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Question?: Autistic Angry Outbursts

James asks…

Would it be a huge issue if your autistic child hates receiving discipline as if it were a sensory issue?

Would it be a huge issue if your child with autism had an issue with being disciplined. If a you or someone got angry with him or her, it would cause outbursts and panic as if the child has the ability to have stronger anger than yours or someone whoever gets hard on the child. Even if the child is scared into submission it would make things worse. Would getting angry, frustrated, upset and / or panicky whenever disciplined be a huge issue? It’s discipline which children hate and autistic children tend to hate it more than children. They would hate it so much, it would cause explosive meltdowns. IT would be as if children with autism don’t care who the boss is and would tend to have control over the boss no matter how authoritative.
Does your autistic child have this issue? How big of an issue is it? Do you get frustrated that disciplinary action will make things worse? Does it ruin your marriage having an autistic son with such an issue? Do you feel like your child will never learn?

admin answers:

My autistic child does have this issue to a degree.
I agree with the op that routine is very very much needed.
It does make it more challenging as some autistic children also have sensory issues. My son is hyposensitive (not sensitive enough) to pain and needing lots of pressure.
I’ve even come down to spanking him sometimes to get the point accross. (you know, for safety issues)
It is also difficult because autistic children don’t understand emotions really well. Sometimes I’ll have to tell my son quite clearly, “I am angry’ or I am NOT happy to tell him how I feel.. Or yell.. To communicate those emotions.
Sometimes I feel like my son will never learn, but I know he will .. Eventually. Over time, I have seen what my son used to do, but now doesn’t do a certain behavior anymore.
I wouldn’t say ‘ruin’ is the right word to describe a marriage with a special needs child in the mix. It definitely makes it more stressful, and a little bit more strain on a marriage. Just as you adapt to having a special needs child, you adapt to fit your son/daughter’s needs and adjust the time that is needed to spend on your child.

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Question?: Autistic

Donna asks…

What is glutathione pleolyposome? Is it safe to use for a four year old autistic child?

I have a four year old autistic boy. I have read about glutathione pleolyposome in couple of web sites and they claim to be very useful for someone with autism. Is there anyone who have used it and it helped the autistic condition? I would like to learn more about it. Thank you.

admin answers:

Glutathione is a tripeptide produced by the liver. Glutathione pleolyposome is man-made. This is hype to get you to purchase it. Don’t buy into it because you’re looking for a quick fix. I also have an autistic son but I don’t look to a charlatan’s snake oil for a cure. None of these websites is medically based and the so-called evidence they give for the causes of autism are specious at best and laughable even for someone without an advanced degree in biochemistry.

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Question?: Autistic Behavior

Mark asks…

How do I make my autistic son to understand that he cannot hit himself?

Whenever my son is punished for unacceptable behavior, he goes into his room and hits himself. His autism is very mild. He is high-functioning. His behavior is his biggest obstacle. He speaks very loudly. He talks back when he is told “no.” Is there anyone that is experiencing this? Does therapy help?

admin answers:

I know exactly what you are going through. I was exactly like that as a small child, and to some extent, I still am…lol
I’m high functioning autistic as well (Asperger’s Syndrome).
Maybe you could consult a child psychologist. I was diagnosed at age 13 (I’m 16 now) by a child psychologist, and have been seeing her regularly ever since. Autism is a social difference (I despise the use of the word ‘disorder’), so autistic kids don’t see social situations as most neurotipycals (‘normal’ people) do. My psychologist has worked through various social situations with me and is helping me understand how to fit in better with society. It can help later on in life if he starts learning about proper social behaviour at an early age.
Another good site to check out is http://www.aspiesforfreedom.com
It’s a forum for all people on the autism spectrum, and for parents of autistic kids. I’ve gained a tom of great advice from people there.
Hope that helped. =]

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Question?: What Is Autism Speaks

Joseph asks…

Is it ok to break a lease to move to a county that can help my autistic son?

My son is autistic and we live in San Bernadino County, Autism Speaks only services LA and Orange County. We were offered a home in Hacienda Heights (LA County), could we break our lease without penalties so that we can get him the help that he needs?

admin answers:

No, your sons issues are not related to your lease. You can try to get a court order before you move, otherwise you are breaking your contract.

Evictions will disqualify you for any federally funded housing programs, not that you use any, but you need to be aware of the consequences would be for breaking the lease.

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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Linda asks…

Anyone have experience with schizophrenia in children? Very real imaginary friends!?

I’m not asking for a diagnosis, merely opinions, and thoughts. I am currently looking for a psychologist who can help us further, and have some books on hold at the library about it. I’m concerned about my 9 year old autistic son. I’m sorry this is going to be long, probably…

He has had an imaginary friend, “Gavin”, since he was about 5, as far as we know. But that is also when he started to verbalize more things, so actually, he may have been friends with Gavin for longer than that. I know that imaginary friends are normal in children. I had one when I was a kid, but the thing was, *I knew she was imaginary*, I knew other people could not see her. I’ve started to get more worried about my son, because I don’t think he knows that.

Gavin used to be in a wheelchair. (Don’t ask me why- kid has a vivid imagination, I guess). Recently, Gavin was given a walker, and can walk around. Now that he has a walker, people keep sitting on him. This really upsets my son. He goes mad when people sit on Gavin. Gavin pretty much goes everywhere, because according to my son, he has separation anxiety. Everyone has to leave a space for Gavin to stand next to, or sit next to my son. He even has an empty chair at school for Gavin to sit next to him. Someone sat on Gavin today at the supermarket, and my son was very, very upset- and in fact, still is now, several hours later.

There is a correlation between autism and schizophrenia which I do not fully understand at the moment. I’ve looked it up online but haven’t found too much useful info. Some of the books I’ve got coming from the library are about it, so will hopefully shed some light. My son’s therapists and teachers have all pretty much brushed it off, and said it’s normal. But recently I’ve felt like Gavin is getting more and more real, and honestly, it freaks me out.

I don’t think it is normal anymore. Maybe it used to be, but it’s not anymore. I also don’t think it’s healthy because it upsets my son so much. For something that doesn’t exist, Gavin sure does cause a lot of problems. I want him gone. My son already does play therapy, which is supposed to help get rid of imaginary friends. It isn’t working, obviously.

I brought up schizophrenia today with his ABA therapist. She said she didn’t think so– BUT, she also said she doesn’t know much (anything) about it. I don’t know what to do about Gavin in the meantime either. He’s a real pain. He was easier when he was in the wheelchair too.

Just from reading this post, do you think I’m over-reacting and it sounds normal? Or maybe there is something more going on??
(Again, I know you don’t know for sure. Opinions only.)
2nd answer: Good idea, but unlikely because my son is more of a “sensory seeker”. He climbs all over people, and would sit on a stranger’s lap if they let him. He has no issues with people being close to him. You can be close to him as long as Gavin isn’t on that side.

admin answers:

I doubt it’s schizophrenia and that would not be the route I would personally be looking down.

My 8 year old had an imaginary friend named Lissy until he was about 6. Lissy went everywhere with us and honestly? I thought it was a bit fascinating hearing the detail he went into about Lissy. He had a whole backstory for her and she had her own likes and dislikes and everything! I’m not sure what the ‘normal’ age is to grow out of them but 9 doesn’t seem incredibly old, and it could be linked in some way to autism if he has any maturity delays (again just all speculation here as I do not know your son). Your kid is probably building Gavin from things he sees around him and using Gavin as a way to process these things.

Keep working with his therapists about it but I would so not be freaking out about things like schizophrenia. That seems so unlikely to me; especially at age 9. Obviously none of us can say for sure but I would be focusing on finding other reasons for it.

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Question?: What Is Autism For Kids

Mark asks…

Which Kindergarten is good for Autistic kid in Philadelphia PA?

I have a 5 years old Autistic son and he is transfer to Kindergarten this Sep. He needs alot of help in all areas. I don’t know where to place him. Did anybody know any public or private school that have good program for Autism kids? Thank You very much

admin answers:

How far from princeton are you? Will the district consider an out of state placement

look into Eden and PCDI

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Question?: Autistic

Lisa asks…

How many autistic people do not know how to get along with animals?

My brother is severely autistic. He does not get along with animals and cannot relate to them. Even the most friendly beagle dog will growl at him because the dog can tell he is not normal.
When he sees a dog, for instance, he bends down and shows the dog the top of his head. Dogs don’t seem to like that. No one showed him how to do this; he came up with it on his own.

admin answers:

I think this is a case by case basis because many dogs are actually used as therapeutic help for children and adults with autism.

My 5 year old, autistic son loves all kinds of animals and the ones we’ve encountered and own love him.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 7 Year Old

Jenny asks…

Why are some autistic kids fixated on pleasuring themselves?

My neighbor is upset because her 18 yo autistic son spends most of his time “touching himself”. She thought it was a phase that he’d go through, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. He’s probably too weird and spastic to get a girlfriend (she hopes he would). What can she do? Should she look for a paid “sex surrogate” or something? Maybe some meds?
@Rebecca: I don’t think calling them “retards” is very nice………

admin answers:

People with autism have a tendency to “stimulate” themselves because their sensory systems are not “wired” the same way as a neurotypical person’s are. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, no two cases of autism are the same – the autistic symptoms my 14-year-old daughter displays may be very different from someone else’s 18-year-old son or 7-year-old nephew, etc., etc. Some individuals with autism are hypersensitive to things like bright lights, loud noises, scratchy fabrics, etc., while others may be impervious to pain or gain pleasure from rubbing a piece of fabric over and over again, etc. The repetitive behavior of spinning, banging heads, rocking, flapping hands, or yes – even touching themselves – brings comfort by calming their nerves that are inflamed by living in a world that is not built to accommodate their particular sensitivities and which they don’t particularly even understand. And let’s face it – having “those parts” touched and fondled is something that is pleasurable to just about ALL 18-year-old boys – NOT just those with autism (although he probably gains more than just sexual arousal from it).

The big question here is how to teach him that there is a time and a place for that type of behavior. Stimming behavior (as those types of repetitive behaviors are called in the autism world) is actually beneficial to helping those with autism to stay calm. Without it, they’d probably be a lot more prone to extreme meltdowns than they already are. So your neighbor just needs to teach her son when and where it’s appropriate. If she wants to say that it’s only OK in his room, with the door shut, at bedtime, then once he learns that’s the rule, he will follow it. The rest of the time, she needs to teach him a “command word” like “hands” or something like that, that means hands need to be out of his pockets, or on the table, or something like that. Every time he goes back to the undesireable behavior, say the command and remove his hands. When he goes the whole day, or the whole morning, or whatever (keep a chart!) without engaging in the inappropriate behavior, he gets a reward. Gradually, you can extend the length of time he has to go without engaging in the problematic behavior in order to achieve the desired reward (maybe having an hour of “alone time” in his room each night, can be the reward for abstaining from it all day!).

This really is not all that unusual of a problem in the autism world. I urge your neighbor to contact an autism support group to get some input from other parents who have faced similar problems. Also, there are lots of books out there that address similar issues, as well: http://www.autism-resources.com/nonfictiontopics/adolescent.html

It’s not the end of the world – she’ll teach him and he’ll come around. It just might take a while, is all. Hope this helps.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 7 Year Old

George asks…

I need a Herbal remedy to help calm down my very aggressive autistic son?

I have a 13 year old son who is severely autistic he has no speech he is 12 stone and 5ft 7 he is very aggressive towards myself my husband and my daughter biting us punching kicking and pulling our hair.We are desperate for help does anyone know of a herbal medicine that might calm him down and make him less angry and frustrated.He has everything any child could want for our garden is like a playground and he gets so much love from all of us we are so upset and would appreciate any advice on a herbal remedy that may help him.

admin answers:

Please do read this article it might be of immense help :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/autism-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp

Take care and God bless you and your loved ones.

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August Traffic Report

Are You wondering how many people read this blog? Or should I say are in your shoes? Well here are some figures just for this month.

We get about 175 unique readers per day when I have not posted much.
We get about 350 uniques per day when I have been busy posting things a lot.
That happens because I get busy and don’t have time to look around for articles. As you can tell I am a terrible writer so I use articles by other people. At least I am doing something. Unfortunately Google hates it. We used to have a huge page rank but they took it away to punish me for not writing everything myself. That is impossible. Besides I am no scientist and don’t know that much. I do know that people with Autistic kids want Info, so that is what you get here. Screw Google, they can take me down to zero Page rank and I don’t care. As long as the numbers are there, I will know someone cares.

OK Back to business. On Google’s side they do come and visit us frequently. About 6000 times so far this month (Aug 28,2012). They like to see if I changed anything. So why do they do that? I don’t know since I am not in the search engines any more. Removed.

Here are our hits per country.
USA 8000 so far this month.
Netherlands 2300
Russian Fed. 750
Ukraine 320
Germany 340
Argentina 223
Brittan 216
France 165
Sweden 136
Canada 110
Japan 50
As you can see there is a big difference. There could be many reasons for this. Like population numbers, Autism percentages, people having computers and service, and some people just don’t like to talk about it. I am with them.
That is about all for now.

Don’t forget we have an autistic son. He is 33 years old. He acts like a 14 year old. He seems to have several problems related to or common to Autism. I can’t say much about that because we are suing some people over an incident with him.

My hobby is building web pages and I have plenty, including this one.
So have a great day and weekend coming up.
PS we need some rain here something bad. Please help me pray that Hurricane Isaac comes this far north and gives us a good dousing. (Detroit Michigan USA)