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Learning to Parent a Child with a Diagnosis of ASD

Our son now 6 went for assessment (Ireland) last Friday after a lot of form filling on his history etc. and doing tests with him, they - like me - have come to conclusion he has all the signs of a child with ASD (high functioning). Now that I finally have medical proof of what I have suspected for years, where do I go from here? How can I make his day easier? Basic tasks are major hurdles. 
 
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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did they officially 'diagnose' him, or did they just say he has the signs?

Get a great team together to help including a speech therapist for social communication, an occupational therapist for fine motor skills, and a behaviorist. By the way, my students who have Aspergers and are now in college are doing terrific. They are smart, funny, and brave.

Anonymous said...

One big thing I've noticed with our son (now 7) is to have a pretty tight schedule.Not sure what they are called ,but we also have a board with pictures (doing homework,breakfasrt,bath,snack,school,computer time,etc) they have little velcro tabs on the back and you can set it up for the day.Then after each task the picture goes in the all done section which your child can do himself and hopefully help with a sense of accomplishment.Different methods work for different kids ,but it might be worth a shot. Good luck :)

Anonymous said...

routine is a big thing, but work with them on flexibility as well. Knowing what to expect so they feel they have control of it does wonders too. We are working with our son on very blunt etiquette and manners lessons as the social cues are lacking!

Anonymous said...

I only wish more people ( judgmental family and friends) would read this, and try to understand these special kids the way we do. they truly could have so much more joy in their lives. I love you connor thank you for changing my life.

My child has been rejected by his peers, ridiculed and bullied !!!

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