I just never seem to have time for blogging anymore, but I wanted to provide an update to my earlier posts about prednisone. T had another respiratory episode recently and had to do another 5-day course of prednisone. However, I did not see any obvious changes to his language abilities this time. I don't know if this is because my previous observations were a fluke, or perhaps because this time he received pills rather than liquid. That shouldn't matter, except that he chewed the pills instead of swallowing them, which means he didn't get quite as much of it. Perhaps my previous observations were coincidental, then, or had another cause. One other thing is that because of the timing of his first two doses of prednisone last time, there was a period of time in which he had much more prednisone in his system. Also, I still to this date have not had a single instance of the kind of joint attention he exhibited on that one occasion (where he pointed to an object and then alternated his gaze with me and the object, most remarkable).
I have 4 year old twins, both boys. They turned 4 in February 2011. When they were 23 months, one was diagnosed with pdd-nos, an autism spectrum disorder. I'm still not sure if I "believe in" the spectrum. I am posting anonymously in order to protect my son's privacy.