We’ve read many stories on your website about families who discover a special talent in a child, teenager or even adult with autism. How can we help our son find his special gift or passion?
“Our 25-year-old son, diagnosed with PDD-NOS, has always had some repetitive behaviors. Lately, though, he's wanting to redo things such as getting undressed or showering right after he's done. He’ll insist we backtrack if we drive through the neighborhood a different way because we didn't go the "right way.” Can you offer guidance on whether these behaviors are obsessive compulsive disorder or just part of his autism? What might help?”
This introduction to Mental Health Awareness Month is written by developmental pediatrician Daniel Coury, medical director of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN). Dr.
Advice on breaking the cycle from specialists in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network
“Our 10-year-old ASD kiddo will eat until he throws up and then start all over again. How can we break this cycle?”
Our daughter (who has autism) had a feeding tube for her first two years of life due to laryngomalacia. Now she fears swallowing. What’s a family to do when feeding challenges are complicated by medical conditions?
Tom Hess is the parent of an active, funny, free-spirited child with autism and his witty and charming older sister. He and his wife are very active in autism projects and programs in Ohio and around the country. Tom has a wealth of business development, management, counseling and leadership experience. He is also Chair of the Family Advisory Committee for the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.
“Our grown son - who's severely affected by autism and living in a group home - no longer eats anything but white-bread bologna sandwiches. We're really concerned about his health. What can we do or where can we find help?”