We have gotten conflicting opinions about our 3 yr old grandson (who we are raising), but the eventual diagnosis was PDD NOS. We are told that his behavior falls within the autistic spectrum but is not typical with many of the behaviors associated with autism. Since there is so much that is not known about autism, I am reaching out to others who are parenting an autistic child, because I feel that they are the "experts" in this field. Please let me share our story and I would appreciate any advice or opinions anyone has to offer. Kendal turned 3 on Jan.19th and he just recently began to talk. He uses simple 2 or 3 word sentences to express his needs and responds (when he feels like it!) to requests. But the odd thing is he will randomly come out with umprompted expressions which are appropriate to the situation, such as "pooh bear, how are you doing? It's so good to see you again". He is also unusually fascinated with numbers and letters and is beginning to spell and read, has mastered the addition tables, is working on subtraction, counts to 100, knows the months of the year and days of the week. Yet he has no clue about potty training,cannot tell me how his day was in preschool, and can only parallel play with other children, but does not appropriately interact with them. He has "meltdowns" sometimes when we take him out, for example tonight at a restaurant he screamed to the point we had to leave because the Red Robin character was not there like he was last time. He remembers everything!!! I guess my main question is, have any of you seen exceptional apptitude in your children, despite their autistic tendancies? Also, any advice on potty training tips would so greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance for sharing your stories!
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