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Posted by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:07 AM
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My name is Pat, onscreen name jjsgranny.  My husband and I are raising our now 10 year old grandson whom we have had since he was a year old.  He has ADHD and mood swings and was recently diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Disorder of Written Expression.  I am new to these two Autism Spectrum disorders and do not know where to turn for support and answers to my many questions.  Hopefully I will be able to find what I need with this group.  Thank you for allowing me to join your group.

by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:07 AM
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dawncs
by New Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Welcome to the group! You can read more about Special Education and IEPs at http://www.wrightslaw.com/ for free. You can find activities for him to do through Special Olympics (http://www.specialolympics.org/), TheARC (http://www.thearc.org/), and Variety Club (http://www.usvariety.org/).

Dawn


Group owner of Different Learners Support Group (http://www.cafemom.com/group/118648)

jjsgranny
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Thank you for your suggestions.  I will look into them.  I had no idea that he had PPD-NOS and now that I have been reading up on it I can see many of the symptoms of this particular disorder.  He is now in regular school after spending 3 years in special classrooms that could deal with his mood swings and anger outbursts.  He seems to be struggling in school because he does not write very neatly and I think because his handwriting is so bad the teachers just mark his answers wrong.  He does great on multiple choice questions so I think I will have it put in his IEP that all tests be multiple choice.  School says they are working on his handwriting but I do not believe it.  Thanks for listening.

girlnextdoornco
by New Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Hi there, jjsgranny.  Bless you for taking on the care of your precious grandson.  It can't be easy being a grandparent and parenting all over again.  Here are few resources that I know about that Focus on the Family (I work there) recommends for parents of children with autisim. Dancing With Max by Emily Colson Boehme, Overcoming Autisim by Lynn Kern Koegel and The Autistic Spectrum by Lorna Wing. Hope this is helpful.  Hugs and prayers!

jjsgranny
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Thanks for the reading suggestions.  I will look those up.

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