I've been chasing speech therapy for ds and I have to admit, chasing just about everything for ds since he was less than 2. I stumbled into an article about APD before and again recently. My ds does seem to fit the profile very closely. But, I don't want to go on a tangent. The special ed teacher at his school finally contacted me (in here defense she is one therapist for 4 shcools/about 2000 students), but wants to start the evaluations all over again.
This is a small summary of his history:
Slow speech development --- not saying "Mom" until 2.5yo. Had him evaluated and was not problematic enough for therapy.
Evaluated again at 4 and still not eligible. Keep in mind that the evaluations were done in Philadelphia County. They are very qualified therapists, but I think resources are extremely limited.
He has had continued speech issues --- gender (he for she, him for her, etc.), "slushy" speech, immaturity with the basics-- s, th, y, r, sounds and some others Had him evaluated through cyber school, had therapy approved, but un-enrolled before the IEP was written for the Fall.
This is why I'm concerned:
---cant pay attention if there's noise in the background if there is any distraction
---has difficulty remembering information such as directions, lists or multi-part stories.
---has difficulty hearing the difference between words or sounds that are similar and also, cant seem to identify rhymes.
--- has attention lapses and hyperactivity spurts when he needs to complete any tasks that take time.
---- has problems with reading comprehension in that he cant easily draw inferences from conversations
----has problems with the concept difficulty with the abstract, of riddles or other types of humor which is normal for his age, but he doesnt understand as well as his younger brother.
----He has amazing math skills with the exception of verbal math problems.
---- information difficult for your child to comprehend?
---- He is also very disorganized and forgetful
My biggest concern is that he seems to lack the ability to detect social cues from other children. I fear that is constantly more na´ve and gullible than other kids. Also, he cant sense if he is bothering someone or if they are upset. If you tell him that someone is upset he shows immense empathy, but he cant tell on his own.
I've considered that he may have a spectrum disorder as well, but I really don't think he is fitting into those categories, thankfully. However, he needs a little help.... I just want to make sure I give it to him. The good news is that we have stumbled into some of the recommendations I found (eye contact, quiet, organizing, note writing, highlighting reactions of others).
I just wanted to know the process for dx it and then, what is the therapy. Also, what are the general outcomes for this disorder and/or any other problems it may cause. Any advice would be really appreciated.