Autism vs. PDD-NOS

This letter is to clarify your daughter Rosalie’s actual diagnosis.

At age two, her neurologist diagnosed her with both Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS) and Seizure Disorder.  PDD-NOS is not an unusual diagnosis as a two year old, as professionals sometimes want to continue following a child before a more specific diagnosis is given.

However, by the time Rosalie actually reached school age, her diagnosis was clearer.  At that time, the school system noted in their evaluation of 4/08 that she had Autism.  the resulting IEP clearly states that she was placed into a special self-contained class because she had an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Rosalie is currently enrolled in BA (school).  Based on my own observation and work with Rosalie, in addition to our lengthy discussion of her, I concur that she does have 299.00 Autism Disorder.  She meets the criteria based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Edition IV-TR.  Therefore for the purpose of providing treatment and education to her, Rosalie should be considered to have Autism.

Currently, Rosalie would benefit greatly from both Speech/Language Therapy, as well as Occupational therapy.  Perhaps your insurance coverage will allow for her to have these therapies as her problems stem from a genetic based disorder that was evident from infancy.  Further, the neurological complications that result in epilepsy further suggest that these therapies would benefit Rosalie.

Please pursue obtaining these therapies to help Rosalie perform better in school and at home, as well as set her up for a better quality of life.

Sincerely,

Psychologist name removed for privacy

Autism vs PDD-NOS

June 24, 2010 by eisme

I’m getting Rosalie’s paperwork together to submit to the psychologist.  She (the psychologist) is going to write up a report encapsulating all of Rosalie’s previous psych evaluations, medical diagnostics, etc., and give her the official diagnosis of Autism. She has been around Rosalie for summer school, and she has seen that Rosalie clearly has Autism – not PDD-NOS (her current diagnosis).

Main Entry: au·tism

Pronunciation: \ˈȯ-ˌti-zəm\

Function: noun

Date: 1948

: a variable developmental disorder that appears by age three and is characterized by impairment of the ability to form normal social relationships, by impairment of the ability to communicate with others, and by stereotyped behavior patterns

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autism
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