Dont know what to believe

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Dont know what to believe

Postby Sasha » Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:50 pm

I have no idea if this is the right place to post this, but it seems to fit...

Our 2yod son has multiple health problems. In addition to other specialist in direct relation to his physical health he also attends occupational therapy (O.T.) and Speech therapy 2 times a week. They just recently added the speech and moved it from once a week to twice a week. He has major sensory problems which can make for loooong days.
I have been looking online for some of the learning/therapy tools that they use with him to purchase for at home use and have been looking for books to help me help him with his speech delays and sensory problems. During my research over and over again the terms ADHD and Asperger's kept turning up. So today at therapy I asked the therapist if she was leaning towards a diagnoses. She said yes but they needed to keep evaluating him for a while yet to be sure. I asked what and her answer shocked me. She said that they were leaning towards him having problems because he is highly intelligent. WHAT???!!!! I am so confused now. High intelligence can cause speech and motor delays? How in the world do you deem high intelligence in a 2 year old? Don't get me wrong that was great news especially since I was prepared for a VERY different answer. What do you all think? Is it second opinion time?
Thank you all for any advice/experience you can offer about this. I really just don't know what to think anymore.
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Postby 4given » Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:31 am

I just ran across this article about Asperger's:

"Asperger syndrome represents that portion of the PDD continuum which is characterized by higher cognitive abilities (at least normal IQ by definition, and sometimes ranging up into the very superior range)..."

Most things I run across on Asperger's DO mention certain developmental delays.

Of course, this is just FYI. I have a son that fits this scenario, though we have not pursued a dx. For me, I just file the info in my mind as a point of reference. It helps me to handle him with more understanding.

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