Autism & PA

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Hi- My almost 3 yr old has been participating in early intervention & has a diagnosis of PDD-Autism. He also has PA, EA, & we suspect TA-- testing Aug 31st. We are getting set for his first IEP mtg, and I have a letter from our allergist describing how PA can compromise his "breathing," exposure can cause "injury and death"-- I wrote the letter my allergist deleted a few things & signed. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] The letter also describes how my son is unable to communicate he's having a reaction and does not understand that food can harm him. He has a history of grabbing food and stuffing it in his mouth! Also, he has language that is mostly echolalic and very rare pragmatic language-- words that are his own, that he uses to communicate. He's also had 2 allergic reactions to unidentified allergens treated w/Benadryl-- beyond the TN contact exposure resulting in a pseudopod hive.

My question is- should I be advocating towards an IHP referenced over & over in his IEP, or a seperate 504 plan? Also, should I be pushing for a 1 to 1 assistant? He needs a lot of intervention, but I would honestly seriously be considering homeschooling if the allergies were the only issue. (Yes, I'm scared to death of him even being out of my sight)

Also, I looked through the archived discussions and didn't see any other PA/Autism posts-- am I the only one?

Thanks for reading!

------------------ Lindsay Mom to William (9/11/2004)

On Jul 1, 2007

I am pretty sure that Momma Bear has either one or two kids with autism and pa. Her email address might be in her profile. Also, there have been several threads in the Schools section about this.

On Jul 1, 2007

[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001477.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/001477.html[/url]

[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/002874.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum7/HTML/002874.html[/url]

yes, my email is in my profile, feel free to use it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Jul 1, 2007

There's a few autism and pa threads, give me today to work on locating them.

On Jul 1, 2007

I have know several children who have PA who also have Autism. My child does not have autism, but I have a cousin who does.

I recently read an article in (I think) Newsweek about severe allergies and Autism. I can't remember the title, but there was a picture of an Xray of a child's stomach. I wish I could find it again. If I do, I'll post it.

On Jul 1, 2007

I bumped a few threads, there are some more, got to run out right now....

On Jul 1, 2007

Welcome to the board [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] My friend has a PA child with a learning disability that involves communication, she has a one on one aide that has been essential - I think that havng an aide would be a neccessity for your son. (Food is a big issue at school in the early grades.)

On Jul 1, 2007

[url="http://www.reason.com/blog/show/120699.html"]http://www.reason.com/blog/show/120699.html[/url]

Interesting discussion. Well, it get's beefier a few scrolls down. I think, many of the comments from posters who probably are neither pa nor on the "Autism Spectrum" are commendable.

No advice, no guarantee regarding the accuracy, currentness, content, or applicability of the link in the post. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] What point at 50 indeed.

On Jul 2, 2007

Thank you- thank you all very much. Off to read...

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