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Question?: Autistic Disorder

Joseph asks…

How can I help my son who was diagnosed with mild autism?

My son is 3 and a half & was recently diagnosed with mild autism. Developmentally is a year behind in his speech & comprehension development. He still has difficulty answering “yes & no” questions & obviously he talks like a child who is just learning to talk. His answers & comments seem as if they are robotic & that he is not really thinking about what he is saying. It is a few months before his next doctors appointment & I know he will start various types of therapy. My question is what can I do in the meantime to help him with his language & communication skills? I have flash cards, & am aware of the “obvious” things you typically do to teach children. But I feel that I need some fresh ideas, because he doesn’t learn like other children due to his autistic disorder.

admin answers:

Hi:-) I have 2 HFA children. 6 and 4 years of age. Until you get therapy which I know can take forever to get…. You have to require language of him. In other words if you know he knows how to ask for something or if he knows the word for something you need not give in for 1/2 language. Require him to tell you if he knows. No matter what kind of fit you might get. Autistic children can be very resistant to change. The flash cards are great! I would sit with my children and when they were learning basic language and we would do flash cards. Try to be flexible in your approach. If he wants to put the correct ones in a box let him. Or if he wants to hold them let him. Make sure he gets a tangible reward for his cooperation. Also make sure some of the cards he knows to avoid frustration. Talk to him all the time about what things are and what they do even if you do not think he is listening. Take him to open places and pick flowers and tell him what they are. Appeal to his curiosity. There is alot you can do. Be creative. I hope this helps. I have been down this road twice. And still traveling.

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Question?: Autistic

James asks…

What parents can do to help their autistic child?

I am doing a project on autistic children. I was wondering if people had their own opinions or if you know any helpful websites. Thank you.

admin answers:

1. If you can, talk to people who have (Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) High-Functioning Autism (HFA) for suggestions on how to help an Autistic child.

2. Read books written by Temple Grandin, Ph.D who is Autistic.

3. Read books written by Donna Williams who is Autistic.

4. Visit these websites.

Autism Society of America (ASAF)

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Question?: Autistic Kids

Thomas asks…

Is there a store that sells toys for autistic kids in Washington DC?

IF there is a store in Washington DC that sells toys especially intended for autistic kids, I need to know either the name and location or the website.
Thank you very much for your help.

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Here’s a good article that recommends toys to buy for autistic kids.

My son has high functioning autism. When he was a toddler, I found that electronic toys were not a good play toy for him. He was obsessed with the lights, or the buzzing or whatever noise it made. He did not “play” with it.

Try to find toys that the child can have meaningful play with and will foster imaginative play. Buy a dollhouse with figures and demonstrate for him what these figures do in their house. Or get building blocks to help with motor coordination.

I wouldn’t buy any “special” autistic toys. Plain old regular toys will work just fine.


Actually, Discovery toys has very good toys. They can be for any child, autistic or not. Here’s their website and they say their toys are suitable for autistic children. I have a few of their toys. They are kind of expensive, but of excellent quality.
(We have Whiz Kids and The Brain Game – both of my children, one with HFA and the other typical, LOVE these games).

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Question?: Pdd Nos Symptoms

David asks…

Job interview for working with adults who has Autism?

I have got a job interview this week working with adults with Autism have you got any ideas what sort of questions may be asked at the interview?

admin answers:

You should be familiar with the various autism spectrum disorders: Asperger’s, HFA, full-blown autism, PDD-NOS, etc. You should also know what ABA is. You should know about symptoms like stimming, stereotypy, echolalia, sensory-integration disorders, etc. You should know what the DSM-IV is.

It’s OK in the interview to tell the interviewer (if they ask) that this is all stuff you leaned in preparation for this job.

Good luck.

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Question?: Rett Syndrome In Boys

Lisa asks…

What’s worse, Aspergers Syndrome, Or High Functioning Autism?

What condition is more mild
I looked into, They are different disorders. I just want to know what’s worse.

admin answers:

Well aspergers because aspergers is around the middle of moderate and mild autism and hfa is mild i have aspergers and went to trout lodge for a trip with other kids with autism and a boy had hfa and he seemed more milder and i did research on it and i read that hfa is milder the spectrum is rett syndrome, classic autism , aspergers, pdd, hfa, and pddnos in order on autism x 6 there are three milder kids emma bobby and nephi bobby has hfa and nephi and emma has aspergers emma and nephi have obbsessions and bobby does not so hfa is milder but some people say that both of them are the same so there are theries about it

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Shall we do this together? Social gaze influences action control in a comparison group, but not in individuals with high-functioning autism

Shall we do this together? Social gaze influences action control in a comparison group, but not in individuals with high-functioning autism Sign In to gain access to subscriptions and/or My Tools. sign in icon Sign In | My Tools | Contact Us | HELP SJO banner Search all journals Advanced Search Go Search History Go Browse Journals Go Skip to main page content

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Max-Planck Institute for Neurological Research, Cologne, and University of Cologne, Germany Simon B. Eickhoff
Research Centre Juelich, and University of Aachen, Germany Edna C. Cieslik
Research Centre Juelich, Germany Bojana Kuzmanovic
University of Cologne, Germany Kai Vogeley
University of Cologne, and Research Centre Juelich, Germany Leonhard Schilbach, Max-Planck-Institute for Neurological Research, Gleueler Str. 50, 50931 Cologne, Germany. Email: leonhard.schilbach{at}nf.mpg.de Abstract Perceiving someone else’s gaze shift toward an object can influence how this object will be manipulated by the observer, suggesting a modulatory effect of a gaze-based social context on action control. High-functioning autism (HFA) is characterized by impairments of social interaction, which may be associated with an inability to automatically integrate socially relevant nonverbal cues when generating actions. To explore these hypotheses, we made use of a stimulus-response compatibility paradigm in which a comparison group and patients with HFA were asked to generate spatially congruent or incongruent motor responses to changes in a face, a face-like and an object stimulus. Results demonstrate that while in the comparison group being looked at by a virtual other leads to a reduction of reaction time costs associated with generating a spatially incongruent response, this effect is not present in the HFA group. We suggest that this modulatory effect of social gaze on action control might play an important role in direct social interactions by helping to coordinate one’s actions with those of someone else. Future research should focus on these implicit mechanisms of interpersonal alignment (‘online’ social cognition), which might be at the very heart of the difficulties individuals with autism experience in everyday social encounters.

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Untold Truths About Asperger’s Syndrome Unveiled in Xlibris Self-published Release, ‘aspie’

Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) or High Functioning Autism (HFA) is an autism spectrum disorder that affects around 1,000,000 Americans. In the Xlibris release, Aspie: Memoirs on the Blessings and Burdens of Asperger’s Syndrome, Dr. John Olson illustrates his ordeal with Asperger’s Syndrome. 

John shares his struggle with symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome, from physical manifestations to social, language and learning issues, as well as concerns of restricted interest – all of which were inherent in him until he was diagnosed with the condition at age 40. 

Aspie shows the implications of AS for one’s personal, social and work life. In this self-published book, John relates that one can lead a normal, happy life even when affected with Asperger’s syndrome. He also sheds light on the fact that by knowing some of the barriers of this disorder, anyone with Asperger’s Syndrome can work around them to their advantage and treat these effects significantly.

About the Author
Born in 1963, John Olson was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, which, at that time was an uncommon disorder in the United States. He attended regular public school just like the other normal kids instead of being admitted to an institution for his special needs. John excelled academically with the help and encouragement of his teachers. In fact, he successfully obtained his Ph.D title. However, he still continues to struggle with unexplainable social behavior up until now. 

Dr. Olson has worked as a statistician, college professor and high school teacher. He is currently teaching in Mesa, Arizona and doing freelance writing as well.

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