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Ashley Bolen
September 26, 2019

My son was diagnosed with ASD and ADHD at age 4. I knew there was something wrong around 2 1/2 to 3 years old but didn’t want to come to terms with it. He hit all his milestones at a reasonable time until it came to talking. He probably didn’t actually start talking until he was 3 and started a Pre-K program twice a week. Then he started speech therapy at the local elementary school where they determined he had a developmental delay plus a speech delay. Where we live it is close to impossible to get therapy as soon as you can. So we had to wait until this summer to start occupational therapy. He has overcome so many speed bumps in the past year. He is in kindergarten now and doing great. He’s considered and inclusion student but they had to back him out of the class and reintroduce him because he became overwhelmed walking into his classroom with 20 sets of eyes staring at him. Now he goes to his developmental delay therapist first then to his classroom where he is slowly transitioned into it then pulled out to go back to his DDT and sent to an inclusion teacher to try and help him be included every day all day. He does speech therapy and occupational therapy twice a week at the school. Parents when a phycologist diagnosis your child with ASD please don’t panic and be scared. I was that mom that broke down and cried in the Dr office. They are going to be ok. School systems have classes and programs to help these babies adjust! My son LOVES numbers and can count extremely high for a kindergarten and add some pretty big numbers together.

Asma
August 26, 2019

Hi, very good article thanks for sharing.
You are excellent blogger

Alex Gaston
August 25, 2019

Thank you for this blog/site of Harvard. Much appreciated.

Dewang Kapadia
August 23, 2019

At which age, which vaccination is given ? Any studies ?

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