Wesley was such a good baby!! He was a sweet, loving, happy and mellow baby! It was not until he was late hitting a lot of milestones that we thought something may be wrong or different. He didn’t start crawling until about 11 months, walking until about 15 months old, talking until 3, potty training at 4, etc… He started to have a lot of ear infections between ages 18months-3yrs (I thought they were pretty normal since I worked at a daycare). We ended up getting tubes in his ears due to fluid in the ears(twice). He started to get strep often and we had his tonsils and adenoids removed (all around age 3).
As he got older he seemed to kind of go into his own little world- sort of checked out. He would get a glazed over look in his eyes and he would be really difficult to reach. He is very hyper sensitive to sensory (sound, touch, taste)– constantly over stimulated. He would often chew on anything or constantly put things into his mouth, he would also cover his ears a lot he was very affected by loud noises. He is a pretty picky eater- seems to be mostly issues with certain textures. He has super strength and does not seem to feel much pain. Wesley is clumsy, uninterested in sports, fidgety and has several find motor issues.
Everything to Wesley is fight or flight- he finds most things threatening. He seems to be extremely emotionally reactive! He has been in a special ed class at school for the last few years and he struggles with bad behavior as well as with academics. He has global academic difficulty, and is very distracted and impulsive. He has little to no attention span and has a hard time sitting still and doing his work. Wesley struggles in social environments due to his inappropriate social interactions. He does not recognize personal boundaries- he will get into someone’s personal space, repeats the same questions over and over (what’s your name? Do you have a dog?, etc…) and because of this has a hard time making and keeping friends. He has no stranger danger- he is constantly talking to random strangers.
Wesley was diagnosed by a play therapist when he was 5 with Aspergers Autism. We have briefly tried medication but due to psychotic episodes we decided to go a safer treatment route. We tried putting him on a gluten free, dairy free, and soy free diet which we did see some good results. We also briefly tried brain balance- program designed to strengthen weaker side of the brain.