I was actually able to ask the evaluator years later, why she had diagnosed him with PDD-NOS instead of Autism and she said it was because how connected he was to me. Because he cuddled with me, made eye contact with me, craved my social presence, and shared his world with me she didn’t think he met the textbook diagnosis of Autism.
Here’s the thing. That is a myth.
My top ten pieces of advice for parents who are just starting out on this autism road. Things like figuring out all the acronyms and making sure to keep your sanity.
Do you remember where you were when you heard about the attacks on 9/11? I do. Yet I don’t remember what I ate for breakfast today. It’s crazy what your memory will store when there is a traumatic incident. Do you remember the day your child was diagnosed with autism? Same thing. June 6, 2007. […]
I made this scrapbook page about a month or two after Brian’s initial diagnosis- at the time it was PDD-NOS, I think our first evaluator just wanted to ease us into the world- as later on we realized he was definitely “full-blown” autistic- as the next two evaluations confirmed. I love this layout though- and […]