We had Roman’s monthly visit at Children’s Hospital to have him checked out and get his meds for the next month last week. It included the bimonthly blood draw. He was not very excited by the notion. We had to pin him on the bed while his blood (slowly) filled three vials. Poor guy. The nurse checked his vitals, gave us the medicine and sent us on our way. The visit took a whole 45 minutes, but the drive took two hours each way. Fun times, let me tell you.
We did receive the report from the psychologists and psychiatrist who tested Roman when the study started at his baseline visit. His performance had gone up since the last time he had the some of the testing done. The first section of the report went over the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale. He scored overall in the moderately low range. All of the categories except written communication and motor skills were below the adequate range. In particular, the receptive and expressive categories rated his age equivalent at 1 year and 3 months to 1 year and 4 months.
The next portion of the testing was the Autism Diagnostic Interview. Back in November, I was interviewed for a good hour and a half. The summary of this interview was simply that Roman met the cutoffs for a classification of autism in the areas of communication, social interaction, restricted and repetitive behavior. Well, duh.
The rest was more of the same. Not that I expected any different, I guess. How many times can you be told your child has autism? Okay, I believe it already.