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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 7 Year Old

Helen asks…

7 year old assumed to have autism then pervasive developmental and then aspergers?

7 year old assumed to have autism pervasive developmental and aspergers?
for 6 1/2 years my son was assumed to have these three illnesses.but when a genetic test was performed it disclosed no fragile x and normal chromosones.so when i called back to the pediatric neurologist from 5 years ago (July,2006) who said my son had autism and fragile x within a 10 minute hospital visit I was confused from what the genetic counselor 2 days ago.He was also told to have pdd( May2009)and August 2011 while in the psychiatric unit was said to aspergers.But from the genetic counselor I was told you have a normal child with a behavior problem that he might have inherited a gene from his father But because of your insurance limitation we cant further research because it will cost thousands of dollars so lets call it the last name aspergers’s.Then the pediatrician from the same hospital said well your son’s behavior is out of my league let’s call it autism spectrum disorder dont waste your money spending thousands of dollars to do further research.I don’t know what to as a mother who has tried every medication every early child intervention,4 public schools 2 0 3 psychiatrists and psychologists.The genetic counselor said well you didn’t know what the cards were going to deal me because I was a rape victim by this child father 2 times while was conceived and when the child was 4 years old .the father found out where I lived at.I explained to the genetic counselor what I seen in the 52 years old I also see in the child.even him resembling the father.I’m 37 years old and dont know what to do.I dont know what to call what my son has I dont like sugar coating.
1 day ago- 3 days left to answer.
Additional Details
My son will be 8 in Nov. he was classified individually by different doctors for autism ,aspergers and pdd.I only see one symptom of that is behavior.His MRI in August 2011 came back normal.
He has normal set of chromosones and no fragile x.I dont see a sensory problem.I’m trying to explain this to the schools from the genetic doctors results.I could have said nothing of the results,but I did .I feel I have to lie about the truth vs the untruth.
18 hours ago
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BN you heard my cry here.I have tried to talk to American psychological association.They act like they are stumped by my question of autism.Even the school psychologist at the board of education brushed me off by saying what is I can do for you.Then I called the doctor today who said Pdd 2/12 years ago he claim he forgot what he diagnosed him with.then the pediatric neurologist keep putting her nurse on the phone to explain fragile x when there no fragile x in his genetic test.I got a feeling these think I am going to SUE THEM.I even called a church for the right direction to go!! My heart is broken .I have advocated for something that may not exist.
Medicaid is what I have for my son.That’s why no further testing can be done.So I was told just call it aspegers by the genetic doctor or autism by the pediatrician.

admin answers:

The label may not really matter, what does matter is that your son receives treatment that does fit his needs and I’d check to make sure they ran the CORRECT Fragile X test (in that case the label DOES matter with the advances being made in research, the health conditions associated with fragile X and how you work with a child with FX, i.e., one should never force eye contact). Many neurologist still run a chromosome or micorarray analysis to test for FX and those tests are not reliable, too many false negatives. If they ran the correct test they should have given you CGG repeats – if they didn’t then I’d retest him using the FMR1 DNA test (aka Southern Blot with PCR analysis). There is a very active FB group the Fragile X Files, that you may be interested in, you may find additional support for dealing with behavior. I recommend the resource below, the columns are excellent I’d also recommend following some of the clinical trials associated with Fragile X and Autism on a new med STX209 (Arbaclofen) it may be out on the market within a year or two.

Please feel free to connect with me directly if you like. (((Hugs)))

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Spectrum Disorder

Thomas asks…

How do you know if a child has mild autism ?

My friend has a 5 yr old son who can say a few words then cuts of into bable. She doesn’t talk “baby talk” to him. When she wants to get his attention he avoids eye contact by rolling his eyes in every direction. When we took him to the fair certain noise would bother him and he would cover his ears. The noise didn’t even have to be high pitched or very loud. When she asked the doctor about his speech, he simply said it was a speech impediment that once he starts school he will get help for it. I’m not sure how to approach her about it either.

admin answers:

DON’T WAIT UNTIL HE STARTS SCHOOL!

Early intervention is key in cases of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Nonverbal Learning Disorder, and delayed speech.

Please ask her to take the following steps immediately:

Find a pediatrician that specializes in children with developmental disabilities.

Contact the school system for a complete evaluation (this is free, and could have been before the child trained 3!).

The school system will choose a team of professionals to evaluate the child, including, but not limited to a speech therapist, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, a school adjustment counselor, a school psychologist, a teacher and an expert in special education. His parents will be part of the team, and they may bring any experts they so choose to the team meetings.

The child’s new pediatrician will submit a recommendation for the services the child needs. The child may require an independent evaluation by additional specialists (pediatric neurologist, etc. To develop a treatment plan.

Make sure that the team adopts the recommendations of his pediatrician and specialists in their entirety; appeal the team’s decision, if necessary.

The team will develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that specifies the services to be provided and the frequency of the provision, as well as the modifications that will be made to “regular” education to accommodate him.

His parents have the right to accept or reject the IEP, in whole or in part, and appeal same, in whole or in part. If they choose to appeal and another, independent evaluation is required, the school must pay for the evaluation.

The school system is required BY LAW to provide early intervention services beginning at age 3, so he will probably begin in a special program, immediately.

This is a very complex subject not easily dealt with in this forum, however the above is a start. DON’T WAIT!

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