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    We had a meeting with ECI (Early Childhood Intervention) on Wednesday afternoon and we went over all of Daniel's developmental delays and came to agree that he gets to go to preschool. He was scheduled to start on Wednesday because he turns 3 on Monday. But then the disappointment came when I tried to set up an appointment with the ped to get his medical papers so he could go. They can't fit him in until the 25th. I cried. I was so disappointed in myself for not thinking ahead for this.

    So I called our liaison at ECI and she changed our dates for starting, but made an appointment for us to "visit" the classroom that will be his on Wednesday. So now, he and I will go to the classroom and he will hopefully play with his classmates and I can meet his teacher, etc. Then the following week he will have a home visit, and then he will start school on the 30th.

    He gets to go every Monday and Wednesday for 3 hours until summer break. Then if they feel he would benefit from assistance over the summer, then he will be referred for speech therapy at a speech pathologist's office. He will go to preschool until he is 5 and then they will transition him to a standard kindergarten classroom.

    They are starting him off in what the call a 5-15 class. 5 students will have plans like him and 15 will not. This means he will be in a class of 20 students. That concerns me because he does not do well with large groups. They did say, however, that they wanted to start him off in a smaller group, but one was not available. If they find he does not do well in the 5-15, they will move him to a more appropriate classroom.

    So there's my "little" update.
    Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
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    I realize no-one is posting on here right now. But I wanted to update on Daniel and preschool. We visited his class 3 times in the last 3 weeks and he started attending without me yesterday. I walked away from out 3rd visit feeling discouraged that he just wasn't ready to be left there. But i gotta try anyway, right?

    So yesterday I took him in. It was the first time we went at the start of the day instead of at free play time. We walked in and I helped him put away his things. Then (since they had breakfast for him) I told him that we need to wash his hands and asked if he remembered where the sink was. He said yes and we headed that way. I helped him wash his hands and then he sat at the table. They gave him his dairy free french toast and I helped him cut it. Then I said "Ok, Daniel. I'm gonna leave now." and replied with "K". Now lately this doesn't mean he understands what you are saying, but I left anyway.

    His teaches said he had a really good day and did really well. When I picked him up he didn't jump up ready to go that very minute. He finished his lunch and bused his plate and then he was ready to go home. I asked him if he wanted to come back on Wednesday and he said "Yeah!"

    So it looks like this class will work for him, after all.
    Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
    Jacob 04-14-04
    m/c 04-16-06
    Daniel 01-09-09
    Evelyn 08-29-11


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    That's excellent! What is your son's diagnosis?

    I'm still learning the basics of Autism.

    Hi I'm new to this board, doesn't seem to be overly busy here, my 8y/o DD is being assessed for Aspergers in addition to her ADHD which she was diagnosed with 2 years ago.
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    Well, we don't have an official diagnosis yet, but he best fits under Aspergers in my opinion and the speech pathologist agrees, but his occupational therapist isn't sure. My guess is we will end up with a PDD-NOS diag.

    For the time being, he's "developmentally delayed" in 3 areas of development. Those being communication, speech (though it seems more apraxia than speech delay) and social skills (don't have specifics on that one). Before we took him off dairy he had issues with meltdowns (like a temper tantrum, but by far worse), transitioning from one activity to another, or from one location to another (going to lunch with family was a sure fire way to get a meltdown) and started to have a social regression (not that he was doing well socially to begin with). He has trouble finding things that are right in front of him when you are pointing to it and giving him good instruction on where it is in location to him, night terrors, and a bunch of other "tendencies".

    Most everything has gotten better with taking him off diary products, but if he has some dairy, he has a slip back and we have to wait it out for about a week. It's getting really hard to deal with the backslides.
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    Wow, hugs to you! That sounds a lot like my DD actually.

    She has severe ADHD (inattentive and impulsive sub-types) along with ODD (oppositional defiance disorder) tendencies. SHe's socially delayed and unable to relate appropriately to kids her own age although does extremely well with adults and kids who are yonger by at least 2 years. IT's this inability to relate that makes them think she may have aspergers in addition to the ADHD. I'm not sure because although she may show some of the tendancies she doesn't seem to really fit the bill. She's extremely social and wants/tries to make friends but she's very immature (which often follows along with ADHD in girls) so the other kids are not interested. She is extremely emotional and throws tantrums still at 8y/o. She does not like to be told what to do in particular by her peers. At daycare (her's is very structured) they put her in a leadership role whenever possible and she is doing well with that.

    I think I can relate to the backsliding, we've had some severe rebound from her medication depending on when she gets it and it's horrible. I've never tried taking her off dairy, how long before you noticed a difference in behaviour?

    How do you manage with 2 other children? We'd like more kids but she needs so much more than the norm I'm kind of scared.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrysRee31 View Post
    I've never tried taking her off dairy, how long before you noticed a difference in behaviour?

    How do you manage with 2 other children? We'd like more kids but she needs so much more than the norm I'm kind of scared.
    I'm gonna answer the last question first. Our oldest was just recently diagnosed (beginning of Dec) as ADHD with ODD. He's 7 and is running into issues at school. Just Wednesday of this week, he received a ruling of 1 day suspension and was forced to stay home yesterday. This is due to his 3rd physical contact offense of the school year. He struggles socially, but does have a few friends (other undiagnosed ADD kids-- I can tell by looking at them). He also has his enemies (the other student involved in the physical conflict on Wed just happens to be one of them).

    Daniel and our oldest are so different from each other, yet they tend to get along. Our oldest gets Daniel revved up and then chaos ensues cause he'll do something that Daniel doesn't like (like closing a door or something else that shouldn't bug a child his age).

    Anyway as to the how do I do it with 3 kids. Ask my husband how I'm dealing. Last night I chewed him out for putting dishes in the sink in the wrong order (I'm slightly OCD too) and he said, it's better in the sink than on the counter, right? I said with 3 kids it's hard to get them INTO the sink and ....... I go crazy frequently. It's a wonder DH is still with me. LOL

    Now, on to the milk question. I started noticing the difference when he had dairy again after 2 weeks. It was a gradual swing in the right direction, so it was hardly noticeable. But boy was it noticed when he backslid. But it might have been an unnoticed change because we are so sleep deprived with the baby.
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    Well, Daniel has been going to preschool for a month now. But I struggle every Monday and Wednesday to get him ready to go! He NEVER wants to go. I remind him that he has friends there and he has fun and he likes his teacher and he flat out argues with me. Yesterday I practically had to carry him in! After I leave him, he does well (so they say) and he always seem super happy when I pick him up and not at all eager to leave. I just don't know what to do. I think it's because he doesn't go often enough. It's hard to get into a routine (I'm finding it difficult too, as I struggle to remember) when he only goes two days a week. He had a Monday off for President's day and then they didn't make it up on Friday and the following week I struggled to remember to bring him on Monday. Then his brother was home sick on a Wednesday and it through me off of what little routine I was starting and I completely forgot to take him to preschool!

    I am not sure what to do. I'm finding it hard to even try to take him. But I don't know if he'd do better in an afternoon class and I like his teacher and I don't want to throw off his "people" he is used to. *sigh*
    Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
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    m/c 04-16-06
    Daniel 01-09-09
    Evelyn 08-29-11


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    Have you tried a visual schedule for him? Maybe getting him into a morning routine regardless of where he is going everyday? He gets up at X time, gets dressed, eats breakfast, brushes his teeth, puts on his shoes, grabs his backpack, etc... You can use pictures for him since he cannot read. Just put them in order for him. http://www.schkidules.com/ or http://thedisparatehousewife.wordpre...-preschoolers/ I don't think you need to buy that for him, unless you like it. I think you can create it on your computer and hang it on the wall. Kids on the spectrum do well with visual schedules because it helps them to know what is coming next. They need that structure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by melnzai View Post
    Have you tried a visual schedule for him? Maybe getting him into a morning routine regardless of where he is going everyday? He gets up at X time, gets dressed, eats breakfast, brushes his teeth, puts on his shoes, grabs his backpack, etc... You can use pictures for him since he cannot read. Just put them in order for him. http://www.schkidules.com/ or http://thedisparatehousewife.wordpre...-preschoolers/ I don't think you need to buy that for him, unless you like it. I think you can create it on your computer and hang it on the wall. Kids on the spectrum do well with visual schedules because it helps them to know what is coming next. They need that structure.
    I have thought of this, but it only seems to help a little bit and not enough to be worth the effort.

    But I just applied for him to go four days a week instead of two. Hopefully he is accepted and we don't have to pay (or not have to pay much). I think that him going more often will help best.

    Thanks for your suggestion.
    Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
    Jacob 04-14-04
    m/c 04-16-06
    Daniel 01-09-09
    Evelyn 08-29-11


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