give a test for it over the radio of about 12 questions. I answered 10 of them yes. I did not write anything down at the time for a reference. My daughter is now 17 and I truely feel there is some thing wrong. Is that a bad word, wrong? I want to get help for myself and my wife to help our daughter and we want help for her so she can understand life and deal with it better. Thank you for any help anyone may have. 

Name: yvonne tombling | Date: Mar 25th, 2006 6:19 AM
my son has ASD which is a autism/ADHA

has lots of everyday up and downs but belive me it is much

harder for them then us my son is 12 goes to a state school

finds it hard to make and keep friends he best friend is

motorbike and dad 

Name: postscott | Date: Mar 26th, 2006 11:58 PM
Yes! I have a 23 yr. old contact indiana resouce center for autism. They will help you with all your questions with free of charge. They helped me greatly.
God bless you!
If you have any questions contact me at [email protected] 

Name: shell | Date: Apr 13th, 2006 11:06 PM
autism is a communication disorder my 3 year old is autistic my 4 year old as aspergers please email me [email protected] 

Name: Renee | Date: Apr 20th, 2006 2:20 PM
My child has been diagnosed recently with the same disorder. Autism does not have any different kinds. It is a spectrum from mild to severe. 

Name: nita | Date: Jun 19th, 2006 4:57 AM
Hi, my 12 year old son has autism,he seemed normal in every way ,but by 4 years old i knew something was wrong ,especially in speech.It has been a very difficult road to except,but working with a special needs child normally as possible is the secret to sucess.He communicates great now and is a great artist of imagination.He was also born with severe biolateral club feet that has require surgerys almost every year to correct,i didnt think he would ever walk ,but he does.His dissabilities has not slowed him down,but has been a challenge.I am a very proud mom and am rewarded every day of his life,we were truly blessed.Autisum is truly a gift from god. 

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