My son is 7 years old and has already been diagnosed with ADHD (when he was 5). We have an appointment for a psychological evaluation on Tuesday that I am sure will lead to a diagnosis of Aspbergers. This is in preparation for the coming school year - I received zero assistance from the school last year. They thought he was fine - no IEP or anything needed. He went to see the speech therapist when he needed a break. He wasn't needing speech therapy. I am frustrated and angry over this process.
I am just having a tough day, it's been a tough week. I have come to the realization that his ADHD meds aren't working anymore and his Aspbergers is more prevalent. (not sure if that is due to the meds not working or what)
I work for a non-profit company that serves individuals with all types of disabilities (cognitive and physical) and I am trying some techniques that other staff utilize daily with individuals within our services (I am just clerical support). Re-directing, breathing techniques, taking a break, etc.
I think I have just reached pivotal point - I'm in new territory and I am loosing my mind because I don't know if I am strong enough to do this. It's going to be a lot harder than I thought. I know that once there is an official diagnosis, I will have to "train" 15 family members on how best to interact with my son. For example, telling him to be quiet and use his inside voice won't work. (constant battle on one side)
I know I'm safe venting these feelings here, my friends and family just don't understand and we are having some of the same issues coming up over and over again. So not looking forward to the holidays (that is a topic for another day). Okay, thanks so much for letting me vent, already feeling better and had a nice little cry as I wrote this post. Sorry it's so long. I appreciate any advice any of you have to offer!
Michele - aka "Stampin' Mama"