Friday, April 13, 2007

Caden's Autism Team Evaluation Results

I'll give the nutshell since it was about an hour long. I went to meet with the team for results this afternoon. He is clearly autistic but not classic autistic. His vocabulary is way too high. He is definitely a sensory seeker and show alot of signs for adhd and ODD (oppositional defiance disorder). They're not ready to diagonse yet because of age, but once he starts school if he's exhibiting the same signs and not functioning well in school (at this point he wouldn't be, but i'll touch on that in a few) then will delve into that diagnosis then.

Anyways, Cognitively for speech, meaning understanding speech and able to carry on conversation he's at the 24 month level. This surprised me as I didn't realize he was that far behind, because he has a huge vocabulary but the understanding isn't really rhere. Gross motor skill he's slightly delayed at 36 months or 3 1/2 years. Fine motor skills he's a "solid" 24 months, not less not more. Once again we knew he was behind but putting an age on it really hits harder than I thought it would.

So, the plan of action. Take this report back to the school district and push harder to have him put into a special education class. The doctors have recommended 5 days a week. If they can't provide it push for them to help place him into a preschool specializing in special needs and for them to fund it. We are also at the point of possibly hiring an advocate as it seems this may be a long and dirty battle so to speak without one. At this point it's pretty evident that Caden would not do well i a school enviroment without a 1:1 ratio so ni the next year we'll be working on finding him an aid. Once he's in a public school (not just IEP) than they'll be "forced" to get him the help he needs. In the meantime, we chug along working with him in OT, and working on the school district getting him the resources he needs.


Kelly said...

I hope you are able to get him the help he needs. He sure is a handsome little guy!

loraine said...

Thanks for the updates, Elaina. Sean and you continue to amaze me. Please tell him for me. You both deserve praise and support. Hope the school system is helping more by now. loraine

liz.mccarthy said...

Hi, I saw your post on P2P...3 things:
1. There is a Kaiser-approved feeding therapy for nothern california... I'm in No cal and trying to get her program approved by my insurance.

2. I'd love a copy of hte letter you mentioned on your post on p2p, my email is: liz@ alizard. com (remove spaces)

3. You should join our support group for micro preemie parents :

my story is at:

Liz M (mom to micro preemie twins Kaitlyn and ^corinne^

Anonymous said...

Hey Elaina. You are amazing! We hope things are well with you.
~ Grace and Alix