Hello.

We adopted a girl at the age of 7. Her mother was mentally retarded and she was not given a lot of attention. We thought she would develop after working with her, but something just wasn't right. She also struggled at school socially and academically. She has just been diagnosed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder. I feel so bad as she probably had this all along, but we just thought she had a low IQ and that she was delayed due to her circumstances before adoption. This is all very new to us and we hope to learn how best to help her. The school has not responded to her dianosis of ASD, but want to test her to be eligible for learning disabled for special education. We will see how this goes, but hope they will look at both as both influence her learning. smile