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Disorders and childhood

Last month we went to a kidney appointment for our son. I have often wondered since he was diagnosed with Autism whether or not his Renal disease was related to his Autism. We have already found that he has many other conditions that are in part related to Autism.For instance his ADHD. I was just reading a study this week that shows that ADHD and Autism are related. I have posted on this matter already.

His mood disorder seems to be directly related to Autism as well. I can not tell you how many times I have heard other parents say that their Autistic children also have mood issues. Then there is epilepsy. Adrian’s sister also has epilepsy so I expected he would have it as well and sure enough he does.

Auditory Processing Disorder(APD) seems to be another one that some children with ASD and ADHD have. Then there’s Sensory Processing Disorder(SPD). Both of which Adrian has.

I am wondering why all these diagnosis seem to go hand in hand. This question invades my thoughts every time I see some sign of one of my son’s many disorders or the three that my oldest child has.

These disorders interrupt all activity as I listen to my oldest child talk as fast as any person ever could or watch her run or jump. Two normal things that normal children would do but add in a little ADHD and some auditory issues and you have a potential disaster. A child who is so distracted she doesn’t hear or see a vehicle coming. Adrian is ten times worse!!! He has no fear of danger or being hurt so even not being distracted can cause him to walk in front of a vehicle. It is a scary thought for parents everywhere who are raising children with special needs.

Both of my children are also epileptic and that comes with an entirely new set of worries. What if my child seizes while no one is near, what if my child falls while seizing, what if the seize doesn’t stop, did my child take all of their medicine today, do we need a new medicine, will insurance cover this medicine? To worry is to be a parent. That is often how it seems.


Autism and ADHD

I was reading an article today which I will post here that concludes a study done on patients with ADHD and Autism who have copy variants. This means a duplication or deletion of chromosomes. The study went on to say that some of these copy variants can be linked to patients with ADHD and Autism and that 75 percent of children with Autism also have ADHD.

Adrian falls within this 75 percent. His sister and my only other living child has half of this scenario the ADHD half. While I am unsure whether she carries the duplications her brother inherited from me. I am pretty sure she does. I have to take her to have the test done.

Both children also have an Auditory Processing Disorder. More sign of my bad genes at work. I have one of my three siblings who have also had genetic testing done and it turns out she has a completely different genetic condition than I do yet at least two of her five children also have ADHD. How odd is that?

She keeps telling me the genetic lab wants to study our family because two different copy variants in full blooded siblings is extremely rare. I am supposed to be going back to the lab in December so they can track Adrian. One of the duplications I passed on to him is known to cause Autism.

I knew it was genetic because he has been they way he is since birth. Jade has too but her impressive earliness to meet milestones and rapid language development hid that fact from me. She has always been a brilliant child when it comes to those things. Last year we had to hire a private tutor to work with her because she was behind in math. She also started soccer which she loved.

The Auditory Processing Disorder distorts the way my children hear and learn. You can not find this disorder by doing a simple hearing test. It took six hours of neuropsychological testing to come to that conclusion for each of my children.

This would explain why my children do not respond to mine or my husband voice the first time or subsequent times. Why I am told I yell way too often by my mother who means well but infuriates me whenever she mentions it. I must yell in order to get their attention often. I used to think they were both just being defiant and maybe that is a part of it. But for the most part it is the fact that the connectors in their brains misconnect signals to their ears both the left ear. I think I have this disorder too though I have not been diagnosed. This disorder manifests as an inability to hear and can cause the person to speak louder than normally.