I imagine, as it’s just a few days before Christmas, there are a lot of excited children out there. The younger ones especially.
In terms of my grandchildren, Riley is 19 years old. Marley is now 14. So that leaves Andrew at age 8 as the youngest.
I don’t see the grandchildren much. Their moms are busy. Riley is in college. Marley plays softball much of the time. Plus Riley and Marley divide their time between their mom and their dad. And their dad lives in a town just outside Tulsa.
Autism & ADHD:
Unfortunately Andrew can’t stay still for more than a few seconds with both autism and ADHD. He has what is called a double diagnosis. Thus not all his behavioral problems are related to autism.
He’s come here, but no sooner does he sit down before he jumps up and wants to go, go, go. There’s no point in trying to keep him in one place.
Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often coincide, but the search for common biological roots has turned up conflicting evidence.
The poor kid has trouble at school or wherever else he goes. No medication seems to help and the doctors have been trying various ones for years. His parents are often at their wits end.
His dad takes him fishing, which is his favorite thing to do.
He wants to be a fisherman when he grows up; I don’t know if he realizes that he already is a fisherman. It’s one activity where he can hopefully concentrate a little bit. Out where it is quiet and there are fewer distractions.
My younger daughter and her husband did not want more than one child. She was already in her mid-thirties when Andrew was born.
But parents who do want more children face a very difficult decision.
Tests For Autism:
Apparently ultrasounds are not conclusive; so the parents should seek confirmation with tests that detect mutations.
According to Spectrum News: Diagnostic tests too, though, are less than definitive because researchers are still trying to understand how any given mutation might lead to autism.
“Most autism is probably polygenic, meaning there are many, many genes contributing to it,” says Neil Risch, a genetic epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco.
Parents not only want to know whether their baby may be autistic, they want to know the level of support the child will require. They want to know the consequences of raising a child on the spectrum, and if early knowledge of the condition is helpful.
Some experts believe parents with relatives on the spectrum should undergo genetic counseling before having (more) children.
Do you have someone on the autism spectrum in your family? Or more than one?