A partial diagnosis.

So we took our son back to see the pediatric neurologist today, an appointment I’ve been looking forward to for some time.

Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to come to any solid conclusions. It’s clearly some sort of Pervasive Developmental Disorder, but he says he’s reluctant to put it solidly in the autism spectrum. If it _is_ autism, it’d be a very high-functioning type. Asperger’s is out of the question – he’s exhibiting exactly the wrong set of behaviors for that. We haven’t had an MRI done yet (at his age, you have to put them under general anaesthesia or they won’t hold still), and it doesn’t help that the blood tests we had done six months ago somehow never made it from St Vincent to Riley, although the urine tests did, thankfully.

About all he can offer is right now is PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified) – meaning, it’s a PDD, but it just doesn’t seem to fit any subcategories.

At the suggestion of a co-worker whose area of expertise is childhood development and education, I inquired whether an auditory processing disorder might be at work. He said that was something worth looking into, since APD is frequently co-morbid with other disorders like autism and AD/HD.

He gave us the name of another specialist, whom we’re going to try to set up an appointment with. That probably won’t be for a couple of months yet.

This might sound strange, but despite the lack of a definitive diagnosis, I feel better. Like we’re on the right path, making progress.

On the downside, we think he’s also coming down with a cold or something. If it’s not one thing… 🙂


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