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Question?: Autistic Adults

Joseph asks…

Is anyone with autism on medication trying to reduce the learning problems?

To you autistic adults out there, do you take any medication to reduce your learning problems. And to the parents of autistic children, do you give them any medication to try reduce their learning problems?

admin answers:

I’m not an adult, but close enough to one to be able to answer your question. I’m planning on going on some medience because of my anxiety/depression, which is really not lighting up on me, and it’s been two years. I don’t have any learning probelms persay though, so I can’t really take any. I found that resipodal was really helpful when it came to giving me more attention, and it didn’t make me feel drugged out. It has a couple side-effects (like low blood pressure), but if you have a low dosage, you shouldn’t have it as much
I have to go to school now, but I hope this helps.

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Question?: Autistic Savant

Robert asks…

How are autistic people portrayed/stereotyped in the UK media?

I’m doing a college presentation on the way autistic people (young or old) are depicted in the British media.

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We are rarely shown, generally stereotyped.

I was diagnosed w aspergers syndrome, AS, 2 yrs ago. Since then ive seen 1 bbc 3 documentary abt young people w AS., cant remember the title, srry.The second gen of skins had JJ, who was diagnosed AS in the series. Louis theroux did something this year on parents of autistic children. Also something about savants, tho that mayve been before i was diagnosed.
Thats it.

Its either- UNUSUAL FREAKS!! Gasp at their amazing maths skills! Or tragic children who cant even say ‘mummy’, or adults in care (abuse in care homes etc). The middle ground; most of us, in fact, is rarely, if ever, explored.
Cure for autism’ type articles appear in the press, but there’s still no cure, so that’s rot.

Obviously having it, i notice its media presence, or absence.

Do consider eg, (gosh, i sound so daily mail, but its true)- why eg the bbc, which makes an admittedly highly fictionalised version of the arthurian legend, Arthur, casts black actors as extras (non speaking) bt has no disabled ones (not that many black ppl in the uk then, certainly not in the south west, certainly not in court or army). Bt there would have been people w visible disabilities- lost eye, limb etc, as medical care was so iffy; where are they? Most of the black actors are extras, so not cast for their acting skill, but rather to be PC. Fine, bt this is racist (done for racial reasons); inclusivity is not extended to women (itd make more visual sense to have women in the army), gay or disabled people.
There are no disabled people on tv- but the bbc in particular is overly PC about black inclusion. Im not being racist- but- disabled? Or gay?? Nowhere. I was pleased to see the directors cast a disabled girl to play a disabled girl in that inbetweeners ep where they smack someone w a frisbee. Thats it. Ugh i do sound horribly like the daily mail- but really. Disability is never seen. So discrimination.

Autism is admittedly a fairly invisible condition, but few VISIBLY disabled people are seen at all on tv, anyway.
Autism doesnt figure; so your question about portrayal would be better rephrased as ‘why never shown?’ thn ‘how shown?’
tho i tire of the ‘eccentric scientific genius’ stereotype, sheldon cooper in the bbt is actually pretty good. Im a girl w AS, + therefore able to hide my AS-ness more (the female presentation is slightly different; women are more attuned to learning social skills than men, anyway) bt his behaviour is certainly stuff i recognise- tho if you met me, you wouldnt suspect til you knew me a while. Flick through a tony atwood book to get an idea on this- hes an amazing authority on aspergers.
We say its like being a spy, as we have to cover our ‘real’ selves, learn the social rules of your world, + ‘act’ a part, conceal our inner sheldon.

Most of what one reads in the media about any type of autism is concerned w children, as though its some Logan’s Run condition, + we all die off at 18, or 20. Obviously, as its life long, there are more over 18 than under, bt thats not what youd deduce from the media. Suicide rates are sky high for autism- it is a hideous condition for many.
For people with AS, we are typically above average intelligence, to off the scale IQs. Newton, da vinci, Einstein, steve jobs, bill gates clearly have/had it; again the eccentric scientist model. But there are just as many muscians, artists, actors and designers w it (one attempt at sub catagorisation of types within AS called one ‘the morrissey type’, ha ha). Its often less apparent in the arts type (me) than the science type (eg, my uncle) but does NOT mean *our* presentation is any less invidious.

This may sound like pointless whining or hair splitting bt thanks to eg bbc’s ‘saints and sinners’ there has been an exponential rise in attacks on the disabled recently. Only ever hearing abt the happy autism stories, or mis-perceiving disability as being visible, usually with a wheelchair etc, means that people with ASDs get told ‘you dont look like you have autism’. If someone cant ‘see’ a wheelchair, they think a disabled person is ‘a scrounger’; a fake.

Contry to what you will read, there ARE physical characterises of autism. Looking much younger than actual age, poor eye sight, a certain type of forehead, poor digestion, inflammatory conditions, hypermobile joints, allergies etc etc. Post a Q anyway, on wrongplanet.net, the most widely used autism forum, bt visit too, astheres an in-site search option so you ca find anything you want.
This is a nother, and uk only, forum~ http://www.asd-forum.org.uk

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Medication

Carol asks…

For people whoes work is psycology, are those the people who study things like autism?

Like do they study people with austism behavior and try to find out why?
If not, who do?

admin answers:

Some psychologists do study the behavior and cognition of autistic people, and I think that of all the research you can do on autism, this is the most important. If you can understand the different ways autistic people think, then you can teach them better; and better education means more independence. Nowadays, the education many autistic children receive is substandard, inefficient, coercive, or little better than just a place to go and have someone watch you during the school day. Gifted autistic children have even more trouble–they don’t fit into either the special ed class or the gifted class. Many parents of autistic children have chosen to home-school, and have to learn their particular children’s ways of learning before they can teach anything.

So yes. People are researching it, and it is very important. Learning about cognition and learning in the autistic mind could open doors for a lot of people who have been missing out in school, in college, and in the work world.

Unfortunately, much of the research money is going into autism cause and medications for autism treatment–especially towards genetic testing that would detect autism before birth and allow the option of abortion. Needless to say, this does absolutely nothing to help the autistic people who already exist; nor does it sit very well with autistic people and their families, who would on the whole be much happier if their existence weren’t considered a burden better terminated before it began.

I think we would be a lot better off if we knew more about how autistic people learn. Medication covers up symptoms or just drugs a child into compliance; genetic testing can’t help anybody at all. But if you can properly educate an autistic child, you can remove a lot of obstacles for him to reach his potential. I think we’re missing out on the contributions a lot of people who fell through the cracks of the school system thanks to atypical learning styles.

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Children

Ruth asks…

What’s the best way to reach parents of autistic children about AutismPro – software that can help them?

The company I work for has created a software program called AutismPro that allows parents, teachers and therapists to plan and begin treatment programs for children with autism. The therapeutic content comes from some of the world’s leading autism experts and the program’s monthly subscription rate makes it much less expensive than most other options. It’s a great product, but how do you get the word out there about something like this? How do you inform parents especially?

admin answers:

Get the local health departments to back it. Contact support groups and phone special needs schools let some test it for free. Sell it on amazon or ebay

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Dolman/Delacato method

Dolman/Delacato method

Dolman and Delacato believe that children should learn to crawl or creep before learning to walk.

Three times a year, the Delacato Centre holds courses, which take place in January, May and September, and last for one week. Parents make an appointment to learn how to conduct the therapy at home.

In a study by Rimland and Edelson, 445 parents of autistic children who participated in the therapy reported seeing improvement in their children.

The Dolman/Delacato Method is also known as patterning. Advocates of this method view autism as being the result of a brain injury. The idea with this therapy is that in children with autism (and other disabilities) the brain can be taught to accept new experiences through patterns of movement. New pathways in the brain are forged by making the child crawl or move as children do at earlier developmental stages.

Prior to the therapy beginning, the child is assessed to determine which requirements must be met in his or her therapy sessions. Then, the child participates in therapy sessions lasting for an average of two hours per day, during which he or she performs exercises based on physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and education. The parents may carry out this therapy at home.

Advocates state they’ve seen results ranging from extremely successful to noticeably successful.

Success in the Dolman/Delacato Method rests on the shoulders of the parents. The more work the parents do with the child, the more success will be noticed. Parents who work extensively with the child will also see results more rapidly. It is claimed that within eight months from the beginning of the therapy, some children from ages 2-10 years old are re-classified as ‘high functioning.’ For children with more serious forms of ASD, benefits such as better eye contact, improved attention span, improved behavior, and better language skills are seen.

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Dolman/Delacato method

Dolman/Delacato method

Dolman and Delacato believe that children should learn to crawl or creep before learning to walk.

Three times a year, the Delacato Centre holds courses, which take place in January, May and September, and last for one week. Parents make an appointment to learn how to conduct the therapy at home.

In a study by Rimland and Edelson, 445 parents of autistic children who participated in the therapy reported seeing improvement in their children.

The Dolman/Delacato Method is also known as patterning. Advocates of this method view autism as being the result of a brain injury. The idea with this therapy is that in children with autism (and other disabilities) the brain can be taught to accept new experiences through patterns of movement. New pathways in the brain are forged by making the child crawl or move as children do at earlier developmental stages.

Prior to the therapy beginning, the child is assessed to determine which requirements must be met in his or her therapy sessions. Then, the child participates in therapy sessions lasting for an average of two hours per day, during which he or she performs exercises based on physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and education. The parents may carry out this therapy at home.

Advocates state they’ve seen results ranging from extremely successful to noticeably successful.

Success in the Dolman/Delacato Method rests on the shoulders of the parents. The more work the parents do with the child, the more success will be noticed. Parents who work extensively with the child will also see results more rapidly. It is claimed that within eight months from the beginning of the therapy, some children from ages 2-10 years old are re-classified as ‘high functioning.’ For children with more serious forms of ASD, benefits such as better eye contact, improved attention span, improved behavior, and better language skills are seen.

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Motivating Autistic Children With a Variety of Activities

For those parents of autistic children, you are probably aware of how to motivate the child by employing a variety of activities. However, if your child has just been diagnosed with Autism you are most likely not aware of this as you may not have had the time yet to educated yourself about how this affects the individual. Children as well as teenagers and adults with Autism have a great deal of difficulty conversing and interacting with others while also having impaired communication skills.

In order to help autistic children develop behavioral, language, and social skills, you have to find ways of motivating them to pay attention and learn from this. The key to developing certain life skills may be an early intervention, but these have become easier to teach thanks to the help of some newer motivational methods that are now available. The following are some suggestions for how to motivate autistic children by employing a variety of activities to accomplish this.

Use play therapy that encourages self-expression, provides a sense of accomplishment, and teaches skills to motivate children with Autism.

Allow autistic children to choose the activity they want to engage in such as dancing or jumping and then be sure that you participate in these activities with them. Keep participating with them in these different activities until they communicate with you spontaneously and make eye contact.

Activites involving scripting or “social stories” should be encouraged as it oftentimes helps the non-verbal child with Autism to become more verbal while learning more appropriate behavioral skills. This also helps to improve their communication skills and has the tendency to decrease social isolation.

Employ positive reinforcement during their learning periods and therapy sessions in order to keep communication going. Praising correct answers or prompting another answer after an incorrect one is an excellent way to motivate them into responding more frequently.

Introduce new drills and tasks while still using familiar ones in order to make learning more fun and interesting. Granted, routine and structure are essential to providing autistic children with a comfort zone and teaching them numerous skills. However, Autism studies have revealed that when tasks are interesting and varied, autistic children are better behaved, give more correct answers, learn quicker, and stay more focused.

Incorporate activities that involve sensory integration. These will decrease or increase the level of sensory stimulation that autistic children receive. When a child with Autism is overwhelmed with sensory input, occupational therapists help them to participate in certain activities that help them to filter the amount of sensory input they are receiving.

Finally, children with Autism can also be motivated by employing music therapy and singing. In some cases, autistic children who cannot speak a single word can sing when they are exposed to tunes with repetitive and simple lyrics or phrases. This actually helps them to develop language skills that are lacking while at the same time helping them to eliminate those monotone speech patterns that are so common with autistic children.

For the latest videos and training information on child development as well as books and curricula on Autism please visit childdevelopmentmedia.com.

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Autism: A Hopeful Heart In The Midst Of Pain

Autism is the most damaging truth that an individual could ever face. It gives parents of autistic children a lifelong responsibility to take care of their own future. They begin to question destiny and wonder what is in store for their children’s lives. They have the darkest future ever. Will they ever experience the beauty of nature? Or just remain isolated their whole life? Will they ever find their one true love? Or just forever stay under the care of their parents? Will they ever pursue their dreams? Or just have no dreams at all? Well, these are just some of the heartbreaking questions that keep lingering in the edges of their minds and hearts.

To be able find answers to these queries, let’s take a careful glance at this medical condition. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability in which its causes can be rooted to genetics and environment. But even during this modern technology, there are no solid grounds to establish the primary cause of the disease. An autistic child doesn’t enjoy the thrills of his atmosphere. He has a world of his known and his interests just revolve around the world he created. He remains isolated from the rest of the world and unfamiliarity causes him to freak out. In short, he only finds comfort around familiar people in his life. Truly, we can fairly conclude that autistic children don’t find delight with environmental surprises.

Autistic children have difficulty in speech and communication. They find difficulty in expressing their feelings and understanding others as well. Their language and vocabulary skills are really poor. They speak in languages that only they can understand. At times, they also tend to have echolalia. This means they tend to repeat other people’s words. Because of this, they have impaired social interactions and imagination. They lose track of the society they are in. They cannot sustain building relationships with others. This may actually scare them. They only love routines. And a disruption in their usual schedules may break their hearts so deeply and may result to tantrums. They also have compromised learning skills. It’s difficult to instill new knowledge or information in their usual world. But, what is amazing with autistic children is that at most times, they have unique talents. They stand out at in a particular field and they are extremely excellent in that endeavor.

What is the treatment available?

Treatment methods for Autism is currently widespread. One of these is the hyperbaric oxygen treatment. This therapy basically helps the patient breathe in extra Oxygen through a pressurized chamber. According to studies, patients who have received at least 40 hours of therapy for more than a month were observed to be more tolerable and quick to respond when being talked to. There is no explanation as to the improvement of this kind of treatment. What is believed is that the pressurized Oxygen could reduce the inflammation which have been said to constrict the flow of blood to other areas of an autistic child’s brain which controls speech.

Being good stewards of the human race, we should not take autism as a curse but as a special responsibility. It is not the autistic children’s fault why they are made that way. So, the best thing to do is to provide emotional and social support to them. Never look at them in a judgmental way and never turn your back away from them. They need our love and acceptance. In that manner, you’ll truly nurture hope in their seemingly hopeless condition. It’s true that there is still no cure for autism. But, do you know what the best cure for these autistic children is? It is our longtime support, unconditional love and nonjudgmental impression to them and their parents as well.

Francisco Perry is an enthusiastic writer of Chambertherapy.com who likes to share information on HBOT therapy and Portable Hyperbaric Chambers as well as related products.

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Why You Should Let Autistic Children Just be Kids – They are Just Children After All!

It is a tough job being parents of autistic children and sometimes it can be hard to just let your child be a kid. It is easy to get wrapped up in everything to do with your child’s treatment that you can sometimes forget to let them have some fun. It is natural for a parent to just want to keep their child safe and with a special needs child a parent will become very protective.

You may be spending a great deal of your time at doctors or therapist appointments and not too much time just doing the things that kids do. So even though it is very important for you to keep your child safe and give them the best treatment you can, it is also important to allow time for them to do ‘kid stuff’.

Here are a few ideas of how to let your Autistic child just be a kid:

1. Everyone needs a break from daily routines sometimes and particularly for kids that spend a lot of time at doctors or doing therapy so make sure to put some time aside each day to let your child just do whatever they want to do. Most children will have favourite toys or activities that they like and it is important for your child to spend time doing their favourite things.

2. If there is something outside of the home that your child likes to do then try to plan the activity perhaps once a week. It could be something as simple as a trip to the beach or the park or even to visit grandparents. You can vary the activities each week and let your child pick the activity.

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3. It is normal for children to run around and play in dirt, sand, mud and whatever else drives parents mad. This is good healthy fun and there is no reason why autistic children can’t join in with these activities also. Let them run and play just like other kids and in the long term this will help them to learn how to interact with other children.

4. Don’t hold your child back from anything because of their disorder. Don’t use their disorder as an excuse for them not being able to participate in things. If your child is happy to have a go at something then let them have a go. Many autistic people live reasonably normal lives and with the correct treatments and strategies in place you can help your child to live as normal a life as possible. Help to build their self esteem and teach them that they can do anything that they choose to do.

5. Do not let your child’s disorder be an excuse for bad behavior. Just as with any child an autistic child also needs boundaries and consequences for their behavior. You will only do your child more harm in the long term if you just let them get away with everything they do just because they are autistic. If you do this they will learn very quickly that they can do things and use their disorder as an excuse.

6. It is good for all children to have chores around the house and this includes your autistic child. As long as they are chores that the child is quite capable of doing then you will actually help to build up their self esteem as they can gain a sense of pride in completing their chores. A reward system can work well for doing chores and making them fun will encourage your child to make a habit of doing their chores.

7. Always encourage your child to do their best and do not just assume that they won’t be able to achieve things that normal children achieve. Give them lots of praise when they try new things and encourage them to reach their full potential.

Autistic children may have a disorder but they are still children and they need to live like any other kid. They need to run around, get dirty and they will even get hurt sometimes but that is all a part of growing up. So sometimes it is important just to let your autistic child just be a kid.

Being a parent of a special needs child can sometimes be quite difficult. As a mother of a special needs child I have devoted my website to child disorders including autism, aspergers and adhd.
To find out more about these disorders visit our website at http://www.ourexceptionalkids.com and download our free report that explains about these disorders, including the symptoms of each.
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Find Out Why Autistic Children Slap Repetitively

Autistic children slapping repetitively has become one of the primary actions studied within the autistic community. This is an occurrence that almost all parents of autistic children report with their child and it is frustrating to manage.

Why would a child want to cause self inflicted injury? It appears to be the repetitiveness that the autistic child is after, and that they can actually feel the repetition, which may be calming to a child who is overstimulated. The identification of pain that the slapping causes, is not always felt by the self-inflicted injuries done by the autistic child, so he/she keeps doing it.

Autism is diagnosed when a child is seen to have many symptoms, which include repetition as discussed, also difficulty with communication skills, a problem maintaining or making eye contact, constant overstimulation even in situations which do not seem traumatic to a child without this disorder. In addition autistic children have a problem reading social cues, signals, and having proper reactions to things that occur in their daily lives.

The possible causes of autism are still being debated, and nothing has been identified as the sole cause of this disorder.. Many blame vaccinations and mercury in the child’s body as a possible cause of autism, but most medical research believe that it is unrelated. Experts of medical research point to autism being an inherited genetic trait, making some children much more susceptible to getting the disorder. There are many alternative theories as well, which include putting children on gluten free diets. Many parents who have attempted these diets (which mean you must remove all wheat, barley, rye, and starches from your child’s diet) see extreme improvement, some parents reported, that their children basically function normally once this type of diet is instituted, leading people to believe it is similar to an allergy.

The medical researchers believe there may be something in our environment causing autism, they are quick to point out that the ability to diagnose autism has taken great strides over the past decade to prevent this disorder. Previously, autistic children were seen as impossible to educate and removed from interaction with other people, and now, there are techniques that can be used to help autistic children assimilate in to normal learning situations. Interestingly, boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls, which is also a challenge to researchers at this time.

Slapping repetitively is difficult for a parent to deal with. Self destructive behavior doesn’t make logical sense, and of course a parent wants to protect their child from harm. Most children are doing it to calm themselves from overstimulation. If different therapies have not worked (including diet, etc) most doctors recommend, one should try to decipher what causes your child to do this, and avoid them at all costs. If you eliminate these things from your child’s daily life as much as possible, these incidences will become few and far between. As a child grows up and has recognized the difficulties, it is important to encourage them to monitor their own behavior. Rewarding them for positive behavior and making steps to improve is extremely important.

Autism is a challenged issue at this time. The medical community is dedicated in finding a cure, and hopefully autistic children with this behavior of slapping repetitively, will not be a problem. Parents in the future will not feel threatened, and will find a common ground, to understand why this is happening.

When a parent sees his or her child slap repetitively, it brings great concern as to what extent could cause injury and sometimes become serious. Included with the concern of injuries inflicted, there is the stress and strife parents and family members feel in public, as well as in, private surroundings and their environment.

It is wise, to acknowledge slapping repetitively in autistic children and get familiar with it. Read about it, and ask medical experts questions. Try to accept that this disrupts a person’s sense of well-being and emotional state.

Gathering information from books, the internet, and those who have already been through what you’re facing can shed light on you and your situation.

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