Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Diagnosis Announcement

Date: June 12, 2009 7:30:42 AM
Subject: KMail Update News Flash: Zachariah's assessment

We met with the assessor regarding the results of Zachariah's evaluation. The extensive testing concluded that he has PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Delay--Not Otherwise Specified). This is a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, but not full-blown autism. The chart below helps illustrate what he has symptomatically, as we understand it. Those with classical autism exhibit symptoms in all three areas, while those with Asperger's and PDD-NOS have symptoms only in two areas (by the way, we recognize we are probably way oversimplifying the issue--we are not medical personnel--we're just restating things as we understand them from what we were told and the literature we were given).

*Also diagnosed as PDD-NOS, but not the same as Zach's symptoms.

Please pray for us as we return to the Middle East with Zachariah and the rest of the kids. Both of us, especially CBK, feel pretty overwhelmed at the thought of not only moving and having a new baby, but also the added investment that comes with this diagnosis. We are exploring everything from behavioral therapy to diet changes for Zachariah in order to help him as much as we can to grow and develop in his ability to communicate. We are pr4ying and believing for his complete healing, and we covet your pr4yers at this point for that as well.

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