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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tips in Solving Behavior Problems in Autism

Difficult behaviors are, well, difficult. It is often hard to recognize at which these kinds of behaviors arrive according to and thus, resolution is usually not readily available. However a parent reprimands his kid, the behavior significantly seems to persist. The state of affairs is substantially more arduous for parents whose kids are diagnosed with autism. "No" and "stop" do not have the chance of working if not matched with systematic therapies too can make these commands a good deal more meaningful to the kid.

We make under a couple of important tips in solving behavior tribulations associated amidst autism overly may work alone or in combination among behavior management techniques.

- First and probably the most important is to understand your kid's condition. While your child may seem to intentionally misbehave, few autistic children in fact intend to have difficult behaviors. Misbehavior often roots from external stimuli that upset them. Since they often have communication impairments, whacking out a playmate, continuous screaming, and throwing tantrums become their mediums for expressing their emotions and needs.

Thus, there is a great need for you to really understand your kid. Does he have sensitivity towards light, sound, and sensory inputs, in general? Does he become upset when being touched? Does he want his things removed from their proper places? These are critical questions that can help you understand your kid's behaviors better. Troubleshooting your child's condition calls for sufficient patience and a lot of time studying their behaviors and reactions to some things.

- Expect differently. Normal kids can be asked to sit still until their meals are over or to take their turns in a line. But for kids with autism, the case is often different. They are deprived of the capacity to act like typical kids and it is unfair to expect them act like they are. Modify your expectations slightly when it comes to a kid who has autism. Even if he wanted to satisfy your expectations, he simply can't so give him more room to grow.

- If needed, try to modify your environment. According to behavior specialists, there are plenty of reasons why an autistic kid's environment affects his behavior.

Too much light is one and so does too much sound. Autism makes a kid more sensitive to sensory inputs. In frustration, they become very unruly and sometimes even self-injurious. It is only logical to diminish sensory inputs that he cannot endure to make him less prone to periods of misbehavior.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Teaching Autistic Children to Be Independent

Not all autistic children will become independent when they grow up. However, if you as a parent or teacher do not let them carry out which independence as opposed to you will never know and your autistic child serves to never attain his or her comprehensive potential. By itself, teaching children is a difficult task. Now teaching autistic children is a lot difficult than teaching normal children. You need to understand that autism is a learning disability!

Of course, teaching them is not impossible, but just rather a different kind of challenge. You need to change your perspective in how they learn when teaching them. Learning disability in the case of an autistic child does not mean that they can not and will never learn, but rather it means that they just think differently. So your goal as a parent or teacher is to help your autistic child find the right balance between learning and routine for them to live an independent and normal life.

Lets face it! Life is unpredictable and anything can happen to you. So teaching autistic children you need to find out what methods of learning best help them. You should also know the habits of your autistic child and use that to your advantage. As you might figure out, they tend to repeat things and have certain daily routines. Use those routines and repetitive behavior as part of your learning method. Learning is repetition! The challenge with teaching autistic children is to incorporate new material in to their repetitive nature to eventual make that new material part of their daily lives.

Please keep in mind that forcing anything to an autistic child will result to unwanted behavior and could be violent in nature. Even though,you will be introducing new material for the good intention of helping your child become more independent, please do introduce those material when the child is in a positive and good mood. This will insure that your autistic child will be more receptive to the lesson.
Should also realize that it will require a lot of patience teaching autistic children, since you will surely need to repeat a lot of things before your autistic child will be able to learn. Also keep in mind that they are mostly visual learners and that pictures and symbols are good for them. But please keep the learning environment, clean from visual distractions.

If you remember your days in grade school with all those fancy illustrations, well please avoid that for your autistic child. Since this fancy learning tools are easy distractions for them and a pretty big source of stress for you. So keeping the room where you will be teaching autistic children is key to get their attention and focus.

Friday, November 20, 2009

What I Did to Successfully Potty Train Adrian

I’m trying to give someone advice on a board on how to potty train her child who has an ASD and I keep thinking of new things to tell her so I want to just organize all of my thoughts here so I can hopefully be a help to her and other mom’s of special needs kids.

The first thing we did was buy him a little potty and put it in a convenient place. Yes it may not be the cutest thing to have a potty in your living room but it has to be convenient for them and sometimes right next to the big potty or even trying to train them on the big potty can be very intimidating. Plus in the first week or so you are going to be doing a lot of rushing them over to the potty to avoid accidents. So we just put the potty in the living room in a corner, no stressing him out about it, no making him sit on it….it was just there!

Eventually he explored the potty, took it apart and sat on in with a diaper on here and there. Every now and then we would point to the potty and say “Potty!” and show him the sign. The sign for potty is the alphabet letter “T” and you shake it. If you don’t know the sign for “T” you can check out http://www.aslpro.com and you can look it up and see someone on video do the sign for you. It’s an awesome site. If your child is nonverbal or limited verbally they have to have a way to let you know that they need to go potty. You can also use PECS (picture exchange communication system) if you just google it I’m sure you can find potty pictures but I am much more fond of signing. It’s just more convenient for us.

After he was aquainted with the potty we would have him sit on it and tell him that, “that is where pee and poop goes” Eventually we ditched the diapers except when he went to school and when we went shopping or to dinner (where an accident would be especially inconvenient) We let him run around naked. We had a day or two of pee and poop accidents but as soon as he would have an accident we would tell him while pointing to the “accident” “that goes in the potty” and sign potty while you say “potty”

When you talk to any child, not just one with autism it’s important to get down to their level and look them in the eye so we would get down and tell him “that goes in the potty” and then we would place him on the potty.

I was very scared about training Adrian. I didn’t know how it was ever going to happen but it really wasn’t bad at all! He picked up on it really quickly and we have almost no accidents now. We have a freak accident here and there but its usually either at school or if we are out somewhere.

I think it’s just important to not get frustrated and to follow your child’s lead. If they aren’t ready to be trained…don’t train them yet! Of course you can try to steer them in the direction of being ready/interested in the potty but you can’t make them go! Good luck!

Thought I should add…this is my old post describing how we transitioned him from the baby potty to the big potty. Here is content from that post:

Adrian is doing great on the potty training. He’s going in the big potty now! No more baby potty to empty out. The transition was really easy, I put his baby potty right next to the big potty in the bathroom (I had it in the corner of the living room so that when we first started training him we could run him to the potty if he started to go) and I showed him where it was one morning and he just started using the big potty instead. He flushes and everything. One funny thing he does is after he goes pee pee he rips off a piece of toilet paper and throws it in the toilet and then flushes it. He’s starting to get better about wearing clothes more often so that’s good news too. Now we just need to train him when we aren’t in the house, he did go in Grandma’s potty once.