Growing up we didn't notice anything different with Roger. Sure he had some strange interests and seemed more interested than others but hey that's just him. Maybe we just paid a little more attention to his sister because she didn't talk until she was 5. He had his quirks never wanted to be affectionate and I don't think he has every once said I Love You to anybody. He went to the same school from preschool until 5th grade. It was a small private school so many of his friendships just kind of happened no one really had to try. Maybe that covered it up. We really do not know why everyone seemed to miss it for years.
At the start of 5th grade his teacher noticed a few things. He didn't seem to be able to get what he wanted to say out, would be upset by writing, just seemed to be struggling this year. Then we moved in the middle of 5th grade and that's when everything became clearer. When he was put in a new situation he couldn't make friends he didn't know how. Its only this year the middle of 6th grade that he is starting to have friends that occasionally come hang out with him or he will call. But let me back up a little.
Last year in Feb Roger had a melt down in class. No one knew what triggered it but the teacher believed it was a seizure so I was called and that began the line of doctors. Neurologist, cardiologist, MRI's, CT scans, EEG's including a overnight stay at children's. Pretty much we have been in every department of Children's National Hospital Looking for answers. This past Dec we finally made it to the neuroscience department and he was diagnosed with Autism which we all expected for a while but it just wasn't official yet. At least now we have some answers and have an idea of where to go and how to help him.The Reson Why. J Ralph