We recently went back for Liam’s Re-Evaluation with the Developmental Pediatrician. He took back the PDD-NOS diagnosis and officially gave him an Autism diagnosis. Which was hard. It is so easy to get sucked into our new normal and I know that PDD and Autism are part of the same spectrum and that when the new DSM comes out there won’t even be an Autism/PDD diagnosis anymore it was just hard (that is really the only word I can think to use).
He has made huge improvements though! His language has jumped from a 7-9 month old level to a 12-14 month old level since the first time we were at the Dev. Pedi which is awesome. He still uses his signs and he can verbally say “No”…which he does…a LOT! He can also verbally count to four. He does is spontaneously and at random times (climbing the stairs, counting fingers and toys) which is awesome! He knows some of his body parts and likes lots of music.
The progress is awesome but there is still a lot of work to do. He still doesn’t say “Mama or Daddy” or lots of other things but we are trying to move forward.
We are also going to be having Liam tested for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) due to some white skin tags Liam’s Geneticist found under a black light when she examined him. His initial blood work came back normal but we had to wait for that to come back before we could test for the TSC thanks to insurance. So for now it’s more waiting.