No Longer a “Puzzle”: Autism Diagnosis for My Former Preemie

So my former 30-weeker was recently tested by the school in order to get a sense of her Individualized Education Plan (IEP) eligibility and yesterday I met with the School Psychologist to go over the results. The school definitely sees her on the spectrum of autism, basically Asperger’s Spectrum Disorder. It was a shock and I had a hard time with this at first, mainly because I was mentally kicking myself for not seeing the bigger picture of all of these different facets of my own daughter. How did I not know? All of the pieces of the “puzzle” were right in front of me! Then the Psychologist kindly reminded me that the signs of ASD are subtle and that Becky’s high IQ has a lot to do with this and her ability to adapt and compensate . . . and basically has fooled a lot of people.

My Becky Girl . . . I love her dearly and I will continue to be her dedicated advocate so that she not only thrives but also continues to truly blossom. All that we have done so far has gotten her where she is and though there is more work to do . . . I know she is capable of great things.

Has anyone out there had a similar experience in diagnosis of their preemie? I would love to hear from you.

One Comment on “No Longer a “Puzzle”: Autism Diagnosis for My Former Preemie”

  1. My wife (45 yrs old) was born at week 27. She weighed 1 lb, 7 oz.; her survival was considered extraordinary in 1967. Now, this very day, she has been tentatively identified as Asperger (or tending that way). For us this makes sense of such great and long-standing confusion about her personality and emotional challenges.

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