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Adrian is our seven-year old son. By our I mean my husband Steve of nearly twelve years and my son. Adrian also happens to be one of many living on the autism spectrum. Our son falls at the higher functioning end of the spectrum and was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) on May 28,2010 at BRAINS a neuropsychology clinic in Grand Rapids, MI. Since then Adrian has started kindergarten in inclusion. This means that he is in a classroom with “neurotypical” children and has the same opportunities for learning as everyone else. He also has an aid that helps him and one other student. He has made great progress this year. He went from three years in our school districts PPI program where he was not able to write to Kindergarten where he has been scribbling and forming letters. School has made a huge impact on our son. Next year he will move to First grade. He has been on half day scheduling for four years. This coming year will be a full day schedule. I am positive this will bring more stress but am hopeful that it will also bring greater improvement. Last year Adrian did Occupational Therapy at Generation Care here in Muskegon, MI. I am not sure if he will do O/T but he will be in a social play group there this summer. I am hoping this will further his desire for interaction with peers. We are so lucky to have a child as amazing as he is and there’s always hope. It’s important to remember that 🙂

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About The Spectrum Mom

I am mom to two amazing children!! Jade my oldest is ten and Adrian is 7. My life happens to have one beautiful blessing in disguise the chance to be a mom to a child on the Autism Spectrum. Adrian was diagnosed with PDD-NOS on May 28, 2010 shortly after his sixth birthday. Since the start of our lives on the spectrum I have read books, watched numerous programs, found therapists, tried to navigate the public school system and special education. Looked into special diets (Adrian is currently on GFCF and we have seen tremendous improvement) and tried various medicines to help him. In addition to ASD Adrian also is diagnosed with ADHD and a seizure disorder BRE. This blog will mostly be about ASD and my life caring for Adrian.

Posted on June 7, 2011, in Genetics & Health and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Wow. I’m glad they’re putting him in a better program, but I can see what you mean about stress. I hope that it all goes well and that you will see more awesome improvements! So glad you got a diagnosis to bring some answers to your family and for all the therapies and stuff that you guys are finding since then! Love you guys! Kiss my Adry for me! ❤

  2. He will be in a first grade general education classroom and in a resource room next year. We are excited 🙂

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