About this blog.

My son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at 24 months. I created this blog to bring meaning to the often-confusing label. Sometimes I have answers. Other times, just more questions.

Friday, February 1, 2008

For the archives.

This content used to be in my sidebar. I moved it to archives because it's dated at this point, and also because, well, it's a little silly. I mean, neurotypicals don't have a monopoly on pointing. However, I've chosen to archive it, rather than delete it all together, because it is an indication of my rather primitive and obsessive thinking at the time I put the list together, i.e. is he or isn't he??? Mind you, I'm still confused, but I'm passed obsessing over is he or isn't he.


Brad was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at 24 months.

"Neurotypical Traits":
1) He smiles.

2) He makes eye contact.

3) He points.

4) He imitates.

5) He follows commands.

6) He initiates play.

7) He likes peek-a-boo.

"Autistic Traits" :
1) He lines up his blocks and his cars; also drawn to stacking things.

2) He has a speech delay; at 24 months, about a dozen words; at 25 months, labeling many things in his environment and putting two words together; at 30 months, labeling almost all things in environment and speaking in 3-5 word sentences.

3) He apparently doesn't use gaze to regulate social interactions to the satisfaction of those who have evaluated him. (Me, bitter? Nahhhh.)

4) Under-reactive to sensory data; often needs tactile stimulation to get his attention; seeks vestibular stimulation, e.g. squats and bounces on his ball.


Nyx said...

Thanks for saving this! I came back to it to compare (I know I shouldn't compare, but!?) because my son is now 31 1/2 months now and his speech while sometimes odd appears in many ways to be within "normal" parameters ("mommy to go." "put lid on it.") and I was curious ... Do you ever wonder ... if you had just waited until he was 3, would he have still gotten that dx? I am wondering that. I wonder that A LOT. I'm not saying he's not spectrum-y, just ... well, you know.

Nyx said...

oh, and for the record (especially for someone else coming along with a REALLY young toddler) -- my son has had less than 10 total hours of speech therapy by a real speech therapist. Believe it or not, all speech therapy, such as it has been, done by my husband and me, except for a few training sessions by a Floortime-specialist slp, and 1 session witha county slp whom I immediately fired.

Laura said...

I'm so happy to hear about his progress! *smiles* That's awesome. Great job, mama!

as for your question, hmmm...I thought of that a lot in the immediate aftermath, because literally, the week after he was dxed, his speech started taking off. I don't really think about it anymore. But if I brought him back to that 1st developmental pedi today, I suspect she'd probably still label him PDD.