Re: parents of autistic children
Hi there. My son, Brandon, is 4 years old. He was first diagnosed as having PDD-NOS by a social worker at an autism preschool, but then we were able to get in to see the psych at the autism clinic at the University of Utah hospital (it was a REALLY long waiting list). She diagnosed him as high functioning autism and I agree with that so much more than the PDD-NOS one, especially since she's more qualified to actually give a diagnosis.
His first diagnosis was given at 3.5 and the second was closer to 4.5. The psych also said that he has more anxiety than is normal in even autistic children and he's showing signs of OCD. So, while generalized anxiety disorder and OCD aren't technically diagnoses she feels that he may be diagnosed as such later when he's a bit older.
Tami, mom to Brandon (3/11/03) and Edward (7/10/05) Twin girls, Emma and Ellie (3/29/11), joined our family through adoption