Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Behind Cinderella's Castle in Orlan
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We have PDD/NOS here which I guess is considered and autism spectrum disorder. She really didn't seem like it, but lately in addition to all of the other stuff, behavior (hitting, biting, throwing, hurting herself and others, temper tantrums), sleep and emotional issues are really ramping up so she is seeming more in the spectrum than she used to. Here is her intro, welcome to the board, hope you like it here...
Our daughter was adopted at birth in Feb. 2001. She was born to a birthmother with about 12 different risk factors, among them were alcoholism, prescription and street drug addiction (the scripts were ativan, dilantin and trazadone, particularly bad), advanced maternal age, poor health, chain smoking, homelessness, no prenatal until we entered the picture at the beginning of her third trimester and borderline gestational diabetes (as if the rest of it wasn't enough! LOL) Marjorie (the "baby" she'll always be my baby even tho she is a toddler now) has severe CNS delays, some dysmorphology and had retarded growth for her first 14 months (until we had a g-tube put in, a fundoplication done and figured out that she was allergic to corn.). I know what she has is at the very least FAE/FASD if not full blown FAS, mild Hypotonic (becoming hyper as she ages), Hemiplegic cerebral palsy, dyspraxia, Hyposensitive Sensory Integration Disorder (the more rare of the 2 types), she eats almost zero food by mouth, talks very little (apraxia) but does do some minimal adaptive American Sign Language. Lately, they have also been throwing around the PDD/NOS DX. We consider ourselves very lucky, although she does have quite a few issues, she is so much better off than we were told to hope for. She is a complete joy to be with and like almost all special needs kids has the greatest spirit even through all of her therapies, hospitalizations, etc.