For 6 months, we've basically been at a stand still as far as information. We've worked on speech for about 4 months. We've worked on skills like cutting with scissors and other small things like that. And we've waited.
On Monday, Big A, Squirt, Moose, & I headed to MMI to get Moose's evaluation done. Squirt wasn't going to go with us but he was sick the day before & we didn't want to get our niece and nephew sick just in case. After a stop at Walmart (because who can't stop and grocery shop when they're in the "big city"?), we ate some lunch. Then we got to MMI.
The boys played in the lobby, then we went to one room where he got weighed & measured. Then we headed into this small observation room. It was crowded with 5 chairs, a clinic bed, and a few small tables. There were toys for the boys and Squirt made the room stink with his diaper (gross). Then Dr. Matthews and 3 students came in to talk with us. We talked about his medical history, our family history, his MDT/IFSP/IEPs. They asked developmental questions and watched him play. They mostly asked questions...and questions and questions.
They went out and deliberated amongst themselves.
When they came back, the doctor said that Moose definitely shows signs of autism or something on the spectrum. We will have to go back January 3 to have a diagnostic test done to show just where he falls on the spectrum, although she's fairly certain he either falls under autism or PDDNOS (pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified). I learned that autism, Asperger's, PDDNOS, Rett's syndrome, and another disorder all fall under the umbrella term Pervasive Developmental Disorder. And then each child is individually diagnosed with autism, Asperger's, etc. And autism and PDDNOS are really close to one another to where kids sometimes go between diagnoses of the two.
The hardest part for me was not hearing that he's on the spectrum. I've been expecting that or at least able to accept that it was possible. It was hearing that they highly suggest he go to preschool. I know that seems silly, but I've been planning on homeschooling the boys. Big A & I have talked and we know that I can't provide the social setting that he needs with peers here at home. Of course, not all of that has been worked out, it's only been a few days, but I'm thinking that we would like to do 3 days a week and only 1/2 days for him. Then the other 2 days I can do 1/2 days of homeschooling for him, too. Best of both worlds and perhaps he'll develop the social skills where I would feel comfortable homeschooling next year or the next. I just have to play that by ear for now.
Anyway, so I apologize for all the reviews lately, I just didn't really have much to say lately... well, I had a lot to say but not many words to say it. I'm still sort of in shock and don't necessarily know how to process all of the information that I've gotten, but I'm on my way. I'm learning and sorting and reading. It's just a lot to take on.
|Moose thinks he's Mr. Incredible with a shirt he can un-button like this|
If you want to learn more about PDD-NOS, here is a link from the Autism Speaks website and one about autism. I'm also very open to any information you would like to provide me with (and if you don't have any, don't worry, neither did I until yesterday).