So my 3 year old son was diagnosed in the autism spectrum today

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    We've known some things weren't right for a while, but it's mostly delays in speech and just assumed it wasn't anything specific and just something he would eventually overcome.

    He's been getting kind of obsessed about things though. Right now he loves lights. Turning them on, talking about them being on, etc.

    He doesn't have most of the extreme characteristics like banging his head, flapping his heads, etc. He's mostly pretty normal from an outside viewpoint.

    He has trouble initiating friendships in social situations, but if another kid engages him and he becomes comfortable he eventually blends right in.

    He makes great eye contact too, which is apparently pretty important.

    The Neurologist says that he is so high functioning that he expects him to eventually grow out of it with the proper therapy and go on to live a normal life.

    I think he'll be fine too. He's pretty "normal" except for those few setbacks.

    Surprisingly, I'm taking it pretty well. I'm pretty familiar with autism, my best friend I grew up with's brother was really bad as a young child. He had all of the classic symptoms that you think of like the hand flapping, the freak-out temper tantrums over nothing, the strange obsessions with things that don't really seem to make sense. He was really hard to communicate with for the longest time. And now he's in his 20's and he's pretty normal for the most part, except that he's a bit socially awkward. It only presents itself when you have a conversation with him.

    So if someone as extremely autistic as him can progress that well from the therapy that existed 20 years ago, then I think my son will be fine.
     
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    Paulie, sounds like your son has a similar diagnosis to my daughter. DO you have a good doctor? Our specialists thinks our almost 3 year old will actually grow out of it.

    Prayers to you my good man, it isn't easy finding something like that out.
     
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    I have three suggestions for you:

    1. Therapy
    2. Therapy
    3. Therapy

    I believe it works, but it will be a fulltime job.

    My cousin's son (they live in the Philly area) has autism spectrum. I saw him last April when he was 5 and he was repeating everything that was said and would not interact with my then 4 year old. They did therapy of various types for a year, and I saw him last month.

    He had improved dramatically...he was interactive with adults and with my 5 year old. He was very intrigued with spacial things (wanting to know what was behind each door) and mechanical things (like the ceiling fan)...but he seemed essentially normal. I believe they had refined the dx to Aspergers.

    If you are in the Philly area (Northwestern), I could find out some names for you if you'd like.
     
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    There are many spectrums to autism Paulie, many famous people had a form of autism.

    Daryl Hannah and Dan Aykroid are just two of them.

    It's going to be ok my friend.



    Famous People With Autism
     
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    We were diagnosed at BOston's Childrens . Best damn hospital EVER IMO.
     
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    Today was his first visit to see a neurologist. Apparently this doctor is the man at this hospital, so I trust the prognosis. He's the head of Neurology there. You don't get an appointment with him as quick as we got one. Our pediatrician pulled some strings and got us in with a couple day's notice. Originally we were on a waiting list until January.
     
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    One of the boys with autism in our school had the highest ISTEP Score for his grade level last year. (Our state's standardized test)

    He's only 3, he has his whole life in front of him, expect great things out of your son Paulie!
     
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    Glad to hear it, a good Dr makes all the difference in the world if you ask me.
     
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    There is a lot of resources out there right now.
    Right now I am going through what I should with my son for pre school, and I have many options. LIke you said, a lot of stuff has changed.
    You should see if they have a program at the school district. My son right now can go to pre school at a public school, but they also have therapy for the children, and they help them prepare for kindergarten, so they can be in a normal class.
     

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