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Question?: Angry Autistic Child

James asks…

What actions to take when a disabled child is being bullied at school.?

I have a 13 yr. old son with Autism and he is constantly being bullied at school because he is a little different. The school has been notified on three different occasions and nothing seems to be working to prevent this from happening. What can I do?

admin answers:

Go the the district superintendent if the principal isnt doing anything. If that doesn’t work,draw your kid out of school and enroll him in a different school. Bullying an autistic kid is unacceptable! My mom is a life skills teacher and all 4 of her students are my close friends. It makes me angry to hear that someone would bully these kids. I truly hope that this is solved and he doesnt have this happen to him anymore.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Test

George asks…

How would a doctor or psychiatrist test you for schizophrenia?

admin answers:

Diagnosis of any mental disorder utilizes observations by the doctor, questions of the patient by the doctor, feedback from others who know the patient, psychological testing, family history, family health history. Schizophrenia diagnosis is difficult to make and would probably take the doctor pulling together all this information and interviewing the patient on several occasions. Sometime doctors figure out difficult diagnoses by the patient’s response to common medications used to treat depression or anxiety.

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Question?: What Is Autism Speaks

Helen asks…

What are some ways that I can help out in my community?

I’ve been taking small steps in helping out. I’ve donated to Autism Speaks twice (both on separate occasions) and when I’m paying for stuff and the cashier asks if I’d like to donate money to a foundation or charity, I never hesitate and always pitch in the extra dollar. I know that it’s not that impressive, but I just want to help others. What things can I get involved with in my community to help out?

admin answers:

Community Service and Volunteering by Teens: How to Find Opportunities
Very detailed information that discusses your many, many options – the usual and many activities you probably never thought of. Includes instructions on how to find specific volunteering opportunities (with animals, with children, just for one day, etc.).

Ideas for Leadership Volunteering Activities
Ideas for Creating Your Own Volunteering Activity
This page is for those seeking ideas for a leadership project that will lead to a
sustainable, lasting benefit to a community or cause.

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Tips for Helping Your Child Become a Savvy Consumer

Every holiday from New Year’s to Christmas and everything else in between provides opportunities for families and businesses to celebrate. It offers a time for families to gather and do something special and it gives business a chance to increase their revenues. As a result, the holidays and other occasions, such as back to school, are always accompanied by ample media messages in print and on the screen. We have come to know these as commercials and advertisements, and every holiday comes with new enticements to buy, buy, buy!

Commercials and advertisements have been around since the 1950’s and every generation has been exposed to the shopping hype during the holiday season. Tis’ the season for a constant barrage of media messages from various sources. Everyone that watches receives overt or subliminal messages from businesses that desperately want us to buy their wares – from a company trying to convince you that your child needs a particular item in order to reach his or her potential, to playing upon a parent’s fear that their child’s safety is at stake and a cell phone is what is needed to bring peace of mind.

As difficult as these messages may be for us adults to sort out and resolve, we are able to filter out what these cooperate conglomerates are attempting to do. We are able to think for ourselves and we have our values to guide us. Most of us are confident about our parenting identity and what we want for our children.

So where does that leave our children? Unfortunately, young children are very easily influenced by media messages, especially television commercials. Young children will use them to determine what is cool and what they think they need. The average child sees more than 40,000 commercials each year. Commercials are quick, fast-paced and entertaining. They are easy to remember with catchy phrases that try to convince your child they can’t live without a certain product.

How many of you have experienced a constant request for certain toys, products, or clothing that your children have seen advertised on TV or on the internet? Once a commercial has enticed your child, the nag factor sets in. We have to expect that when kids are bombarded by ads telling them to buy certain products in order to be popular – that nagging will soon follow.

According to a national survey of youth commissioned by the Center for a New American Dream,

• the average American child aged 12-17 will ask their parents for products they’ve seen advertised on TV an average of nine times until their parents finally give in.

• for parents of so-called “tweens”, 12-13 year olds, these children admit to asking their parents more than fifty times for products they’ve seen advertised.

Ask yourself if this is what you want to deal with when your child is that age?

We may not be able to control the images and enticements our children are bombarded with out there in the community at large but we certainly can maintain some control over which messages creep into our homes. How does a parent in today’s media generated culture keep excessive commercialism from negatively impacting their child and the true spirit of the holidays? Here are some tips to help you get started.

Help Your Child Think Critically about TV

Whenever possible, talk to your child about what they see on television. If your child is very young she may not be able to tell the difference between a show, a commercial, a cartoon or real life and that characters on TV are make-believe and not real. For older children you can always turn a commercial or an advertisement into a learning experience by helping your child find the appropriate message. Always remember, if you do not want your child exposed to certain messages, you can either turn off the TV or explain why you object.

Help your child resist commercials

Do not expect your child to be able to resist ads for toys, candy, snacks, cereal, drinks or new programs without your help. When your child asks for products advertised on TV, explain that the purpose of commercials is to make people want things they may not need. Limit the number of commercials your child sees by watching public television stations (PBS) or other educational programing. You also can record programs and leave out the commercials or buy or rent children’s videos or DVDs.

Make television viewing a team sport.

If your schedule prevents you from watching TV together as a family, try recording the programs so that you can watch them with your child at a later time. Watching TV with your children whenever you can allows you to mute the television during commercial breaks. This is a great time to discuss the life learning opportunities that can be derived from the television show you are viewing. Or, you can choose to watch the commercials together and help your children understand advertisers’ marketing techniques.

Explore helpful resources.

Fortunately there is much that parents can do to protect their kids from the pressure to buy more and get more. The Center for a New American Dream http://www.newdream.org has a brochure called Tips for Parenting in a Commercial Culture , which can be downloaded for free.

Stay informed.

Find out what the experts are saying. The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement on commercialism and how constant exposure to advertising effects children – Children, Adolescents, and Advertising. These policy statements are always being revised and kept up to date so make sure you check in and see what they have to say.

When any child watches television you can be sure that he is receiving numerous media messages, which promote the notion that consumption is the pathway to happiness, acceptance, popularity and success. These messages are also creeping into the internet and the cell phones that now seem to be a normal part of life for most children. It is important to understand that any media, which advances a commercial culture may impact your holidays, your child and your wallet more than you realize BUT don’t ever forget that you are in control.

If you say ‘no’ to television because of commercials, say ‘yes’ to something else – a board game, making a pie, or going on a bike ride together. Help your child find other things to do with his time, such as playing, reading, arts and crafts, exploring his natural environment, learning a hobby, a sport, an instrument or doing a community service. In doing so you can take pleasure in knowing that you are advancing a culture of creative thinkers and caring people.

Connie Hammer, MSW, parent educator, consultant and coach, guides parents of young children recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder to uncover abilities and change possibilities. Visit her website http://www.parentcoachingforautism.com/ to get your FREE resources – a parenting e-course, Parenting a Child with Autism – 3 Secrets to Thrive and a weekly parenting tip newsletter, The Spectrum.

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Autism – Coping With Well Meaning Family And Friends And Even Strangers!

Have you ever taken your child with autism to the supermarket and faced the stares and rude comments from other shoppers and sales assistants who see you as a parent who simply can’t control your child? And if this isn’t difficult enough to cope with you arrive at a family gathering or a get together with friends only to receive similar comments, or worse still, advice on ‘good parenting’ or behavior management techniques.

We have found moments like these are a real struggle.

We’re sure even the strongest of parents eventually start to feel the tap tap tapping away at their self confidence on occasions like these – especially when they happen regularly.

Developing strategies to help cope with well meaning family and friends (and even rude strangers) who have the ability to knock you over with one off-handed comment is really important. Below are some strategies that we have both tried ourselves and have had suggested to us by others. Whilst these strategies may not always work in every situation it’s worth giving them a go – after all, your self confidence and personal morale is at stake!

1. Develop a ‘line’. Have a response such as, “Thanks for your advice, but we are dealing with our child’s behaviour following advice from specialists / professionals. We appreciate you being understanding of our position.” Often this will deter any further comments on your parenting skills.

2. A strategy that has been suggested to us is to present interfering strangers and associates with a card that simply states “my child has autism / aspergers syndrome”. Other parents have found that people who are aware of the disorder generally move on without further comment, or become very apologetic. Even those who aren’t familiar with autism will usually look fairly embarrassed and move away – either because they don’t know what it means or because they have been taken to task on their inappropriate comments.

3. Prepare in advance for get togethers with family or friends. It is good to talk to people before the event about issues that you may be facing, and just how it is that you will be managing your childs behaviour. Even if you can speak to a couple of understanding people, you will at least feel supported and less anxious prior to the event.

4. Be confident in your approach with your child. If you are in a department store when your child decides to throw a tantrum, stand tall and deal with it just as you would normally (as if you were in your own home). If you need to take your child outside or away from anything that may be causing aggravation, then do so calmly and confidently. A parent who appears sure of themselves and confident in what they are doing is less likely to draw comment from onlookers. Yes, you will probably still attract some stares, and you may feel completely out of control yourself, but a parent who gives the impression of being in control will usually avoid unnecessary attention.

5. Above all, stay calm, relaxed, and smile – it’s amazing the effect this will have on any situation!

Elissa Plumridge is a mother of two children, her son having an autism spectrum disorder. She shares her views and advice on autism spectrum disorders, drawing from her experience as a mother of a child with an ASD and as a teacher. More information can be found on Elissa’s blog at [http://www.managingautism.com]

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Parenting Aspergers Resource Guide Review – It Is Not As Difficult As It Seems

If you think handling a child is difficult, wait until you handle a child with Aspergers. Kids with this disorder have difficulties in social interaction and often display intense interests on specific things. Aspergers is an autism spectrum that most parents would give up on. I hope you are not one of these parents. And Dave Angel, the author of Parenting Aspergers Resource Guide, does not want you to. So, in order to help the parents or relatives of a child with Asperger Syndrome, he developed and published a guide for all of you.

The Parenting Aspergers Resource Guide has been used by thousands of people to help them in their everyday life with a kid that has Aspergers. Most parents of a child with Aspergers would split up because of the strains and pressure in taking care of them. If you are alone taking care of your child or relative with this disorder, it is a tough life you got.

You always need to face the pressure when you go to gatherings or occasions and you need to bring your child. You can not do what you really want because you need to guide him or her every now and then since the child is not very good with these. And the worst part is that even you, the parent or guardian, have problems in communicating with him or her. You would feel that you can not get to know the child better and see the world in his eyes.

In order to cope with the kid, you need to give your whole heart in taking care of him or her. These kids mostly want something rather than everything and they give intense desire for this thing. As the guardian, you need to always be there and watch him do the same routines over and over again. You need to adjust to the very sensitive senses of the child and most of all, always understand their feelings.

Taking care of a child with this syndrome is not as hard as it seems. However, you need to be guided in order to understand them and give the world they are comfortable to live in. Dave’s Parenting Aspergers Resource Guide is the one you need. You can get yours here http://bit.ly/ParentingAspergersResourceGuide with a money back guarantee so that you have nothing to lose! And do not forget, everything that you will do from the guide, do it with all your heart; that will make everything easier.



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