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Comment From Bridget
My granddaughter who I raise has P.D.D. N.O S. she screams alot and has started to throw things and kick. Her schedual has be out of wack this week is a strong schedual important for her behavior problems?
YES!! Many children with autism depend on a routine schedule that is predictable. but its also important to mix and vary activities in order for the person to get used to variety of activities.
Also Bridget – we have recently published a grandparent tool kit
Comment From Heidi
Hello, my son is high functioning ASD and wiil be getting an iPad soon. I have been looking at various blogs, articles and sites for apps that he can use but was wondering if you have any recommendations? Looking mostly for eye contact, social, and speech. Thanks!
Hi Heidi! We have a great list of Apps for Autism in our Resource Library. These are apps that have been submitted to us by families or professionals who have found them very helpful! In addition, at the bottom of the page, there are links to many other lists of app recommendations from other autism organizations.http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-library/autism-apps
Comment From amber
my son is 13 and high functioning but still cannot tie his shoes or place on right feet
Hi Amber – Your son is right at the start of the Transition age- and you are absolutely right to make sure he can complete his self care and dressing himself independently. I would suggest making “shoe tying” a objective in your son’s IEP. There are many different instructional methods to teach these self care skills, it will be important to determine the best one to teach your son.
Amber- In addition we have have recently published a Transition Tool kit.
Comment From Bobbie
I am not a parent but I am a psychology major. I am planning to complete my ABA certification in the next two years. I am currently working with Autistic children and their families through local groups and organizations. Are there any “good” or “proven” resource sites/books that you recommend that I use in order to gain information and useful methods for working with these individuals.
Hi Bobbie. That is great to hear you are working with children with autism. We need more people like you! We do not endorse any very specific resources, however we have lists of books and tools for professionals on our website that people have submitted to us because they have found them helpful in working with children with autism. You can check out these books/tools at the 2 links below: http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-library/books#professionalshttp://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-library/tools-professionals
Comment From Jennifer S
First off. Thank you for taking the time to help!! Heres my question. My 4 year old son has autism. We are having a really hard time potty training. He will use the potty but ONLY IF he has on NO clothes at all. If he has any article of clothing on he will use the bathroom on himself. We tried going potty every 15 mins, but that still doesn’t help. My husband and I are just out of ideas and really don’t know where to turn to for help..
Hi Jennifer- Hang in there, all your time and effort will be worthwhile when your child is successfully potty trained! I would suggest you consult with your Pediatrician and your son’s school based team. This is a skill where you need to work with the classroom teacher, to make sure you are both on the same page.
Also, the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) will be publishing a Tool Kit in early 2012 on Potty Training for Individuals with Autism. Check back on their webpage early 2012.
We do not endorse any specific materials, but here are 2 books that have been submitted to our Resource Library from families who have found them to be helpful with toilet training: http://www.amazon.com/teach-toileting-revolutionary-approach-disorders/dp/0615255523http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1932565493/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=autispea-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=1932565493
Comment From Susan
My daughter takes Vyvanse and Celexa for the past year. I do think they help her but how long is it safe or recommended to remain medicated?
Hi Susan. Every child is different and every child responds differently to different medications. Our Autism Treatment Network team just released a Medication Decision Aid Tool Kit called Autism – Should My Child Be Taking Medication for Challenging Behavior?. We have gotten great feedback from this resource, as many of families in the Autism Speaks community have found it to be very helpful!
Comment From Mary
I have a 12 yo aspergers boy. Yesterday was written up for saying a curse at 13 yo girls who were bothering him – the problem is his perception of the situation – he felt attacked. He wasn’t really wrong (per his teacher) but I do need to disapline for the language. I am running out of disaplinary actions (have restricted everything – nothing makes an impact). What can be utilized to get the message across, and help him to have a better perception of situations?
Hi Mary- As you know, there is no easy answer to your question. Does your son have support in developing appropriate social skills? I would ask to include a social skill goal in his IEP so that it can be addressed and his progress documented.
In addition, I would suggest 2 tool kits we have: our Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Tool Kithttp://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/asperger-syndrome-and-high-functioning-autism-tool-kit
and our Transition Tool Kit for children with autism transitioning to adulthood: http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/transition-tool-kit
Comment From Cassie
My son is 19, HF, and rather obsessed with our football team’s win-loss record. we’ve had 0-11, 0-10. gets mighty upset about it. Is there anything I can do besides redirect? Concerned because next year he’ll be living away from home, need to help him do it himself.
HI Cassie – Does your son have a counselor or a support person he can discuss these kinds of issues on an ongoing basis. It might be a good idea if he is planning a transition to have someone to talk with about his these upcoming changes.
Here is a link to our Transition Tool Kit. You can order a copy free of charge on our website: http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/transition-tool-kit
Comment From Guest
Hi. Do you have any guidance addressing problem behaviors (ex. hitting, punching, pinching, screaming) in preschool/early school years?
Hi- I would request an IEP, and ask his Team to address these problem behaviors. It very important to understand the functions of the behaviors and have a detailed plan in place that everyone on the team is in agreement with. Its also important to track the data to make sure the plan is working.
Here is a link to information about Applied Behavior Analysis from our website: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/treatment/applied-behavior-analysis-aba There is also a list of other treatments on the left side panel as well.
If you are looking for resources in your area, we have a list of ABA and other service providers, as well as social skills groups and afterschool programs, in our Resource Guide:www.autismspeaks.org/resource-guide
We also have a list of books related to teaching increasing social skills and decreasing challenging behavior on the Books page of our Resource Library: http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-library/books#socia
We hope these resources are helpful to you!
Comment From Guest
my daughter is 7 and has PDD-NOS and tends to repeat phrases a lot. Is there anything that we can do to stop this?
Hello Guest- I would recommend you request a Speech and Language evaluation, in order to gain a full understanding of your daughter’s echolalia, and a plan to implement. You can locate a Speech and Language professional in our online Resource Guide.
You may also want to include speech therapy in your daughter’s IEP. You can read more about IEP’s and how to get what you and your child need most with them athttp://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/community-connections/back-to-school
Comment From debbie
how do I tell if my 15 year old who is failing school by not doing homework and studying is really struggling or is being lazy? I have done everything I can think I can to monitor his grades and homework and he always says he is done.
HI Debbie- Its sounds like you’ve been working very hard to help your son. I would suggest you get some support by calling an IEP or working together with this teachers. Its important that counselors, teachers, etc., be part of the plan One suggestions might be that he complete his homework at school after school hours. I am including a link to the transition Guide, as a parent you can get a free copy mailed to you.
Comment From Guest
Hello everyone, my son is 10yrs. HFA . I have not have the talk with him yet of him having autism…how should I start what should i do,,I am afraid of what reaction he might have.
Hello-IAN – Interactive Autism Network has some great article on Telling Your Child About Autism.http://www.iancommunity.org/cs/articles/telling_a_child_about_his_asd
In addition we have lots more information about AS/HFA including a section on AS/HFA and your Family in our tool kit:http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/asperger-syndrome-and-high-functioning-autism-tool-kit
Comment From Rechelle
What is a successful way to discipline a child w/Aspergers and HFA? I am not a spanker.
Dr Tony Attwood, author and therapist, is an expert on this subject–
How do you discipline a child with Asperger’s Syndrome?
Comment From Guest
Any suggestons as to how to explain to my 6yr old that my 4 yr old has autism and he really cant help some of his behaviors. Im just not sure how to start that “talk”.
Hi Guest. You can read more about disclosing autism to your child and other family members at our IAN site: Telling Your Child. It has a section on telling siblings.http://www.iancommunity.org/cs/articles/telling_a_child_about_his_asd. We have also recently launched a Siblings Tool Kit (in addition to a Parent, Grandparent and Friend Tool Kit) for children ages 6-12 that helps families explain autism to their siblings. You can download the kit for free and view other resources at:http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/family-support-tool-kits#siblings. We also have a list of Books for Siblings athttp://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-library/books#siblings
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