Zac at his Best

8/19/2014

I never thought that my blog would be a great help to other mothers out there. My real purpose for doing this is to simple track Zac's development on his therapy (aside from giving tips on how to make money at home).

And very recently, I got a message from a mom who works abroad and she wants to contact the doctor I mentioned on my previous posts.

It was such a nice feeling talking to someone in the same situation. It was a great talk...and she even mentioned that her daughter tends to show signs of autism like lining up toys, and it bothers her a lot. I was baffled, because Zac does the same thing but I never thought that it's a case of autism. Maybe because I don't know anything about autism. And also, my instinct was Zac is more likely delayed compared to kids of his age since he had a surgery at a very young age. From then on, his growth and mental development really slowed down. He started walking when he was three and he can barely speak.

So my curiosity strikes again and so I started researching about autism, and how it differs from global developmental delay. I learned that signs are somehow similar, but specialists can really determine the condition after a series of program and therapy sessions. Children with global developmental delay are more likely to improve compared to children with autism. An initial assessment of a specialist can also determine the stages of delay or autism, as it would require children to interact with series of intellectual and motor skills tests, just like what we had with Dr. Jack Herrin.

And to give you an idea I decided to list down some of Zac's unusual and weirdest behavior. 
• lining up or stacking up toys
• spinning wheels (toys and bicycle)
• throwing things over the fence, or outside the window (cellphones not exempted)
• spreading baby powder/perfume all over the floor
• jumping on bed and landing on his butt (he's so fond of doing this)
• turning the TV on and off or changing channels
• pulling out plugs
• turning lights on and off
• turning on shower and faucets

And some of his tantrums behavior are:
• knocking off things 
• hitting someone or something
• running vigorously while crying out loud
• throwing hard objects right on someone else's face
• scratching someone's face

Also, if he knew he did something wrong he would show it to me or his dad, or to someone closest to him and then he'll go hiding at someone else's back to take cover.

But don't get me wrong, this is not how he behaves everyday. He's so adorable and very funny. I guess, we have ups and downs, and every day is a roller coaster ride but at the end of the day, we're all happy and excited for another day.

Still, I firmly believe that time will come and he will be like other kids, attending regular schools and enjoying childhood. For now, our main priority is to help him develop his motor skills and I'm glad he's improving better and better everyday. I'm so happy!

Does your child behave the same way? Did you notice that there's something wrong? Ask your pediatrician or better yet get an appointment with a child specialist. It's better to get your child diagnosed and treated at an early age.

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