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When It's More Than Just Squirrels.

 
Hulk being hulk!
 

  Hulk was a very lively baby, who hated to sleep alone. As he grew, he found a love for drawing. We would find his creations everywhere. On the walls, furniture, doors, and on any paper he could find. He has an amazing ability! He also has some uniquenesses. He loves dressing-up and being different characters, sometimes I think he'd rather be them than himself. 
Hulk has sensory processing disorder. The food on his plate can't touch. He occasionally has poor eye contact. Some noises, materials, and smells bother him.  I noticed these things around the same time Tink was diagnosed with ASD, so of course the thought was in the back of my head. Once you have one child on the spectrum, you get this radar for other kids. 
Hulk started school, Kindergarten, First grade went well. Except at home he was very hyperactive, impulsive, and couldn't focus. He was diagnosed with ADHD. By the end of First grade he was falling behind in reading and his teacher was concerned. In second grade he started a reading program to help him. He made some progress by the end of that school year, so they had him do the summer program for more help. He was progressing. Then in the began of this year he regressed back two levels. He started complaining about stomach aches and the cafeteria was too load. That word "regressed" I had heard that word before... Could it be ASD again? 
After a meeting with his teachers, it was decided to do some testing and we started the long process for a consult with our developmental pediatrician.
School testing revealed he had social anxiety and was extremely bright with a IQ of 120. That surprised me, how can a super smart child have issues with reading? Due to the anxiety, he received an IEP; however, we did not pursue the ASD in school because of our past experience with our school district. We are "marked" parents. 
 Recently, at our developmental pediatrician appointment, Hulk was given the ADOS evaluation and scored in the moderate range. The end result was a diagnosis - ASD level 1 without intellectual or speech impairment. 
It was ASD once again and I was relieved. 
He was given the "key" to services that will allow him to become successful, and to open doors to the future.

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