From autism to ADHD

My son’s triennial assessment is going on right now and I just filled out an interesting parent form. One I haven’t seen before but knew instantly what it was when I read the questions. ADHD questionnaire. I searched for the name of the test and found it on the side margin, Connors 3.

In so many ways, this is good news (so far). It looks like it means they no longer think he has autism (yay, me! I worked hard to get it that way!) but now they want to assess for ADHD.

To be honest, they could’ve just asked me and saved us all the time. Yes. There ya go, no need for a questionnaire. In everything I’ve done, I’ve managed to deal with the autism but the ADHD is still such a huge problem. I’m not sure what more I can do.

Gryffin had a diagnosis of moderate to severe autism and to see the autism fade has been more than I could’ve ever dreamed but sometimes I look at the ADHD issues and think it’s harder to crack than autism ever thought it could be.

Who knows, maybe we’ll have our IEP and instead of saying they don’t think he has autism, they’ll say they think he has autism and ADHD. That ought to be a riot since the autism diagnosis specifically excludes any other diagnosis as part of the condition.

But I don’t think that’ll happen. When I see Gryffin, I see ADHD, not autism.

Sheesh. It’s hard to even think about it right now.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 21:45:22

    Ah! I just blogged about ADHD tonight. How often would one respond with "congratulations" after a child is diagnosed with ADHD? Good work, Cheryl. In a crazy way, that is awesome news. You'll get there. You've come this far.-Tammy

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  2. Cheryl
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 22:15:11

    Ha ha! I know, right? Congrats on ADHD…

    Reply

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