Therapy has been going pretty well. Last time she bumped us down to every other week. Woohoooooo! So there has been progress. We sit and chat like we are old friends. I love that about meeting with her, its like its not even therapy, which in my book is how its supposed to be. In my opinion, more gets accomplished.
We talked about what may have caused us to deteriorate to the point of more therapy. She suggested that all kids go through developmental stages and Son may have entered one when we started having problems. He probably didn't know how to deal with the new things happening to his body and his feelings. If that is the reason for everything, we very well could be back in therapy throughout different stages of his growing up. But, I know where and when to get help for us.
We talked about the CHOP study and their diagnosis of ADHD instead of Aspergers. Vickie definitely sees more sensory issues with Son and while she knows he is a very high functioning AS kid, she doesn't feel that he is ADHD. Of course, she wants to see the results of the testing done by CHOP to compare with what she knows of Son. She said she will be glad to point me toward the appropriate doctor when I get the results of the study just to make sure I am getting all the appropriate therapies for Son.
We talked about socialization opportunities for Son. Given where we live (in the middle of NO-WHERE, NJ) its going to take being creative. I suggested that we might go back to the Autism Center and she made a face. Not a good face either. She suggested that since Son is such high functioning AS, that he might not benefit from the groups there. He might be the one that the other kids aspire to be like. And while that is a wonderful thing, Son might not "get it" and might be more frustrated by the groups than getting anything out of it. She suggested Big Brothers / Big Sisters, finding a mentor from the local fire department, Boy Scouts, or back into swim lessons. I have to look into some of these options. If you have any suggestions, throw them my way, please!