Fibromyalgia since 2007
Yes, Kerri, he is on a gfcf diet and it seems to be helping him. He is on probiotics, also. He is now 4 years old and is starting to talk in sentences and he rarely has outbursts of crying. He even likes being around other people and children.
She has him in a nursery school, but she goes with him so she can help him. A regular nursery school couldn't handle him by themselves. This one-on-one learning is really helping and he is functioning in the classroom. My niece does work with him all of the day. It is exhausting but it is paying off.
The DAN doctors are so expensive so that makes things really difficult. There is a wonderful school for autistic children in our area but it is $35,000 a year! No one can afford that so what my niece is doing is the next best thing.
My nephew has put together a nice web site explaining their trials and what they have been doing. Check your regular email. I'm emailing the site to you. You might get some ideas from it.
I know this is a difficult time for you, but hopefully your efforts will pay off big time! These children are so precious.
That is so helpful, thank you! I appreciate you sending me the web site info. It sounds like your niece is a devoted, wonderful mother! I am glad that your nephew is making such great progress! I will pick up Jenny's book (the latest one) and give it a read.
We won't be going to DAN! doctors, as we really just cannot afford it. But, he is receiving some early intervention services (though, I'm not certain he is getting enough) and is slated to be evaluated by the school system over the summer. If all goes well, and they do not resist providing what his doctor recommends, he will be going to a special preschool full time days, starting in the fall (he turns 3 Aug. 30th).
I am so glad to hear that your daughter is making progress. For how long has she been receiving therapy? We are going through EI & the IEP process now. I hope the school system recommends the amount of therapies we want for him.
I can understand about not wanting to change your daughter's diet. It's a big decision, as it's not the easiest or most frugal way to eat - plus, I'm not sure about your daughter, but my son is the pickiest eater I've ever encountered! I have been resistent to trying it, but am open to reading more and finding out more about it. Part of me wants to try it, just in case what I'm feeding him is contributing to his problems. Then again, part of me is not convinced that really does aggravate it in the first place.
Anne, do you belong to any forums for PDD's? I have checked out some, but I'm leary of joining one where the members push one way of doing things onto others.
Wow, Lost in Philly, your post brought tears to my eyes!
I will definately see which types of therapies we can do at home. Come to think of it, what his developmental specialist does with him each week would be easy to do at home. We do mirror what she does throughout the day, but we could have our own "sessions" as well. I will be sure to see what the private schools in my area are doing and also ask our therapist for book recommendations.