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Question?: Angry Autistic Teenager

Mary asks…

I’m scared to go in public. I’m only 14 years old. What will life be like later life?

Couple years ago i started year 7. (Im Autistic btw) Everytime there was an argument or some b*tchy girl was being mean i felt like punching them in the face. Don’t we all? But then it got worse, whenever i felt sad I wanted to hurt someone, I didn’t want to though. I vivdly remember going to y dads and playing with my little brothers (3 and 5 at the time) The older one was jumping around the round screaming and wooping. He is very energetic and bouncy. I got stressed from the noise and i picked him up. I wanted to throw him but i just gained control and put him down on the armchair. I said”Angus, you need to calm down now. I am very tired ok?” he said ok and ran off to play sandcastles with Monty the younger one. I felt horrified about thinking such a thing. I do still have moments now but I am 100% in control. I only think thoughts rarely but i never do anything. very rare happen now but I do still have problems. I am scared of loud noises which i do sometimes find disturbing and therefore i do not like crowds. If I’m alone for a moment I freak out turning all the lights on and turning on TV’s to make it think there’s someone in the house. I feel there are ghostlike people in our house and the only place that is safe is with someone or in my bedroom. Sometimes I’ll want to cry for no reason, yet im not depressed.

Because of all these problems I’m scared of setting foot outside alone now. I could walk all the way to the shops before high school, now i can’t go anywhere. I accept the fatc that “im just 14” but what about in later life? Im autistic remember so these problems may never go away. I don’t want to do counselling, it didn’t work before.

admin answers:

Maybe you should try talking to someone you trust like your parents or a teacher? They could help you see that there really is nothing to be afraid of. I’m a teenager and I’m not autistic or anything but I know when I have a problem or something it helps to talk it through.
You said counselling didn’t work for you, well maybe you could try a different counsellor, as not everyone clicks with certain people.
It’s really great that you have learned to control yourself in the situations where you feel angry and violent, but you should definitely talk to someone you trust about this, because you never know when one day it could go too far and someone could get hurt, including you.

I wish you all the best xxx

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Question?: Autism Signs 2 Year Old

Paul asks…

Autism,my 2 year old has it, what does the future hold? He communicates by holding your hand and pointing?

My 2 year old son has been diagnosed with autism,he cannot speak at the moment,his signs of autism are good, he’s very loving.He loves to kiss and cuddle up and to hold hands and walk everywhere, he hates using the car to travel. When he walks he likes to walk the same way, and signs on the pavement he stops to look at, they fasinate him.Luke can hold a spoon and fork and feed himself, and he is going to hospital in september to find what form of autism he has, t’s like a playcentre in the oxford jr hospital and the staff monitor his play and behavour. But he loves to laugh and smile and go on the trampoline with his brothers and jump up and down with them.Tv i notice is bad for him, he’s like in a coma with it, in a trance state,he loves dora.But im wondering if he will ever speak or be able to run,as he can only walk.Has anyone a guess what sort of autism he might have or what his chances of speaking are.I wondor if he will ever share a room with his brother?He handflaps when happy

admin answers:

Sounds like my son!! My son is now 5 years old and I’m happy to say he talks all the time! When my son was two, he didn’t speak either and I was getting quite worried. Yes, he used to take my hand and pull me towards whatever it was he wanted. But he started talking about age 3.

I don’t remember if he ran or not at that point (he does now) but he was definitely clumsy with his motor skills. And my son also handflaps when happy (and sometimes when agitated). He also reads soooo well and has been reading since he was 3; he’s truly amazing.

Over the years he’s matured so much and has grown out of some of his earlier problems (such as having trouble waiting in line, not wanting to be potty trained, not talking…) He still has issues with food (he’s very limited in his food choices) and is scared of loud noises but then again, I know he will always have some issues. He’s come a LONG way!

He doesn’t share a room with his sister but he definitely could if he needed to (they get along soooo well).

I would look into NAET therapy from a chiropracter or holistic doctor. It’s not very well known and looks a bit weird but try it. I did it with my son and the results were amazing. I’d suggest doing a few treatments and seeing what you think. The day after one of the treatments, he just started talking nonstop… It was almost as if he “woke up”. It was really amazing.

Good luck, you’re on the right path!!

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Question?: Autism Signs In 3 Year Olds

Donald asks…

Anyone out there have a child with autism?

I am so worried that my 3 year old son has some kind of form of autism. His dr. wants him to be evaluated. Could someone out there tell me what life is like having a child with autism, and how did you first know something was out of the norm with them?

admin answers:

My nephew is autistic, and i believe he was dignosed about the age of 3. He is an extreme case. He is now 5. He still talks very little, and he has a lot of difficulty with change. For example, he has pinkeye right now, and it has been a madhouse here just trying to get eyedrops in his eyes.

He is very bright, however. He is very stubborn, and cries for hours on end if he doesn’t get his way. He is not antisocial, but has a lot of trouble sharing things like toys. He sometimes daydreams so deeply that even loud noises don’t shake him from them. He seems to function rather well most of the time. Just doesn’t deal well with things he’s not used to. He picks up on some things faster than most kids. Like the fact that he no longer calls his mother mommy. He calls her by her first name, because that is what we all call her.

He sees a speech therapist and and an occupational therapist, and it was his OT that originally pointed out signs. He said the first clue was that when he looked at something new, he held it close to his face and wiggled his fingers on it. Sometimes he just waves his fingers in front of his face like he’s holding something we can’t see. Another sign (or so his mother tells me) is that he seems to “talk” in his own language. Seems like babble to me, but he also seems to have his own certain words or noises from certain things.

May not be a lot of help in your own situation, but this is what I have observed.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome

Steven asks…

what are the symptoms of Asperger syndrome?

i need to know what the symptoms of Asperger Syndrome are. if antone may know please let me know.

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If you have Asperger’s Syndrome, you might…

…Not pick up on social cues and may lack inborn social skills, such as being able to read others’ body language, start or maintain a conversation, and take turns talking.

…Dislike any changes in routines.

…Appear to lack empathy.

…Be unable to recognize subtle differences in speech tone, pitch, and accent that alter the meaning of others’ speech. Thus, your child may not understand a joke or may take a sarcastic comment literally. Likewise, his or her speech may be flat and difficult to understand because it lacks tone, pitch, and accent.

…Have a formal style of speaking that is advanced for his or her age. For example, the child may use the word “beckon” instead of “call” or the word “return” instead of “come back.”

…Avoid eye contact or stare at others.

…Have unusual facial expressions or postures.

…Be preoccupied with only one or few interests, which he or she may be very knowledgeable about.

…Be overly interested in parts of a whole or in unusual activities, such as designing houses, drawing highly detailed scenes, or studying astronomy. They may show an unusual interest in certain topics such as snakes, names of stars, or dinosaurs.

…Talk a lot, usually about a favorite subject. One-sided conversations are common. Internal thoughts are often verbalized.

….Have delayed motor development. Your child may be late in learning to use a fork or spoon, ride a bike, or catch a ball. He or she may have an awkward walk. Handwriting is often poor.
Have heightened sensitivity and become overstimulated by loud noises, lights, or strong tastes or textures. For more information about these symptoms, see sensory integration dysfunction.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Toddlers

Ruth asks…

Is it normal for my little boy to not be able to say around 4 words at fifteen months of age?

my baby is fifteen months and he can only say 4 words, none of which are clear. Is that normal or should I take him to see a speech therapist? I was worried that he could be showing signs of autism because he bangs his head, all the time for no reason since he was around a month old. I also noticed he was sensitive to light and sound. He hates loud noises, I know I probably seem overly concerned or paranoid but I wanted to know your opinions should I get him tested for one or both? Or should I just leave it alone for now, and wait it out ?

admin answers:

It is normal for a baby that age not to say much. Some toddlers don’t say much at all until they’re close to two; and then, all of a sudden, they just talk as if they’ve always been talking.

With regard to the other things, though, if you’re concerned you ought to talk to his doctor. He may be fine, but a doctor can tell you that. If, on the other hand, he isn’t completely fine the earlier he is diagnosed and begins to get treatment (if he did have Autism), the more likely he can be helped (maybe to the point of being ok).

I’ve always heard that babies with Autism usually don’t show signs as early as a month old, so that’s something to keep in mind if you talk to his doctor.

Really, though, since you have seen a few things that are making you concerned why not just ask the doctor about those things and take it from there. Again, if he does have a problem it won’t help him if you wait it out. If he doesn’t have a problem, then you’ll be reassured by getting him checked out.

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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?: Pdd-nos Checklist

Carol asks…

Do you think my 26 year old brother could be autistic?

I just checked out this website and he has every symptom on there. http://www.autism-pdd.net/checklist.html#checklist

He didn’t start speaking until he was 3-all he did was growl. I have a 3 year old, so I know that’s not normal.
He used to bang his head when he was angry so hard that he would get bruises.
The teachers thought he was dyslexic and he couldn’t color in the lines.
He strongly prefers to be alone in his room ever since he was little. He lives with my parent’s now and doesn’t come out of his room unless he absolutely has too.
He says things that don’t make sense in conversations.
He’s extremely sensitive to loud noises.
Has only had one job in his life as a stock boy and that didn’t last long.
Just sort of pushed through school-without ever learning anything that my friend’s 8 year old doesn’t know.
He graduated from high school through a special ed program.

I love my brother very much, but I’m worried about his ability to live on his own someday. Also, one of my cousins is autistic. He’s different from my brother, but I know that there’s different types of autism

What do you think might be gong on?

admin answers:

You are correct, there are many different types of autism. Some people may have profound autism with equally profound intellectual impairments, whilst others may have very mild autism and be intellectually normal (or better).

The fact that he was in special education indicates he has some diagnosis. His behaviors sound strongly like either autistic disorder or PDD-NOS. I say PDD-NOS as to be diagnosed with either autistic disorder or Asperger’s syndrome there must be repetitive and restrictive behaviors. He may have them but they haven’t been listed. Things like obsessive interests (that may dominate conversations, that he spends significant amounts of time researching or doing), insistence on non-functional routines (such as sitting in the same spot, watching the same episode of a TV show or taking the same route to a particular location) and repetitive movements or speech (repeating what he or someone else has said, rocking back and forth – you have already mentioned head banging).

It seems likely that he has some form of autism. He should get diagnosed and then see a specialist who can help him with things such as independent living, social skills and sensory problems.

You should also be looking out for any problems in your son. You have a family history of ASD. You would have noticed if it was anything serious but the milder forms (Asperger’s syndrome and high functioning autistic disorder) may not present with speech delays, self injurious behaviors and severe impairments. If you notice anything odd then see a specialist because early treatment is one of the most effective methods for minimizing the eventual severityof an ASD.

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Activities for Autistic Children 2012

Autism is one disorder out of the group of Austism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs); the other two are pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)and Asperger syndrome. Autism is a neural development disorder which affects the person’s communication and social interaction. It is characterized by repetitive and restrictive behavior. The disorder affects how the person’s nerve cells and synapses organize and connect. Autism is usually noticed and diagnosed within the first five years of a child’s life.

There are many activities for autistic children that a parent or caregiver can provide. These activities help desensitize the child to things that previously would have been overwhelming: scents, textures, sounds, light, and tastes.

Autistic kids will often tap their ears, snap their fingers, or retreat to a place that is quiet; often they do this to block or hide away from sounds that are hurting or overwhelming them. One activity you can do with an autistic child is to make musical shakers.This works to both help the child become used to loud noises, and can also help with desensitizing the child toward certain textures. These type of play can be used as activities for autistic children.

Collect different containers you can use for shakers: salt and pepper shakers, paper towel rolls, plastic soda containers, and coffee cans. Next, gather materials to place inside the containers: dried beans, dried peas, dried pasta, dried rice, dried popcorn, coins, and other small, hard items. Make sure to supervise children who have a tendency to put things in their mouths. Activities for children with autism help the child to become used to loud sounds, strange textures, and allow them to create artwork or music, all at once.

Wash and dry all of the containers, and then let the child pick out which container to use. Offer construction paper so he or she can decorate the outside. Next, experiment with tactile sensations: have the child reach into each bowl and feel the texture of each item. Ask what he or she thinks it will sound like when the items are placed into the container. Finally, allow the child to pick which item to listen to first and fill the container about a third to half-way with the item (rice, macaroni, pennies, etcetera) and fasten the lid tightly.

Do the same thing for each item; place each group into its own container and allow the child to shake each one in turn. Ask the child which container makes the “best” sound and ask why it’s best. In turn, ask which one makes the “worst” sound – this will help you identify which sounds are most irritating and you can work on these in the future with other activities for autistic children.

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How Can You Help Your Autistic Child Create Friendships?

Friends are important to people. Having friends and creating friends for your autistic child could be challenging. How will you be able to accept this challenge and help your child who has the disorder of autism, create friendships?

It is imperative to know your child.Know his or her weaknesses and strengths. Consider the social limitations your child may have. Not only participating with autistic children, but non-autistic children. Each child is unique and may need various kinds of help or coaching for encouragement and to gain confidence.

Some autistic children may have difficulty in expressing their verbal language. In addition, not being able to understand verbal language from other children. This can make it a challenge to communicate and create friendships with other children and autistic children.

Therefore, it is wise to determine the limitations your child may have, before you decide, your child should socialize and create friendships.

By taking this action, you will learn what your child is expressing and what he or she is able to handle. This will determine what kind of friends are appropriate for your individual to socialize with, when trying to create friendships.

Set a play date for that is fun for your child and other children. This could be done at school, or outside of the classroom. Take time to find the right situation for your child and other children to participate in.

When you do find the time that will work for all of the children, and the place, keep the time short and limited. This will eliminate stress, frustration and rejection from other children. By being aware of this and taking charge of the situation, your child will probably want to continue this activity or another one. It will help to create friends at his or her own pace.

If your child does not like crowds, bright lights, loud noises, confusing activities, multiple activities, take this into consideration. Do not force your child to take part in areas, where you know he or she will become upset. What is a fun activity or place for some children, could be extremely overwhelming for a child with the disorder of autism.

Another way you can help your autistic child create friendships is, if you have made many attempts for your child to participate in activities, new places, new times, to socialize and it does not seem to be working, perhaps it is time for you to be creative with a new idea or plan.

If you know your child, you will know if he or she needs more time to adjust to other individuals, activities, new places, etc. Be sure you are not placing an enormous amount of pressure on your child, by having too high expectations for him or her to socialize on your terms and thoughts. Instead, take into consideration each individual is different. You will want to evaluate your motives for encouraging creative friendships and socialization for your child.

If your child feels comfortable with one friend and is having fun, that may be all that is necessary for the present time. You may find you do not need to create more friendships or have your child participate in more social activities. Keep the pace simple for creating new friendships. Do not push your child into new friendships, when one or two friends could be enough and it will avoid unwanted stress.

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How Auditory Stimulation Helps an Hurts and Autistic Child

Sounds are a part of our everyday life, and so when dealing with an autistic child who has sensory problems, sound is one of the first things you should learn to control, especially in a learning environment. Sound can both be hurtful and helpful for an autistic child. Because each autistic individual is different, you must closely observe him or her to find out what types of reactions you can expect from auditory sensory stimulation.

Loud or frightening sounds may be the most difficult type of sensory stimulation in an autistic child’s life. Many of our routine daily activities include such sounds, hurting the growth process. Autistic children can not and will not learn if they are frightened. For example, parents often find that they have a difficult time toilet training their autistic children. This may be due to the scary sound of the toilet flushing; witch could be overpowering to and autistic child. Instead, try using a potty seat away from the actual toilet until they get used to the idea. Another example is loud or crunchy foods. If your autistic child is a picky eater, try to notice specifically which foods he or she blatantly refuses to eat. Sometimes, food simply sounds too loud when crunching in an autistic child’s mouth, and these loud noises can hurt his or her ears. If this is the case with your child, provide alternative soft foods instead of crunchy carrots, apples, or potato chips. Other loud sounds, such as a vacuum cleaner, may hurt your child’s ears. Try to do these activities when he or she is not in the room, or consider providing your child with earplugs that he or she can use if the world gets too loud.

Sounds can also cause fixation. Some children, for example, constantly hum and seem fixated on the sights and sounds of lawn mowers. Use this fixation to be beneficial. For example, read stories about lawn mowers or use the humming in conjunction with a song. Music is a great way in which autistic individuals can learn, because sound is a form of nonverbal communication. Teachers and parents should use this tool in learning environments. The key is to make sound work for you and your child. Autism is a difficult disorder to handle, so by being sensitive to your child’s specific needs, you can help him or her learn to deal with the sounds of everyday life.

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