Cameron was born prematurely and
as a result of this he was followed through a developmental clinic. It was
at his 18 month follow-up exam that we first heard the term PDD, pervasive
development disorder. Since he was still young the doctors told us not to
worry about it too much at this time, although it did help to explain some of
his odd 'habits', 'likes' and 'dislikes'. It was not until his 2 year
clinic that we were told he was displaying traits typical with the autism
spectrum. Some of the traits
lack of speech, he didnít even make babbling
noises as a baby and he didnít begin talking until he was about 4.5 years old
as he got older he would grunt and point to things
that he wanted
he preferred NOT to be held and would arch his
back away from you when picked up
he did not make any eye contact and to this day
has difficulty with that
- Cameron would spend hours, sometimes an entire day, lining up his little cars into straight lines and/or intricate patterns. He would become very upset if his work was interrupted or disturbed in any manner. We would sometimes try to move one car to see if he would notice. He did and would proceed to correct the misplaced item.
if he found a piece of string or rope, sometimes
even the garden hose, he would straighten it out and follow it back and forth
from one end to another over and over again
he would bang his head and it always seemed to be
on something hard. If he did start
on something soft, such as the sofa, he would move to the wall, floor or table.
After splitting his forehead open once the doctor told us he would most
likely stop but he didnít.
any type of outing was a challenge.
If he knew we were headed to a certain place but we took an alternate
route he would throw a fit in his car seat where he would bang back on the seat
Shopping was no easy chore as he often would bang
his head on the bar of the shopping cart and believe me, we received many stares
from people who just didnít understand
Where did we go from here:
The hospital doctors referred us to Child and Youth Services and through their child psychologist and speech/language pathologist we received confirmation that Cameron did indeed fit into the world of the autistic. From this moment on we began our quest to find out more about autism and to find out how we can best help Cameron.
We began obtaining services from the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre. We were able to meet with a child psychologist, an OT, a PT and a Music Therapist on a bi-weekly basis.
I will fill in more on this page when time permits.