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Forum: Special Needs Parenting   04-03-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 480
Posted By fizgig
I don't have time to write much, but wanted to...

I don't have time to write much, but wanted to second the developmental pediatrician as the place to start.  The other two are much more limited in what they can diagnose (and what they are familiar...
Forum: Toddler Health   12-29-2013, 07:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 14,524
Posted By fizgig
This has been very helpful to us when our DS was...

This has been very helpful to us when our DS was feverish.  It conforms with our Ped's advice.
 
http://www.pamf.org/children/common/fever/
 
Some quotes:
"When a child has a fever, the main...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-05-2013, 02:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,130
Posted By fizgig
Totally just my opinion, but I would informally...

Totally just my opinion, but I would informally tell someone at the old school.  No need to make a formal complaint, but maybe mention to another parent?  Or even her former teacher, just as in,...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   12-03-2013, 06:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 735
Posted By fizgig
To be perfectly blunt, your in-laws are wrong. ...

To be perfectly blunt, your in-laws are wrong.  Completely, 100% wrong about what is appropriate or even helpful for a 4 year old.  If you are worried, look at the research out there on just about...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-29-2013, 05:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 403
Posted By fizgig
Sadly Early Intervention isn't really "supposed"...

Sadly Early Intervention isn't really "supposed" to be in the business of giving your child a diagnosis - they are really supposed to be focusing on where your child is, strengths and weaknesses,...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-29-2013, 12:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 175
Posted By fizgig
Can you do non-dairy yogurt?  I ask because that...

Can you do non-dairy yogurt?  I ask because that has been the only way I've consistently gotten anything into our DS.  Something about the flavor of yogurt masks the supplements.  When we were off...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-29-2013, 09:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 403
Posted By fizgig
This is a relatively contentious question...

This is a relatively contentious question because ABA covers a HUGE range of therapies though the differences are rarely discussed.
 
ABA began at UCLA in the 70s and was used to treat severely...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-21-2013, 05:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 480
Posted By fizgig
We have a VERY spirited, terrible sleeper.  This...

We have a VERY spirited, terrible sleeper.  This has worked fairly well for us.  Not 100%, but we have it set for 6 and I can say "is the green light on?" and he knows its not time to get up.  The...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-18-2013, 06:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 395
Posted By fizgig
Well, this could be totally wrong so take it...

Well, this could be totally wrong so take it with a grain of salt, but could there be something sensory going on?  We have a massively sensory seeking DS that sounds very similar.  He is a generally...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-13-2013, 09:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 277
Posted By fizgig
I'll agree with everyone.  It is possible to...

I'll agree with everyone.  It is possible to lack joint attention and have language delays and not be on the spectrum. 
 
Our DS had mediocre joint attention at that age, and almost no words.  He...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-11-2013, 03:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 290
Posted By fizgig
Oh wow, I just reread your post and see that...

Oh wow, I just reread your post and see that your little one is 22 months.  That is VERY young, if he's got a handful of words, I really wouldn't bee all that concerned :)  Not that it would hurt to...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-11-2013, 09:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 290
Posted By fizgig
I highly, highly recommend two books. 1. "Play...

I highly, highly recommend two books.
1. "Play to Talk" by James MacDonald
2. "It takes Two to Talk" which is a Hanen publication
 
Both are available on Amazon, and both have been AMAZING at...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-10-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 202
Posted By fizgig
askew, We went through something very similar...

askew, We went through something very similar with DS who has severe language delays.
 
Our development ped and many others also warned us off special ed programs.  We did try putting him in an EI...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-03-2013, 05:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 228
Posted By fizgig
Having just weened my sensory seeking almost 5...

Having just weened my sensory seeking almost 5 year old, I 100% understand how you feel.
 
At around 3 years old, I began to dread nursing him much of the time.  Partially because he wanted to...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-01-2013, 06:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 376
Posted By fizgig
All sounds totally normal to me as well.  My...

All sounds totally normal to me as well.  My rule of thumb, if something is interfering with a child's ability to function in the world, it is something to get checked out. 
 
All the things you...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   09-26-2013, 01:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 200
Posted By fizgig
As the mom of a 4.5 year old "almost" potty...

As the mom of a 4.5 year old "almost" potty trained (he still has accidents whenever he has anything on his bottom), I think you should just let things be - cut back on any pressure, maybe stop...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-18-2013, 08:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 582
Posted By fizgig
It sounds like you are providing amazing support...

It sounds like you are providing amazing support for your DS! 
 
I think the evaluation team you saw sounds very good because sometimes children are just too young to accurately evaluate.
 
Our...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   09-03-2013, 04:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 293
Posted By fizgig
pattimomma, I've actually never heard of late...

pattimomma, I've actually never heard of late potty training being seen as a delay alone.  There is actually a girl in our DS's typical preschool who is still not potty trained at 4.5. She is...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   08-30-2013, 05:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 563
Posted By fizgig
mleigh23, the line between aspergers and autism...

mleigh23, the line between aspergers and autism is fairly contested. 

It is my understanding that kids with aspergers can have some initial delay in acquiring speech but that, when they do start...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   08-26-2013, 09:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 353
Posted By fizgig
I did.  It was a combination of circumstances -...

I did.  It was a combination of circumstances - we were all struggling to balance work and our SN DS.  I was a full time professor so my schedule was flexible but we were all miserable and DS was...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   08-07-2013, 06:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 515
Posted By fizgig
I'm not home right now so don't have much to...

I'm not home right now so don't have much to send, but by far the best clearing house of info about CAS online has been:

http://www.apraxia-kids.org/learn-about-apraxia/library/

Their research...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-07-2013, 10:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,182
Posted By fizgig
You need to see a series of specialists right...

You need to see a series of specialists right away.  Seriously.  What you are describing is not normal, and advice that helps children with "difficult" sleep is not what you need right now, because...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   08-03-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 515
Posted By fizgig
pattimomma, yes, CAS treatment usually focuses...

pattimomma, yes, CAS treatment usually focuses on repetition of sounds which is exactly the opposite of how most SLPs are trained these days.
 
This is why I cringe when people say "who cares...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   08-01-2013, 02:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 515
Posted By fizgig
I'm so sorry you are feeling overwhelmed!    ...

I'm so sorry you are feeling overwhelmed! 
 
I only have one special needs child so I'm afraid I don't have any btdt advice, but our DS does have a tentative dx of CAS, and there is a great book,...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-30-2013, 06:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 735
Posted By fizgig
I just happened to see this post and wanted to...

I just happened to see this post and wanted to reply - when I was little I didn't really learn to read until 4th grade.  It was a combination of bad eyesight and dyslexia.  I REALLY wish someone had...
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