My intro post gives the details, but I have 4 special and unique children, as well as a special needs DH. I Attachment Parented co-slept aand extended BF all my kids.
DH and two of our sons have Asperger's syndrome with all the autism spectrum issues that come with it. My DD in addition is strongly traited, if not fully blown AS. She at least is ADD/LD/Gifted, with sensory issues! I am still deciding whether or not to persue a diagnosis for her, but she is thriving in the homeschool/learning center situation we have set up for her so for now while she is just starting puberty I am not going to rock the boat! My youngest child Nick is 2.5 and I am mostly sure he's neurologically "normal" although very spirited
He pretends typically and tells me how he's feeling. He has overall seemed more "integrated" since birth, slept better, ate better, just more calm and "together" Easygoing baby, but very energetic and busy now
Typical mischevious 2 1/2 yr old who likes teasing his siblings LOL
My AS kids are actually very affectionate and have friends so it was hard to disgnose them.
My older son seemed to have overcome his issues and did great in school until our move, and this last year he just fell apart. Anxiety and the increased workload of 3rd grade were just too much. He spent most of the school year immersed in his Harry Potter book re-reading it over and over to escape. His one bright spot was his thursday science TAG class where he made a friend. Max lived for thursdays this year!
Jake started K after a moderately sucessful preschool year ( they said K would be a challenge at his parent teacher conf) and didn't do very well. Academically he's brilliant, but he tests socially and emotionally at 24 months! He also has significant challenges with self-regulation melting down due to his low frustration tolerance. So it was a really rough time, and until we had a formal diagnosis I really struggled feeling judged by the teachers and other parents. It's hard to explain why your child has accidents at 6 and hides in the bookcase when stressed
He has made one friend though and I made friends with the mom