Wednesday, October 28, 2009


In preparation for Tyler's evaluation with a developmental pediatrician I looked up the all-knowing, always confusing, ever elusive DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders version 4). This is what caught us off-guard the most at his appointment with the pediatric psychologist and probably frustrated us the most. The psychologist didn't interact with Tyler at all but instead asked us some questions and went through a diagnostic check-list in the DSM-IV. On the way home I rethought some of my answers and wondered if I had answered correctly. I had no way of knowing....until now. I found the DSM-IV online!

After looking over the checklist I came up with 3 things that fit Tyler. You need at least 6 (out of 12) to qualify for any form of PDD. So now I am even more anxious for this second opinion!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Anyone There???

It's been 3 months since my last update on Tyler. We have kept him on milk and finished the supplement program. For a while everything seemed good. His ST came back from maternity leave and was encouraged by his progress. Then, about mid-September he started to regress. More random statements. More SI behaviors. More things that I can't explain. I was discouraged, to say the least.

We discussed this with his ST and she said that she has seen at least 2-3 kids in her care get a lot of benefits from going gluten free. She also said that if we change anything to be sure that we DON'T tell her.

Last week I emailed Dianne Craft to see if she had any suggestions. She recommended putting him back on the program along with doing a six week trial gluten free diet. I had already considered this we go. We have a lot of family coming in town for the next 3 weeks, so during that time he'll be taking vitamins and be back to casein free. After that he'll go gluten free.