Monday, August 8, 2011

I was never really a fan of Statistics in school

Well as you can see from the title I've never been a fan of statistics but unfortunately you don't have to like them for them to impact your life.

Right after the Christmas holidays Zilla's Pre-K director pulled me aside to talk. Well lets just say that it's funny how one 10 minute conversation can change your perception of life as you know it. She explained to me in that little chat that Zilla wasn't developmentally on the same page as his classmates in addition to some "different" things he was doing (or not doing) like not being able to sustain eye contact with anyone, his total inability to answer "wh" questions like who, where, why, he couldn't seem to go into any real detail about anything, the "one-sided" conversations, his huge problem transitioning between activities and the Thomas obsession that we already knew about. These of course were things that once pointed out to me I could clearly see were not typical for the 4-5 year old kids in his class but I had dismissed them because they could easily be overlooked individually. I then started to REALLY notice a difference when I ate lunch with his class and could see how the other children were readily able to converse with me. So I took him to his Ped and then to a neuropsycologist and LONG story short he was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome (AS) which is under the Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) umbrella aka the Autism Spectrum. AS is most notable for the lack of "social graces" but there is a wide range of issues that AS individuals must learn to cope. Nothing has changed with Zilla we just now can explain some of his more 'interesting' characteristics. I'm not really wanting this to be a huge long post since it's my first once since I took a break to deal with first my divorce (which was finalized on our 9th Wedding Anniversary!!) and then all of the fun since then so I'll be posting more on this topic soon.

I'm glad I'm back - it will be nice to be able to talk about this.

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