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Question?: Autistic

Steven asks…

What should I get for my autistic sister for Christmas?

My autistic sister is 9 years and I have know clue what to get her for Christmas! I can’t buy anything because I have no cash. She likes smart phones but I can’t get her a real one. Any homemade gift ideas she would like?

admin answers:

Spend time with her
Do something she likes
She would like that more than anything

A card would be fine, she would love that

My autistic 11 girl want and iphone or ipad
They say that ipad are really good for autistic children
There a group that one a way to someone in each state, maybe see if you could fine the group and write about your sister. I saw it on the news, when they went to my state

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Question?: Pdd-nos

Sandy asks…

Should my oldest child with Aspergers or baby have their own room?

My seven year old son has Aspergers and my five year old son has PDD-NOS. They have been sharing a room for the past few years but my oldest has started to ask for his own room. The problem is, I have a one year old daughter and we live in a three bedroom house. I don’t know if I should give the boys their own room and put her in our bedroom. If anyone has any insight or suggestions I would really appreciate it!

admin answers:

Nobody knows your kids like you. Nobody knows the specific issues your Aspergers and PDD-NOS kids have like you do. Nobody knows how often your 1 yr old climbs in with you anyway or how well she does in your room. So nobody here can come close to saying what *you* should do.

That said… We have a *tiny* three bedroom house with four kids (13, 6, 4.5, and 3yrs) and are expecting our fifth. My oldest has Aspergers and we suspect the 3 yr old may as well. So far the 6 yr old is the only girl.

One bedroom is so small we just used it as a ‘computer room’ for years and put all the kids in the biggest bedroom… But the youngest actually slept with us. But with the oldest being so much older we finally moved him into that room alone last year. Now the others still have the big room and the new baby will be sharing with us.

With your boys being so close in age… I personally like the idea of giving them the big room and ‘splitting’ it for them. However… I don’t have a clue what sort of Aspie issues you are having between the two of them. That would be the deciding factor to me. If they really *need* their space and the little girl likes sharing your room… That would simply make more sense for you. But if they are only asking for their own room and not really showing signs of *needing* it… I think I’d leave them.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms 18 Months

Chris asks…

What are the signs that a 34 month old child has autism?

Would someone please list for me or point me to a thorough list of characteristics that a 34 month old autistic person would exhibit, such as, lack of eye contact, desire to wear the same clothes, etc. I am going to suggest to the parents of this child that they take him to a doctor for evaluation. But I would like to have an exhaustive list of symptoms in hand before I bring up the issue with them.

admin answers:

I don’t know where trackie got his/her info, but that is completely wrong. They can be diagnosed as young as 18 months, and waiting until a child is 7 would be tramatic for any chance of improvement. It has to be caught as soon as possible. Here’s a link to a site that has a ‘test’ similar to what they would have to answer for someone doing an evaluation. Print this out if you can, otherwise email it to them. Tell them you’d like for them to look it over, because you have observed some of these signs and you are concerned for this child. Also, look up SID. The signs are very similar to autism, but is a lot easier to treat, not as severe as autism. I have a son who’s autistic, very mild, and I babysit a child with SID(sensory integration disorder), so I’ve seen both sides, and they are VERY similar. Keep in mind, most of what you read mentions the social issues? Not ALL kids with autism have a problem with this the way we interpret this to mean. They can be very social, as my son is, as far as making eye contact, being sensitive to others, giving hugs and kisses. But, with my son, he doesn’t think about others BEFORE he hurts them, he can’t understand how to share, and is still very self-centered, even for his age. And, some kids have NO problems whatsoever with social interaction, it just depends on how severely they are affected. Good luck to you, and good for you for wanting to point it out. My neighbor, the one I babysit, had NO CLUE that something was wrong with her son, until I started pointing things out, then she started noticing them, too. So he was able to get help at 15 months. I do most of his and my son’s therapy,but we have someone that comes to my house twice a week to show me different activities to do for therapy.
Http://www.autismeval.com/ari%2Datec/

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Team Stimey Goes to Camden Yards: A Story in Five Chapters

Chapter One: Team Stimey as a Whole

So. A while back (I am woefully late in writing this post), Team Stimey got an invitation to go see the Baltimore Orioles play a game at Camden Yards. It was a bold move on the part of the Orioles organization to invite this gang of hooligans to go see a game, but I didn’t clue them in. I just said yes and then dragged my kids to Baltimore on the rainiest day ever.


What is it with us, rain and baseball? Walking from our car to the stadium, we were soaked. And then it stopped raining. Yay for everyone who arrived after us. Bummer for us. But also yay for not being rained on during our private tour of Oriole Park at Camden Yards!

I’m not sure Tour Guide Bob was prepared for my kids, but he did an admirable job of putting up with us.

Honestly, I’m not entirely sure they had legitimate questions.
We got to see all of Camden Yards, which was totally cool. We saw the Kids Corner, which features games for kids and a play area in case you have kids who get antsy during ball games. He showed us the press rooms, which was one of the coolest things. I love that behind the scenes stuff. Very, very cool.

We also got to go out to the field. That was awesome. We were under strict orders to not step on the grass and to stay in one place and we only had, like, a minute and a half out there. Naturally I was sure that Jack was going to take off and run the bases, which would have made for excellent blog fodder, but might have gotten us taken off the Orioles blogger list. And kicked out of the stadium.

It was difficult to take an awesome photo of Team Stimey Junior under such conditions. The fabulous Goon Squad Sarah took this one, which has almost all of our faces. I kind of super love this photo.

Jack contemplating a base run.
I didn’t fare quite so well. Quinn evidently believed that he had been taken out to the field to be shot by firing squad. Or so his expression would lead you to believe.
Those kids have no idea how cool an experience that was. They also have no idea how cool it was that they then got to watch the game from a private luxury box full of dinner and snacks. Although they did each enjoy it in their own way. Jack by playing iPad, Quinn by eating, Sam by watching baseball.
Chapter Two: Sam

Sam, to my recollection, two weeks after the event, was lovely. Had you asked me on the drive home, I might have had other things to say, but at this point, all I can remember is how into the game Sam was.

He sat in his corner seat and watched the game, only getting up to find food.

Baltimore’s newest Orioles fan.
Oh, he also got up to harass the Orioles mascot when the bird was trying to make children happy. You’re welcome to all the parents whose photos oftheir kids were marred by Sam’s bunny ears.
Chapter Three: Jack

Jack was a little overstimulated at the game. He did a lot of twirling.

“We must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward;and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!”*
(* Guess that quote.)

I also like the fact that as soon as we got to the luxury box and went to the window to look out at our own private seats overlooking the field, Jack was all, “Look! Glass! I bet I could make a smiley face on that!”


Then he demanded my iPad and because I was concerned about him twirling toward freedom right over the railing, I gave it to him. He enjoyed that iPad for the entire rest of the time we were there, except for the few minutes that I forced him to watch the game. Watching baseball might not be his favorite thing.

Even when the mascot came in, Jack only managed to get up to show him his iPad and then he returned to his seat.

Look, giant bird! Look what I have!
Chapter Four: Quinn

So Quinn. Quinn didn’t stop eating the entire time we were at the game. He walked into the suite, saw snacks on a table and sat down and made himself at home. I was all, “Hey, Quinn! Do you want to come outside and see the field?” and he was all, “No thanks, I’m happy here.”

He is soooo small, but soooo packed full of food.
Every time I saw him, he was wandering around with some giant container of baseball food. They might have intended this bucket to feed more than one child.
As with the other two children, Quinn managed to put aside his defining baseball game-attending behavior to visit the mascot. This is actually kind of a big deal, because Quinn is often afraid of the giant stuffed, mobile animal. Although it looks as if he were strong-armed into it.
Even on the way out, Quinn was trying to get food. He managed to talk our very wonderful hosts into giving him a giant bag of pretzels.

Now. I need you to prepare yourself for the greatest juxtaposition of two photos you will ever see in your life.



I know. I took that first photo, turned, and started walking with Quinn behind me and then I heard the sound of a huge number of small, hard snacks cascading onto the ground. I just stopped and I couldn’t even turn around for a minute. You know how you know what you are going to see and you don’t want to? That was me.

Chapter Five: Stimey

So, me. I had a lovely time. Camden Yards is a really cool ballpark and has lots of nice amenities. I think even if you didn’t get to watch the game from a luxury box that you would have a good time. Although I highly recommend the luxury box.

I was part of a group of bloggers who went to hear about the Orioles and Camden Yards and some of the people who are involved in the organization.


We were able to meet Angela Showalter, who is (probably pretty obviously) Manager Buck Showalter’s wife. She told us about raising her kids and moving around throughout her husband’s career. She also told us about one of the charities she is involved in, called KidsPeace, which provides therapeutic services for foster kids.
And don’t think that when I saw that Oriole come in that I didn’t bum rush him before any of the kids were able to get to him.  If you wait, you don’t get the awesome hug and two-shot.
I got even better hugs from someone else though.
Also, I should tell you that a blogger’s kid puked and it wasn’t one of mine. Surprise!

We had such a great night. Thank you so much to the Orioles for showing us such a good time. Everyone we came in contact with was very lovely to us, even during that hellaciously long ten minutes after leaving the suite and making it to our car. The people who were nice to us about the pretzels especially earned my gratitude.

And lest you think that Quinn was overly sad about the pretzels or Sam was upset that we left the game a little early or that Jack was unable to cope with my surgical removal of the iPad from his hands, rest assured. One bag of fluffed sugar and they were thrilled.


They all had a really, really fun time. I’m so glad we were able to go.

Epilogue

Aaaaaand I think that is all the baseball stories I have for a while.

Acknowledgements (Disclosure)

The Orioles hosted a private event for a group of bloggers, which included tickets, a tour, parking, dinner, and gift bags for the munchkins. My opinions are my own. As are the hooligans.

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Seven Tips for Selecting an Asperger’s Syndrome Therapist

It can often be helpful for those with Asperger’s syndrome or high-functioning autism to have a respected and knowledgeable therapist to help them process their emotions and understand more social nuances, among other things. People with Asperger’s syndrome often have trouble understanding the world around them, and as a result often carry around a lot of frustration. They might have resentment from ways they were treated in the past that they don’t understand. But what kind of psychotherapist would be most effective for someone with Asperger’s syndrome or high functioning autism?

There are many different types of therapists out there. Many believe that the best therapists tend to be the ones who don’t subscribe to any particular theory, but instead use a variety of therapies depending on what they think will help each individual client.

Seek Empathy and a Connection in a Therapist for Asperger’s Syndrome

You don’t want a therapist that makes you feel like you’re talking to a wall and never gives you much of a response to anything. You don’t want a therapist whose only contribution is to say “And how does that make you feel?” occasionally. While it’s not bad to help you try to get to your emotions, they need to help teach you how to deal with the emotions, too. It’s too easy for some therapists to just sit back and do nothing. Most children, teenagers and adults with autism need to be taught and given tips on how to process feelings and improve their communication. Seek a therapist who has this approach.

Top 7 Criteria for a Therapist for treating Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

1. Engagement – You do want a therapist who is as engaged with you as possible.

They are asking questions, they are listening to your answers and showing they are listening (perhaps by repeating what you have said or some sort of verbal clue), and they are asking intelligent follow-up questions. Most children, teenagers and adults with Asperger’s syndrome need to be constantly engaged in a social interaction in order to stay attentive and interested in what’s going on.

2. Experience – It helps if the therapist has an intimate knowledge of Asperger’s syndrome.

There are too many therapists who, knowing little or nothing about Asperger’s, will attribute your social problems or anxiety to everything but what is really causing it. That’s not helpful. In fact, it’s a waste of your time. They will also fail to understand when you talk about how you see the world, because in all likelihood, they haven’t spent a lot of time looking at the world in that way.

Now, this is not to say that all therapists without experience with Asperger’s syndrome patients are ineffective, but they have to be willing to learn. And sometimes, you have to be willing to teach them. Don’t stick with anyone who refuses to open their mind to your way of thinking.

3. A therapist treating Asperger’s should have high affect/be able to show emotions well.

Most people with Asperger’s have trouble reading nonverbal language. So, it only follows that a therapist that uses mostly nonverbal language to communicate is really NOT going to work for a person with Asperger’s syndrome.

Most people with Asperger’s want one thing — to be understood. Now, a therapist likely thinks he or she understandings what the person with Asperger’s syndrome is saying. But unless the therapist SHOWS it frustration may result.

A good therapist will communicate using exaggerated emotion in his or her voice and face, and by using verbal language such as “I see what you mean” and “You’re saying that you feel like X”. Unless a therapist uses these active communication methods, most children, teenagers and adults with Asperger’s syndrome or high functioning autism will just sit there thinking that the therapist is yet another person who has no clue what their life and struggles are like.

In other words, don’t bring your loved one to see a stone faced therapist who never cracks a smile, no matter how smart they are reputed to be. People with Asperger’s syndrome want someone who understands what they are going through — most people in their life won’t.

4. The Asperger’s syndrome therapist should be able to give advice or suggestions in a very concrete way.

Ideas presented should be short and to the point. They should be as blunt as possible. Nothing ever gets accomplished for a person with Asperger’s syndrome or high functioning autism if the therapist is “beating around the bush”. A good therapist treating a child with Asperger’s syndrome can use visuals if necessary. Humor may help to break the ice. Above all, the therapist needs to be genuine. And no therapist treating a person with Asperger’s syndrome should hide behind psychological terms. The therapist must ensure that the person with Asperger’s syndrome is able to relate to them.

5. Physical environment of the therapist’s office is important.

The physical environment is very important. The seats should be comfortable, the lights not too bright or dim, and there should be no aromatherapy or noticeable scents, as many with Asperger’s syndrome and high functioning autism are sensitive to that. The receptionist, if there is one, should be friendly and helpful, as they are the first contact you have upon entering the office. There should be no blaring music. It should not be too difficult to get there. A stressful journey by bus or car will make it harder to get a person with Asperger’s syndrome into an open state of mind upon arrival. This is not always possible, but it’s one point to consider.

6. Patients should be able to feel some sense of connection or comfort with the therapist.

This goes for everyone seeking therapy, not just those with Asperger’s syndrome. There are plenty of therapists out there. Don’t stay with one you hate. You want to feel a sense of safety with them. (This may take a few weeks or longer to grow, however.)

7. The Asperger’s syndrome therapist should be able to help you understand your own thoughts.

Many people with Asperger’s, although by no means all, have trouble expressing their emotions. Children sometimes have trouble figuring out how they feel about a given situation–as do teen and adults. A good therapist will help the client verbalize their emotions, and ask yes or no questions to try to help sort things out.

If you are a parent, these are the qualities you should be looking for in a therapist for your loved one with Asperger’s syndrome or high functioning autism. The same goes if you are an adult with Asperger’s syndrome.

Finding the ideal therapist to treat may not be quick or easy and may take several tries. If you are having trouble finding a therapist, you may want to go to the Psychology Today site, which has a wonderfully useful listing of all the therapists in your area and what they specialize in. It is super easy to email them and ask questions to figure out which ones might be best for you. But typically the most effective methods to find a great therapist to help a child, teen or adult with Asperger’s syndrome or autism is to ask for referrals from an autism society, friends with autism or with autistic kids, or local doctors.

And for further tips and techniques to help adults and children with Asperger’s syndrome live a happy and fulfilled life,  go to the web site AspergersSociety.org and http://www.autismparenthood.com/. There you will be able to sign up for the free Asperger’s and Autism newsletter as well as get additional information to help your loved ones thrive on the autism spectrum.

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Autistic Child Speech – Symptoms and Treatment For Autism and Its Communication Disorder

Autistic Child Speech

Children provided autism syndrome have a lack of effective communication skills, therefore inhibiting lifelong social skills. Parents who understand what to be on the look for at an the first part of age can increase the chances for their child to reside a slightly ordinary livlihood. All children learn at their own pace, therefore making it difficult to diagnose at infancy. Infants a few months of age will typically start to babble, imitating the sounds it hears around him. Autistic Child Speech

While every baby develops speech at a different rate the following is a guide for the average child. At one year, can use negative phrases such as “No, want”, can imitate animal sounds and noises, and says four to six simple words. At 18 months can say 10 to 15 words and can make two word sentences (i.e., “Daddy up”) At 2 has a vocabulary of about 100 words and asks, “What is?” The autistic child on the other hand does not develop at this normal rate and has a difficult time building his/her vocabulary.

There might only be a few words they understand or respond to. They might not speak at all; half of the people diagnosed with autism never learn to speak A more comprehensible clue for an autistic child is the skewed verbal cues they might respond to. For example: Pointing at a red car and stating, “look at the red car”. The autistic child will become fixated more on your finger pointing at the red car than the actual point of interest. An autistic child will have a difficult time making his/her wants and needs known and will more than likely point at something he/she wants rather than using words to describe it Autistic Child Speech

The inability to verbalize his/her thoughts affects the imaginative play, making it difficult to have cooperative play with other children. Even if an autistic child does develop speech he /she has a difficult time holding or starting a conversation due to the inability to understand facial cues, sarcasm and the use of humor and will likely understand it in the literal sense. A child with autism will repeat phrases over and over again and will often mimic others speech. Autistic Child Speech

Working with autistic children’s communication skills prior to the age of two will prevent the skills atrophy. Intensive therapy at an early age can decrease many of the communication problems that autistic children face and may enable them to attain a near average capability. Epilepsy and associated seizure disorders are common with autistic children that haven’t been diagnosed prior to the age of two. Don’t let your love ones suffer anymore! Lead them out through Autistic Child Speech program now!

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Autism Early Childhood – Pay Careful Attention to Potential Signs of Autism

Autism Early Childhood

Parents suspecting that their child are able to be suffering from autism might pay attention to any clue that may reveal the appearance of the disorder. The signs of autism are highest quality to be discovered during the child’s first year of life, in circumstances to minimize the impact caused by the disorder.

Signs of autism can sometimes be spotted based on information from the minute of birth, the child manifesting small amount of responsiveness to stimuli, failing to predict movement and paying little contemplation to their mothers or caretakers. It is very important to quickly see the first signs of autism, as this disorder is known to cause serious damage to the child’s behavior, social interactions, communication skills and adaptability.

Children with autism develop slower than normal children of the same age. Autistic children are also more vulnerable to some illnesses and conditions, such as allergies, respiratory insufficiency, digestive disorders and so on. Autistic children are different from normal children judging by aspects like personality, skills and abilities. Their behavioral development is affected by the particularities of many environmental factors.

It is difficult to diagnose an infant or a small baby with autism, as the signs of autism are very subtle at such an early age. Sometimes, however, parents are able to detect the presences of certain abnormalities in the development of their child. Although parents aren’t always able to tell exactly what makes their child different from other children of the same age, it is very important when they discover such behavioral particularities.

At the opposite pole, some parents fail to notice any abnormalities in their children’s behavior, thinking that they might just develop slower than others. An interesting form of autism is regressive autism. Many children seem to develop normally until they reach certain periods of their early childhood, when the first signs of autism suddenly occur. At this point, children experience a deterioration of their social interaction and communication skills. Autism Early Childhood

The signs of autism in the child’s first years of life are: – poor responsiveness to their own name and selective responsiveness to sounds (children with autism may ignore certain sounds, while responding to others of the same intensity);

– difficulties in joint attention (autistic children don’t usually follow the movements indicated by their parents and refuse to concentrate on objects that are shown to them);

– poor imitational behaviors (unlike normal babies, small babies with autism don’t often imitate facial expressions and gestures like hand waving, smiling, making faces);

– lack of understanding of others’ feelings, difficulties in relating with other people (autistic children have poor emphatic skills and are often unable to show compassion to persons in distress; in most cases they ignore their parents when they fake an injury, showing no facial expressions that may reveal their concern);

– the inability of understand and play imagination games or “pretend” games (normal children like to pretend for instance that they are feeding a doll or they imagine themselves to be someone else; children with autism show no interest to such games, failing to imagine things to be different than they really are).

It is vital to pay attention to potential signs of autism in the development of small children. If a child is diagnosed with a form of autism at an early age, there are better chances of overcoming the undesirable effects of the disorder. Don’t let your child suffer anymore! Lead your child out of his world through Autism Early Childhood program now!

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What Is Autism – Will You Try To Be Informed About Autism?

What Is Autism

Being informed about autism today, seems to be more clear and make more sense than many years ago. When I was younger, I never heard the word autism and if I did, I was not relating to it, and had no clue or idea what it meant.

Just what is autism and how can we try to be informed about the disorder or subject? Many people, including today, are not aware of what autism is. Autism has been defined as a physical disorder of the brain. Each child is different and the symptoms vary according to age and their abilities and sometimes their environment.

To understand autism and be informed to what it is, you need to understand the symptoms. What are the symptoms to be informed and relate to it? There are many symptoms and clues to what autism is, but you need to know these symptoms or at least some of them.

There is the inability of most children with autism that, they are limited to social skills.

They show no interest or very little interest, to interact with other children.

They do not understand verbal expression of emotions, or how relate to them.

Their eye contact is limited. What Is Autism

They seem to be happy in an isolated environment.

They have limited social skills to interact with other children or individuals.

They do not know how to communicate.

They love routine, not changes.

They sometimes do self-injury, banging head and have a spacial stare

To be informed about autism, you must read about it, be patient, persistent, network with other individuals who have children with autism. Join groups to share your information you have obtained.

Start, create, organize an autism book club, where you gather with friends, family and people who are interested about autism. Meet once a month or every two weeks at different homes of the people within the book club and discuss, review the books, information and take notes on the discussion to be informed. Share your experience with other individuals within the groups.

By doing these small things and being creative, you open the doors to new and better areas to continue to be informed on the different levels of autism.

I believe with all my heart, never give up on your child, no matter how frustrating it is, or difficult it may seem. When you become educated on autism, doors open to be more informed and you learn and grow and with time, your child with autism does not seem to be as frustrating as it was.

Believe in your self and your child. Never, never, give up. What Is Autism

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