On a good day, parenting will test the integrity of your character. On a bad day, parenting will test your will to live. Parenting children with trauma histories will cause you to test the integrity of everything and everyone you thought you knew, for the rest of your life.
~J. Skrobisz

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Question for RAD moms

the psychiatrist at the RTC says he and his staff have seen PDD-NOS when evaluating Sissy. I said it's common for RADs to mimic delays and spectral disorders, particularly because Sissy's brother is Asperger's. I also cited her Gilliam-Asperger Quotient scores the pscyhologist's psychometric testing came up with. Sissy consistently scores just outside the diagnosable parameters and the psychologist and I have gone round and round about wether or not to diagnose her as Asperger's but have always erred on the side of caution, citing her RADs diagnosis as the more likely culprit for her presentation as a delayed child.

Anyway, the RTC psychiatrist disagreed.

I told him not to put it in her file.

He agreed to that request.

So... how many of your RADishes got a misdiagnosis of PDD-NOS or Asperger's?


Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

ooh ooh ooh! Mine did! She got full out Autism Spectrum Disorder, and this from an ASD specialist. Later, another Dr commented in notes that she had the dx but was charming and interactive with him (hello RAD?). Anyway, I think she was about 2 1/2 or 3 at the time.
But, go figure, she came in to the clinic I worked at for Autism treatment and that is how we found her in the first place.

Diana said...

My most Radalicious one did early on. We've done some autism screenings, but they don't account for post-institutional behaviors, so they're pretty much useless. His older brother, though, does have more significant develptmental delays.

Brenda said...

Not here. Mine have been diagnosed with bipolar off and on over the years though. Not only does early institutional care cause delays but early childhood trauma. They can get stuck a the age when the trauma occured. You might want to check out www.childtrauma.org If you look around there he has a lot of info on trauma and the brain.