rapunzel_822 (rapunzel_822) wrote in babies2003,

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Hi! My name is Jamie, a 28 y.o. stay-at-home mom of five kids. They are aged 6, 5, 4, 2, and 1.

My 5 year old is named Lelan Bennet, but I call him Ben. My ex-husband named him after his deceased father, which is nice, but I do NOT like the name!! :P Ben is border-line autistic, but extremely intelligent. He was diagnosed with PDD (Pervasive Development Disorder), when he was two, and one of his main problems is that he's anti-social. While the other kids in the household were learning to talk and walk, he was sitting down looking at books and learning his alphabet. By age 2, he could repeat the entire alphabet, forwards and backwards.

By age 3, he could write his letters.

Age 4, he could read larger words.

Age 5, he is now in kindergarten, but has a special class to go to three times a week. He has already been tested for the gifted class (enrichment program), even though they normally don't do that until 2nd grade. He can read anything you set in front of him, and can write out long, complicated sentences with little to no help.

He is very highly developed in those areas, but in other areas, he is sorely lacking. He does not like physical contact, and often gets in trouble on the playground at school, because he does not want to be around other kids. We take the kids to the park often, since it's only three streets away from our home, and encourage him to climb the equipment, and make a HUGE deal out of it when he decides to go down a slide or swing. It seems to be working little by little.

He is not fully autistic, but so close on the scale that it's scary. We love our little man, and are happy with the progress he's made! :)
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