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Watching for Signs of Autism in Your Child

“I’ve known for some time that something is not quite right with my child, and I’m starting to wonder if he has an autism spectrum disorder. What should I look for?”

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Anonymous said...

Keep pressing, always be an advocate for your child, contact the local autism society in your area and get the right testing done.

Anonymous said...

Is there anything about head size? I remember Asperger's has a different brain structure at birth and developmentally. Maybe due to excess brain cells in the prefrontal cortex? In any case, my son's head was out of the percentile on growth charts when he was born and well up to middle school. Pullover shirts were not an option, besides the dreaded clothes with tags and socks still are an issue. He used to peel off all his clothes as soon as he got home and put on his Halloween costume that was made of a silky nylon for years.

Speaking from my personal experience, don't expect your local Regional Center to be honest about diagnosing problems nor providing services, or your public school. Parent instinct is the best tool in your arsenal. Everyone knew there was a problem with my son but no one was willing to diagnose his issues until I paid for private testing and we started to get more statistical information, like VMI testing for fine motor skills, or ability versus academic performance, etc.

Anonymous said...

my lil boys cousin was diagnosed with aspergers syndrome, and she is a gorgeous little girl with a heart of gold who adores my son alot.

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

Social rejection has devastating effects in many areas of functioning. Because the ASD child tends to internalize how others treat him, rejection damages self-esteem and often causes anxiety and depression. As the child feels worse about himself and becomes more anxious and depressed – he performs worse, socially and intellectually.

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How to Prevent Meltdowns in Children on the Spectrum

Meltdowns are not a pretty sight. They are somewhat like overblown temper tantrums, but unlike tantrums, meltdowns can last anywhere from ten minutes to over an hour. When it starts, the Asperger's or HFA child is totally out-of-control. When it ends, both you and your child are totally exhausted. But... don’t breathe a sigh of relief yet. At the least provocation, for the remainder of that day -- and sometimes into the next - the meltdown can return in full force.

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Parenting Defiant Teens on the Spectrum

Although Aspergers [high-functioning autism] is at the milder end of the autism spectrum, the challenges parents face when disciplining a teenager on the spectrum are more difficult than they would be with an average teen. Complicated by defiant behavior, the teen is at risk for even greater difficulties on multiple levels – unless the parents’ disciplinary techniques are tailored to their child's special needs.

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Older Teens and Young Adult Children with ASD Still Living At Home

Your older teenager or young “adult child” isn’t sure what to do, and he is asking you for money every few days. How do you cut the purse strings and teach him to be independent? Parents of teens with ASD face many problems that other parents do not. Time is running out for teaching their adolescent how to become an independent adult. As one mother put it, "There's so little time, yet so much left to do."

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Parenting Children and Teens with High-Functioning Autism

Two traits often found in kids with High-Functioning Autism are “mind-blindness” (i.e., the inability to predict the beliefs and intentions of others) and “alexithymia” (i.e., the inability to identify and interpret emotional signals in others). These two traits reduce the youngster’s ability to empathize with peers. As a result, he or she may be perceived by adults and other children as selfish, insensitive and uncaring.

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Highly Effective Research-Based Parenting Strategies for Children with Asperger's and HFA

Become an expert in helping your child cope with his or her “out-of-control” emotions, inability to make and keep friends, stress, anger, thinking errors, and resistance to change.

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