So.. Where exactly is my instruction manual??
This is my first post, though I have been ghosting your board for a week. I'm Kelly, my ASD kiddo is Hannah. She is 5. Sorry for the length in advance.
I always knew she was off. She was delayed in everything she has done. She walked at 18mths, didn't even crawl until she was 3. Her gait is stiff, akward. She was able to master running at 4.5. Academicly, she went into Kindergarten knowing how to write only the letter H and recognizing only two other letter. I had been working with her for years. She had been in daycare and went to PreK, and still had very limited skills. Oh.. The tantrums... The having to have things one way, the way you had to word things, the repeating, and repeating...
She had an OT for two years who was seeing what I was. She was the one who finally connected me to the right people. The school district tested her in Pre K and found nothing wrong with her. Come to find out, they tested the wrong Hannah. There were two blond hair, blue eyed Hannah's in the Pre K class. They tested the wrong one. She lost a year of services because of that mistake.
Last June she was diagnosed by a Neuro with ASD. Got her eval with the school dist. Started in July... They waited the ENTIRE 90 days to complete her evals. She now has an IEP. She also see's a therapist. She will be getting Intensvive in home therepy. I recorded one of her meltdowns so her therapist could see the reality rather then the one hour of good behavior they were seeing.
She has been suspended for a day from school for hitting the teacher. She throws chairs, books, turns over drinks, food, during her meltdowns. I can not identify all of her triggers, the teachers can not as well. What works on one day, may not on th next. What calms her down once, may not next time. There was another episode at school yesterday. She again hit her teacher. I was blindsided with this when I picked her up. She was going to see her therapist, so I left to pick her up to find this out. The principal didnt call, so she wasn't suspended... Yet. At home she is sent to her room to calm down. She will destroy the room, but once she calms down, will pick it back up. Tantrums last anywhere from 10mins to an hour and can occur several times a day.
The things she will scream out during a melt down... I will kill you, stab you shut up, leave me alone, .... I don't even know where the kill you, stab you came from. The child didnt even watch tv until she was 3. (Now she is intensly into tv)
She can also be the most loving, sweetest and empathetic little girl.
She has 2 younger brothers, in the house full time. Very rarely is anything directed at my 2yo... Generally her screaming at him to give back whatever he took. The baby there has been no aggression. However, a month ago she had a melt down at church for the first time ever and the teacher brought her to the nursery to calm down. No one got me... She was throwing things, and telling them she was going to kill the babies... They had never seen her in this mode. They now know to come and get me... And never bring her around other kids. She has other older siblings as well.
It seems like things are escalating... Hence the in home intensive therapy. She is not medicated. There is no "normal" with ASD... I know that. However, is there a high chance that the violence will get worse?
An instruction manual... Would be nice! Anyway... Hello!