I have started a Health Page listing the Clinical Criteria for a diagnosis of an ASD. I would like parents of ASD children to post examples of their child's behaviour under each category to give examples to anyone visiting the site whether they are parents or professionals.
I am especially wanting parents to add behaviours if they are 'different' or at opposite ends of behaviour so that people understand the vast difference eg. one child may not initiate any social interaction, but another child may pester other children and not understand when they have had enough. But both children have defecits in social interaction.
Our daughter has diagnosis of PDD (only is 2 1/2), but she has under the first category, has A and C, which are limited eye gazing and gestures and the lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment/interests with other people (doesn't show, bring or point). She does however have friends and interacts with other people, though most of it is with physical activity and not anything to do with talking or sitting down and doing a puzzle or stuff like that.
Under number 2, she is really delayed in spoken language and was also delayed in receptive language (at 24 months she had no receptive language and that has improved a lot because of therapy and just with growing older with age). She also does not like to initiate speech with the few words she has. She needs a lot of prompting. And she has a lot of echolalia and repeats a question instead of answering it. She does however have wonderful imaginative play.
Under number 3, she has some preoccupations with certain things, though she is getting better as she gets older. She also has problems with being flexible and does have many rituals with how she does routines and does certain tasks. If you deviate from the routine or ritual, she has a meltdown. She also hand flaps, though that she does less since going through OT.
Under part B, she has delays in language used in social communication before age 3. She had some delays in symbolic play (like she wouldn't pretend a teacup or play with dolls... or imitate something like that) but she would have imaginative play, like she has been pretending to be an animal or a pirate or a dinosaur since age 2 with her friends in church and her play groups. She has usually played with the older kids who are 1 or 2 years older because she likes to play the imagination games that kids her age do not play.
So can children with PDD be socially active? Our daughter certain is. She really has trouble understanding social things though, so as she gets older, this may become a problem as kids may think she's strange in some of her behaviors. Right now, she just seems cute to the other kids. She has quite a fan following among older children at our church. Kids who are between the ages of 4 and 12 seem to want to play with her and she is quite active and interactive with them. She does not play well with kids her own age (2 or 3). And she does not play well with this 4 year old girl who wants to sit down and play pretend with dolls. My daughter will run the other way away from this girl, who keeps bugging my daughter with questions like "Why can't you talk? Why won't you play dolls with me?" And this girl also wants to order my daughter around, and since my daughter has delayed language either doesn't understand this kid or pretends not to so she can run away. Funny thing is my daughter has more friends than the annoying 4 year old girl. The other thing our daughter is really good at is the concept of sharing, turn taking, and putting away her toys. This is only because she has therapy 4 times per week and she has a developmental therapist working with her one of those sessions at a play group she attends. What 2 year old does all those things? I can't congratulate myself for being the good parent who taught her all those things... so I am thankful in so many ways for the therapists she has. :)
Can you copy and paste all you've put into the Health Page I've started? You'll find Health Pages at the top right had side of the medhelp/forums pages. Then if you click on edit you will be able to add your stuff.
I will try to copy and paste the info into the health page you stared later on tonight or tomorrow. Can I undo it if I do it incorrectly?
Oh... I have problems with reading comprehension with following instructions... you know those instructions to put things together for self-assembly? I never can put something together right if I read the manual... I throw out the manual and figure it out on my own. LOL. Ditto with sewing. I can not sew with a pattern. I used to be in this historical reinactment group (Society for Creative Anachronism... which is worldwide, so believe is on your side of the pond as well) and used to make my own clothes, including 16th century Elizabethan garb among other stuff. Nope, no patterns. Made stuff that fit me perfectly, though. Made what I thought would be an easy 14th century dress once, with a pattern... oh, it came out all wrong and was either too big in some areas and too small in others. What a mess following directions. LOL....
Thank you. I started on one (trying to use as much of my own wording as possible), but alas I can't finish it because it requires ms word. If you pm me with your email I can send you the draft I have and you can add in what you see fit.
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