As you all might know Gaige has been through a few evaluations for speech, gross motor, fine motor, cognitive, etc. A few months ago at his final big evaluation it was determined that he is at about a 1 1/2 level for speech and he's quite low in gross motor and cognitive areas. He's been in therapy for a couple months now and has improved greatly in speech, but it's become very apparent that he has a sensory processing dysfunction. He symptoms are major hyperactivity that include jumping a lot, running everywhere, and even slamming his body into walls and doors. He becomes very overstimulated and distracted during outings. We met with an Occupational Therapist for a mini-evaluation and ask us a few questions about what Gaige is doing and it seemed to her that his behavior is on the "extreme side." It is unclear if that is all that's going on or if it's a symptom of a bigger issue whether it be autism, Aspergers, or a genetic disorder. He'll have 1 more big evaluation with the Occupational Therapist on the 13th and then he'll need to be seen by a developmental pediatrician for an official diagnosis.
I'll KUP. :/
We had another evaluation with the OT, and she said she sees red flags for autism. Of course she can't diagnose anything, but it's looking like it could be a very real possibility. I talked with his "special instruction" (she helps him develop better gross motor skills) therapist and she didn't know if he was autistic, but she also talked as if to prepare us for that diagnosis. I'm really trying not to jump the gun before getting an official diagnosis, but I sure am heartbroken. I think that's just about the only way I can explain how I feel. :/