WDW lover since 1972
- Jan 19, 2002
Have you ever heard of MERLD (Mixed Expressive Receptive Language Disorder)? MERLD kids have a lot of problems attending because their receptive language is so poor; they often have behavior problems because of this as well. They can look ADHD as well....some have great fine motor skills, others don't.My son was given his PDD-NOS diagnoses through 2 different sets of evaluations and by a neurologist.
From what was explained to me about PDD-NOS is that it is a spectrum disorder but isn't autism per se. Also from what my neurologist told me is they won't put a defined autism,asperger's or ADHD until he is 5 or 6. hence his PDD-NOS diagnosis which is an ASD but this can change as he gets older. He is just 3.
Besides his speech problems he has a slew of other problems that put him on the spectrum. He is a toewalker and has a problem with his fine motor skills. When he started with school he could not attend (as in he had not attention) he did not respond to his name, he did not look at people and he could not point at things with his pointer finger. Now he can do all of those most of the time.
My son loves to give hugs and hold hands which is one of the reasons I said he did not have a social problem.
My son would be eligible for services and special ed preschool in NYC for no other reason than his severe speech delay.
One way the PDD-NOS was explained to me in the beginning is you needed 12 traits to be considered truly autistic and the PDD-NOS diagnosis had less than the 12.
I am still learning all the terms and more about ASD, PDD-NOS and it all.