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It is very hard at this age. In my experience, it could be either - she could be practicing her new word, or she could be trying to tell you something. ACK, right?! My DD2 just got in 3 of her 2-yr molars and she is 22 months - so yes! it could be teething.    My 9 year old recently went through frequent stomachaches due to a new medication she had to take and from that, DD2 started saying "hurt" all the time, especially at the dinner table. She would do it with a...
Trinity, my DD is 9 1/2 and not exactly like yours. However, for the last MANY years, I have been chalking things up to her just being different and difficult and working via therapist a million different ways behaviorally. I don't know what happened this year but it has ramped up to the point where I can no longer see her as just her own difficult but amazing personality. Now, I am NOT saying your DD is like this, in fact I hope for you that she will grow and respond to...
SpottedFoxx, no worries, I did not take it meanly!   We definitely need help with how to help DD and how to run this household/family so her needs are supported but we don't feel like everyone is walking on eggshells around here. I guess that's the bottom line. I know that once we find someone for the CBT (and any other treatment we may need), I sincerely hope they will work with us as parents, too. I am getting tired of this guessing game.   I think I may have...
Thank you both. I actually spoke to the guidance counselor and she got permission from the teacher for DD to suck candies or chew gum in class (sucking preferred, to avoid excessive questioning). I was impressed! I also did not realize that this was apparently common. I wish I understood why, but am glad for now that she can do something that will help a little!
Linda, YES! She loves swimming and feels happy when swimming. It's a challenge in the winter and although we do have access to a pool at our family gym, we go less than we'd like because doing anything seems to cause upheaval. Funny you should mention that. I will look into a swim team, and think about how to get her doing laps more, and just playing. She does have 2 dance classes that she loves. I have noticed though that her baseline seems pretty low. Whenever we do...
Yes... can you explain, HarperRose? I have 2 professionals (not specialists in ASD) telling me I'm silly to get DD evaluated for Aspergers because, though she has a lot of other symptoms, she is interactive with others and well rounded. "Aspergers kids want to sit around talking about the train schedule all day" was said to me.    
OK. She has been diagnosed with Anxiety/OCD, which is a huge piece. I just don't know how far reaching the ramifications are, or if there is another issue at hand. A lot of her stuff might be a result of severe OCD, but could also be ADHD, Aspergers, Sensory stuff.   One of the major issues is her extreme meltdowns. (She is 9 1/2.) She is especially triggered by: a lot of noise like screaming; non-compliance with procedures (including friends coming over and using...
If you don't get much info on here, I would start really actively talking to people in your area and getting specifics. For example, I got rave reviews about the hospital closest to us in Newtown. But when we visited it was a different vibe. It was lovely and nice, but I could tell they weren't that excited about having to follow my birth plan. So some people would not be bothered by that. You should ask specific questions like how many people can be in the room. I would...
I used to live in Woodstock, and there were a lot of people with exemptions there. We vaxed our first, so it wasn't an issue. I think it's gonna depend where upstate you are.   We're now in PA, and only partly vaccinating our second, so I am also wondering about your question, since people seem to think the exemption is something I made up... !    
This is probably too far for you, but I had a wonderful experience with the midwives at Delaware Valley OBGYN in Princeton. They were marvelous and I succeeded in delivering naturally at Princeton Hospital, where they have a great relationship with the midwives so I knew there would be no interference unless (truly) necessary.   Wherever you go, I highly recommend a midwife - it's a whole different methodology - that giving birth is a state of health. They believe in...
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