My Son Has Low Functioning Autism, What Now?

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Having a child with autism can be very challenging, and it is even more so when he is in the low functioning end of the spectrum. People who are diagnosed with Level 3 Autism, like my son, will require all the support, love, and understanding that he can get from our family and me. The symptoms of his autism are very evident, and at most times, it affects his daily functioning. He has struggles being social, and have issues communicating both verbally and nonverbally. Because of this, his behavior can also be rigid.

But I didn’t lose hope. I know for a fact that there treatment programs available for my son and other children with this disorder. This is the reason why early intervention is essential, and the immediate implementation of the program is necessary.

What Is Low Functioning Autism?

There is low functioning autism and high functioning autism. The difference between the two disorders is the behavior of the individuals challenged by it. People with low functioning autism cannot function properly in their daily lives because of their disorder. They will have problems expressing themselves, communicating with other people, being social, and they will also have issues in managing their behavior.

How Is Low Functioning Autism Diagnosed?

For experts and specialists, they can diagnose ASD or Autism Spectrum Disorder during a child’s early childhood years. Some can even diagnose ASD during infancy. How do they do it?

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There are guidelines in determining if a child has ASD. This is also why most kindergarten schools all over the world have psychometricians who observe the behavior of their learners. If they see signs of the disorder in a child, they will inform the parents and recommend for them to see a neurodevelopmental pediatrician for a proper diagnosis on their child.

Children with ASD are delayed in these neurodevelopmental abilities such as talking or communication, self-soothing, cognitive skills, and more. They will not be able to function properly, and they need physical assistance most of the time. Also, children with low functioning ASD will most likely have a correlating condition like epilepsy, or Fragile X syndrome.

Fragile X Syndrome And Low Functioning ASD

Researchers believe that ASD is genetically predisposed, which is why it is sometimes diagnosed together with another genetic condition called Fragile X Syndrome. The latter is a condition wherein the development of a child, mostly his learning abilities, are gravely affected. He will have delay issues with his speech and reading. The child will also manifest anxiety, hyperactivity, and low impulse control. Studies show that a third of the kids with ASD are suffering from Fragile X Syndrome.

Epilepsy And Low Functioning ASD

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It was assessed by Dr. Patrick Bolton and his team the relationship between epilepsy and ASD. They observed that 22% of the children with low functioning autism ASD also have epilepsy. The kids were having seizures at least once a week or every two weeks by the time they were ten years old up until they were eleven. These seizures were controlled by medication, and girls were more prone to having it than boys.

There are so many things to know about low functioning ASD. Next week, another blog about the topic will be discussed. Until then, good luck! See you next week!

Don’t Be Offended When Your Child’s Teachers Tell You That Your Child May Have ASD

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I remember that very day, five years ago, when the neurodevelopmental pediatrician told me that my son has ASD. It was September 9, 2014, and after waiting three months for the appointment, the doctor confirmed the suspicions of my son’s teachers; he has Autism Spectrum Disorder. I didn’t believe his teachers before when they told me that my son was displaying symptoms of ASD. He was “normal” for me and acting like a regular, active, and playful child. What I failed to see was that he had a condition and that he needed help.

The teachers in Kindergarten were telling me before that he was too hyperactive. He was also inattentive in class according to his playschool teacher and lacked focus too. His Nursery teacher said to me last time that whenever someone passed by their classroom, he would leave his seat or whatever activity he did and go outside to follow the person who caught his attention. For them, this wasn’t normal behavior.

Back then, I asked them, “So, what is normal?” They said that while they are teachers for toddlers, they are not experts in clinically ascertaining neurodevelopment delays or special needs learners. What they have is a course on seeing the signs and symptoms of behavioral disorders in children, and that is all.

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The school psychometrician, who has more knowledge on these matters, evaluated my son, and she also told me the same thing. “Ms. Carter, I recommend that you send Michael to a neurodevelopmental pediatrician for proper assessment and testing. With my specialization and studies, I believe, he has a developmental condition. As to the extent of that condition, or the levels of what he has at the moment, I cannot be sure. A doctor in that field will be able to provide the soundest medical assessment and diagnosis of Michael.” She handed me a list. “Here are the best neurodevelopmental pediatricians in the state. If you need help with the scheduling of appointments with Dr. Smith, tell me. I may be able to squeeze in Michael for an earlier meeting. He is my cousin, and that is if you want to go with him to Michael’s testing.”

Of course, I went with Dr. Smith since everyone in the school recommended him. And yes, I asked help from the psychometrician for a schedule, and so, the appointment which was supposed to be in 4 months was lessened to 3 months. That’s how jam-packed neurodevelopmental pediatricians were in our state.

I don’t mind the doctor telling me that my son has this autism disorder or this hyperactive behavior. That’s not my point at all – I don’t care about that. He can be a super and extremely hyperactive or lacking focus during class. My son is my son, and I love him. I will support and care for him, as long as he needs me to do it for him; even more when he can’t function as well as he can in this world, like how his teachers were telling me back then. I am his mother, and I will do anything for him.

And so, my son was assessed and no surprises there, he has ASD and luckily, one of the high functioning ones. He just needed treatment, which I submitted my son to go for the past five years.

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Is he better now? I believe that he is because his OT has told me that next week will be his last therapy session. His symptoms are getting less since he knows how to cope and manage it on his own. Therapy is not anymore necessary with him at this point.

As a mother, I feel that I have done the right thing with him, and I will continue to have his back because that’s just how it is with our family.

High And Low Functioning Autism

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Low and High Functioning are very common terminologies that are utilized in determining levels of autism. Usually, their use is based on the subjectivity of the observer (whether parent, doctor or teacher) and do not have a precise measure of intelligence or mental capacity.

With recent studies and updates on DSM-5 or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) 5, autism is generally categorized as Autism Spectrum Disorder and is segregated into three levels. The terms High and Low Functioning persist though as these are more colloquial terms, but it must be emphasized that these terms are outdated and don’t accurately describe a person diagnosed with autism, or simply ASD.

The following are some points to consider when it comes to the subject of high and low functioning autism:

  • Both have no prevailing measures for intelligence, talent, anxiety, aggression, or sensory challenges levels.
  • Both are non-descriptive of a person’s performance in school as intelligence is just one measure of educational acuity.
  • Both are non-descriptive of the capability to function in a public setting.
  • Both provide no measure for success in job capability and performance.
  • Both have no means to identify aggression as it is present in autism of all levels.

Perception Versus What Is Normal

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High and Low Functioning Autism are terms used by observers to categorize the behavior of people with autism against what is perceived as “normal.”

A person is coined as “High Functioning,” for example, when they can use speech and language to communicate, can perform in a standard academic setting or can engage better in social situations. Low Functioning, on the other hand, is used to describe those who look or sound distinctly different; those need special education or who are visibly socially separate.

These distinctions, however, are superficial and subjective. There are gray areas within the behavior of people with autism that blur common perceptions of high or low functioning; like how a perceived low functioning autism person that’s socially withdrawn can converse normally online or a high functioning autism person needing special education due to learning challenges.

While it is convenient to categorize the behavior of people with autism to manage public perception, these labels are not reflective on one’s performance in a social, academic or professional setting and shouldn’t be used as a measure for that either. The bottom line is, using these terms are misleading and not faithful in determining where autism lies on the spectrum.

The Three Levels Of Autism

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According to DSM-5, the three levels of Autism are as follows:

Level 1 – Requiring Support: People with Autism under this level shows difficulty in flexibility, have poor organizing skills, switch between activities (and not finishing them), have problems making friends, and communicating, and more.

Level 2 – Requiring Substantial Support: People with Autism under this level shows severe difficulty in social communication skills, both verbally and nonverbally, with repetitive behaviors that are post-normal, and other signs.

Level 3 – Requiring Very Substantial Support: People with Autism under this level shows extreme issues with social skills, cannot talk as much, odd behavior, and displays basic needs only.

For a better reading, it’s recommended to use the DSM-5 as it contains a more contextual basis on the three levels of autism and everything about it.

My Son With ASD Is My Protector – Therapists Advice Family Counseling

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Who would have thought that my special needs child, my boy, who is only eight years old, enrolled in a Montessori school and has Autism Spectrum Disorder, would be protective of me? When he was diagnosed at the age of 5, the neurodevelopmental pediatrician told me that he would have trouble relating to me, to his sisters, and other people. His therapists said to us that he will be withdrawn, and would isolate himself at times. But he wasn’t like that at all. He is very loving and very much caring of me, his siblings, and everyone around him.

I said he is protective of me because he is, and we have all seen that with him. We have problems at home, his father and me. You could say that I am a wife who takes all the bullshit, the screams, and the hits for many years. Yes, I am that woman – I was that woman, and now I am done. I am not going to be a battered wife anymore. This is for myself and my children. Whatever happens to me will affect them, and if I continue to let them witness what their dad has comfortably bestowed upon me, it will be the end of my kids. They will all suffer mental health issues, I know for sure, and I don’t want it for them.

We’ve were married for 20 years, and for nine months now, we’ve been living apart. I was also diagnosed with depression and anxiety – most of which was because of the trauma I had suffered by being with him. I am not blaming myself, but I let him use and abuse me. In a way, it was a shortcoming of mine, but it’s okay now. You can say that I have awakened from this terrible nightmare of a life, and I am moving on.

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Going back to my boy with ASD, I saw how protective he was of me. His father visits them, and when that happens, my anxiety attacks will trigger. I would tremble in fear that he would hurt me and such, but I tried my best not to let the kids see this. The problem is that my boy with ASD, the one who was supposed to be not “relating” to people because of his disorder, have seen this no matter how hard I tried to conceal it.

Every time his dad would come, he would push me inside my room and say:

“Mom, dad is here. I want you to stay in your room. Don’t go out until he leaves.”

I replied to him, “It’s okay, babe. I’ll be fine.” (We call him “babe” as a nickname.)

“No, mom,” he insisted. “Dad is here, and he will shout at you. I don’t want that. You stay in this room. Don’t go out, mom. I mean it. I will lock this door right now. I will come back to open this when he is gone.”

And he locked my door. A few minutes passed, he also opened it and told me that his dad already left and that I can go out.

This is my child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and I thought, we all thought that he wouldn’t be anything. We all thought that his disorder would leave him blank. On the contrary, he wasn’t blank at all. He was the opposite of it. My boy with ASD was like any regular boy without the disorder. He was his mom’s protector and in a way that made me proud but worried.

I was worried because what if this isn’t normal behavior? Is it common for an 8-year-old boy with ASD to be protective of his mom? In my mind, he must have been very affected by our domestic problems. This must have pushed him to act this way, and what are the consequences of it? How can I help him? What if he has other mental health issues because of me and his dad?

My worry pushed me to seek advice from another therapist, a child specialist. I brought my son to her and had him evaluated, in case he has other disorders that need to be dealt with immediately. After a couple of hours, the therapist called me and said that there is no need to worry that much. My son is a high-functioning boy with ASD. He is brilliant and intelligent, and his protective nature is typical. The therapist told me that he has some temper issues (my fear – just like his dad) and that with early intervention, together with his regular OT sessions, it will be addressed. The therapist also told me that I might need to go with him during therapy and get the help that I also need.

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I told his sisters about it, and they agreed that we both have to do it. They even want to join in and make it a family therapy meeting. I called the therapist, and she said, it would be the best move to make as a family as we will heal together from this tragic event.

My love for my son and all of my children are more than enough push for me to make myself better. I am standing up now, because my 8-year-old boy, who is special, is standing up for me. If I can’t see that, then, I would be forever lost.

Parenting Tips: For Those Who Have Kids With Autism

If there is one thing that you need to understand at this point, it is the fact that parents only want nothing but the best for their children. However, achieving this objective is not an easy thing, especially if some factors are out of the control of every mom or dad. Whether you like it or not, you have no choice but to continue to make an effort to thrive despite all these struggles. Psychology tells us that parents are willing to do whatever it takes as long as it promotes the welfare of their kids.

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In today’s article, our focus will be about children with autism. How can parents survive the difficulties that come with it? Are there techniques and strategies that you can use to course through these trying times? Can you get everything done all by yourself or do you need some help? If you want to find the answers to these questions, be sure to continue reading below:

 

Increase Your Patience

 

The first thing that you have to learn is the value of patience and understanding. Make an effort to show your kid that you are willing to take good care of him no matter how tough the situation is. Keep in mind that some symptoms of autism spectrum disorder are hard to handle. As such, you may find it easy to get mad right away. Take note that when it happens, your kid may feel terrified of you to the point that he will no longer be comfortable when you are around.

 

Consult With A Doctor

 

You need to remember that you are not a medical doctor with a license to diagnose diseases. As such, you need to prevent yourself from making any diagnosis, especially after checking the Internet. What you need to do is to set an appointment for a meeting with a doctor or psychiatrist. It is crucial or vital that you consult with a professional so that you can get a clear understanding of what your kid is going through. Remember that there are various kinds of autism and each type may require a different mode of treatment.

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Accept Everything About Your Child

 

Stop wishing for your child to change his attitude or personality as it may hurt him, especially if he will know that you are not happy with his condition. As much as possible, show him that you accept his quirks and all the little things that he does. While it is good to hope for the best, you must not forget that your child does not need constant bickering from you. Instead, he wants to receive acceptance regardless of who he is as a person. Never make him feel that he is less of a person because of his autism.

 

Use Positive Reinforcement

 

Do not forget the significance of giving rewards to your child whenever he does something great. As already mentioned above, a kid with autism may be challenging to handle because of his unusual behavior. It is one of the reasons why it is quite hard to get him to accomplish certain things. Hence, you must take notice whenever he does something that deserves a reward. Make sure to use positive reinforcement so that he will keep on repeating the right behavior. He has to associate good action with presents or gifts.

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Spend Quality Time Together

 

Another essential thing that you must never forget is to find a way to spend special time with your kids. If possible, learn how to balance your family life with business or work. Once you get home from the office, be sure to avoid taking calls or doing work-related tasks. It is best if you will spend the entire afternoon or night playing with your child or communicating with him. Take note that you have to show him that you care and value him. Remember that an autistic child always craves attention and focus from other people. Be sure that you can give those two things to him.

 

Being a parent of an autistic child can change a lot of things in your life. Accept the challenges and struggles because they are the same things that can make you stronger and more fulfilled.

Real Talk: How My Memory Improved Despite Having Asperger’s Syndrome

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Getting diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome after years of wondering why therapy does not seem to help improve my mental state has made me feel more relieved than sad. At last, someone has been able to put a name on my issues. I no longer need to go on with my life without understanding what I need to deal with.

As a high-functioning form of autism, Asperger’s has honestly not hindered me from following my dreams. I managed to enter a prestigious university and get on an academic program that I wanted without a hassle. Despite that, remembering things has proven to be an issue at some point, primarily during the exam period. After trying a few things that my therapist and friends recommended to me, the following helped me immensely.

Playing Board Games

No one is ever too old for board games. Twister, Scrabble, Chess, Checkers, and RISK — they are accessible to all ages because they can be played anytime by two or more players. Thus, you, your friends, and your family members can have a nice mini battle among yourselves.

Another perk of playing board games is that you do not need to use any electronic gadget to be able to make use of them. It means to say that you will be less exposed to radiation and stress because, if you are not aware of it yet, computers do contribute significantly to your anxiety. I think by now you know how bad it can be for your memory, yes? I have a grandfather who is 90 years old at the moment, and yet he still plays Chutes and Ladders and Monopoly with his grandchildren. In my opinion, he is the living proof that old age is not the main reason why there are people who suffer from memory decline.

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Play Warcraft Games

Although it may appear as quite contradictory to what I have just said above, and I am not sure either if there are already studies about this one, I cannot pass the opportunity to say that maybe, just maybe, the kind of hype that the players get from Warcraft games are being transferred to their academic and salaried abilities. Hence, they excel in their expertise more than others. Of course, I have met a lot of people already, and almost all of the brainiacs that I know of are the ones who spend more time killing each other’s avatars and less in reviewing their lessons. Still, they emerge at the top of the class or work.

I am not a player of any online game, but I got curious about it one day and asked them what they get from playing such things. They said the same thing: “We can focus more on studies and jobs when we play.” Furthermore, I guess it is the intensity of the game that draws them into it, and so they can discharge all of their stress by intensely clicking the mouse and the keypads. As I said, I don’t think my theory is proven already, but there can be no harm in trying. Who knows, maybe this is going to be the answer as well for your memory problem.

Read More

Reading books, articles, and novels of diverse genres are what I believe as the reason why I only have minor hitches with my memory these days. They have never failed to make me visualize and gather exciting ideas and look forward to more. I am pretty sure that not most people appreciate reading, but it is worth to give it a try. To toughen your memory, of course.

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Relate Eclectic Things To Each Other

Relating general things to each other is the type of activity that will be able to show a person’s strong mental ability. Just like multitasking, after all, it cannot be done for everyone. This does not need much explanation, but if it does, let me set one of my professors’ usual manners of teaching as an example.

Mr. Rodriguez teaches Organic Chemistry. One day, he explained the free radical substitution of methane and chlorine by saying that one of the chlorine atoms will elope with its boyfriend methane. Because of that, there will be another free and sad chlorine atom, which is ready for the taking by anyone. Do you see how unrelated chemistry and elopement are to each other, and yet the analogy still seems to be correct? Your brain will always have great exercise when you try to connect two or more diverse things all the time.

Final Thoughts

Strengthening your memory can seem tricky, especially if you have a neurological condition like Asperger’s or another form of autism that alters your brain function. However, that is not something you can get rid of easily since you have practically been born with it. The only thing you can do is try the tips given above to reduce memory fluctuations somehow.

Good luck!

Diagnosing and Understanding Autism

Autism can be a tough condition to deal with in a child and adult. For families, they don’t always know how to spot the signs and even after diagnosis it doesn’t ring true. It can be hard to take in the news that there is something wrong with your child and it’s devastating, too, because you think you must have done something wrong to cause it. Unfortunately, it’s a condition that occurs through no fault of your own at times and it can have a lasting impact on a family. What about diagnosing the condition and understanding what it all means?

If In Doubt, Talk To Your Doctor

Sometimes, mothers and fathers have a gut instinct about their children’s health and, if that’s the case, you need to see a doctor. Children can develop slower than others but it is always good to check them out just in case. If you want to get an autism diagnosis you must speak to your doctor. Now, you might think you can spot the signs but there are different forms of autism so, while some may be able to instantly notice autism, many others will not. The condition can vary considerably so the child can be functioning fairly normally. That is why if there is something you are concerned with, it’s best to talk to a doctor. They will be able to run a few tests and diagnose the problem. View details from here.

Understanding Autism

When you or your child has been diagnosed with autism, it can be a very frightening time. For some, it’s hard to understand and really struggle to come to terms with the news. That is why you have to sit down, calmly talk things through with the doctor or specialist so you can understand what autism is and what it means for the child. Remember, there are different forms of autism and it’s necessary to understand what it means for your child. This is the first step in being able to fully grasp the situation and take the steps necessary to understand the condition far more.

Help Is Available

When there has been a diagnosis of autism given, doctors will be able to arrange some support for your family. Care workers can help ease the burden and there are many support groups available too. This can be especially important if you don’t have a large network of family at home to help. What’s more, it can be good to talk to people in the same position as you and who have gone through this as well. There has never been a better time to seek out help.

Living with Autism

Once you have been given the diagnosis and have understood what it means, you can get on with life and being able to have as comfortable life as possible, either for you or your child. Autism can be treated and while there are many forms of it, it is life-changing in a sense. You must look at all support options available so that you aren’t alone in this and get the help whenever you need it.

Online Help for Parents with Autistic Children

Coping with a child with autism can be extremely difficult. You may love your child but there comes a time when you need a little help with autism. Every family goes through a different experience and having someone to talk you through things can be extremely important. However, what autism help is there for parents? Yes, you have regular doctors, support workers but what if that isn’t enough and you want to talk to someone at three in the morning? You might find online help to be extremely important instead.

Online Counselors and Therapists

Sometimes, you need to be able to talk to someone about your concerns about raising a child with autism. Who do you turn to? It doesn’t matter if you’re a single parent, have a loving partner to support you or a whole family there to help, you sometimes feel unable to talk openly to them. However, there are other options namely in the form of online therapists and counselors. You might not think they are needed but you can honestly find yourself able to open up to them and talk to them about anything and everything. They might be able to help you with the child as well as find an outlet to voice your concerns as a parent. Online help such as this can be ideal.

Chat Rooms for Parents for Autistic Children

Sometimes you need a little guidance and support and you can feel awkward asking doctors and support or care workers for help; however, fellow parents might be the answer. There are lots of chat rooms online, some dedicated to parents with children with autistic children and they can provide a lot of answers. These are the resources that will help online especially when you find yourself in a bit of doubt as to how to raise a child with autism. By talking to people in the same position as you can, it is soothing and extremely helpful.

Resources for Those in a Similar Position

 

 

If you go online you are sure to find a host of amazing resources that can help you with your fears and concerns. Online, there are many amazing resources for you to consider and they can be just as good as the next. You will find they can offer a simpler way to deal with children with autism at different stages of their life as well as offer support to you. Support groups online can be excellent for parents as there are many who have gone through the same as you. Don’t be afraid to look for the resources and use as many of them as humanly possible.

Stand United

It doesn’t matter how severe autism is, dealing with a child with the condition can be extremely tough. They need so much care and attention, not to mention social interaction and for some parents, they need additional help. There are plenty of amazing resources online for parents with autistic children and you shouldn’t be afraid to use them. Whether it’s counseling to help talk you through your worries or fears or just talking to other families in the same position as you, it can all help. Find good resources online and parents can unite to help one another. Read the latest news from here.

Necessity For Occupational Therapist In Kids With Autism

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Children with autism have a complex neurodevelopmental disorder.  Because their brain seems not to function appropriately, they typically have social interaction impairments and limited communication skills as well as limited activities, interests, and play skills.  It is challenging to raise a kid with autism that parents seek the help of an occupational therapist.

Occupational therapists aid those with autism of all ages to live their lives to the fullest as their health improves and further illness, injury, or disability is prevented.  They assist children with autism to perform better not just in their home environment, but school and play areas as well.

Other Common Therapy Interventions Important To Kids

  1. An occupational therapist helps children recuperating from an injury to reclaim their skills.
  2. They assist those who are experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
  3. They provide an individualized evaluation to determine the child’s goal.
  4. They offer customized intervention to promote the child’s daily activity.
  5. They also present outcome evaluation to see if the goals set are met and then make adjustments to the intervention plan.

Occupational therapy takes into consideration the emotional, physical, social, sensory, and cognitive abilities needs of an autistic child.  Through its holistic approach, OTs work to develop skills for writing, fine motor skills, and skills needed for daily life.

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Role Of Therapy On Sensory Issues 

A child sometimes happens to have problems with social interaction, behaviors, and communication because of a sensory processing issue.  Almost 80% of children with autism are affected by this sensory processing problems.  It can be the reason why children with autism hate noise, the feel of certain fabrics, or being touched.

Through sensory integration therapy, occupational therapists consider that children are either stimulated or under stimulated by the environment.  Then, they work on improving the brain’s ability to process sensory information so that the child will have the ability to do daily activities better.

Accessibility Of Occupational Therapy 

Occupational therapy can be easily accessed through schools.   The public law orders occupational therapy availability to students with disabilities who need it.

Some insurance plans also have coverage for private occupational therapy for children with autism.   Some states even offer a waiver which makes families with higher income have access to occupational therapy using Medicaid.

Preparing An Intervention Plan

Therapists evaluate children with autism through observation and parent and teacher reports.  They interview the parents regarding the child’s relationships, care for self, eating, and daily living skills.  They work closely with parents and teachers so they may address the most critical issues such as supporting academic success.  They do collaboration in order to remove hindrances that impede learning by helping kids become more focused and calmer.

They also work with the siblings so that they may understand what’s going on with their brother or sister –  why he is not responding, why he easily gets annoyed, why he does not like interacting with them.   Occupational therapy aims to involve the siblings by having them participate in sensory integration therapy which is a playful form of treatment and can be done in groups.

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Occupational therapy intervention proves to be effective in promoting social skills, communication, and motor skills in children with autism.   They open opportunities for these kids to survive the overwhelming and chaotic environment they live in.

 

Find an occupational therapist who can work towards the goals you set for your kid and work closely with them to ensure the effectivity of the therapy they offer.

 

ASD Children – Picky Eaters

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Parents often have difficulty in feeding their children, kids with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) or those without the disorder. Well, if you think that you’re the only one experiencing this problem, then, you’re in luck. Almost all parents have this issue and more so on families who have a child with ASD. They are not just “picky eaters”. Children with autism have certain behaviors during meal time like rituals, tantrums regarding the food and food selection.

However, there are ways to ease the behavior (maybe control the anger issues that come with it) and stretch the “picky” diet style of your ASD children, according to Dr. Emily Kuschner, a psychologist from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. (For more info on anger issues, check BetterHelp.)

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Check Your ASD Child For Medical Complications.

Some children with ASD manifest medical complications associated with eating in various ways like shutting their mouth during meal time when being fed a certain food. It’s not that they don’t want to eat it or they don’t like the taste of that food. It could be that their stomachs get hurt as they eat that particular food. This is possible. Children with ASD have delicate digestive systems and it could be causing great discomfort and pain. Talk to your doctor about this so that he can thoroughly check if there are foods which can pose allergies or sensitivities to your ASD child.

 

Remain Composed Always When Dealing With Your ASD Child.

You have to be patient when feeding your ASD child especially if you are going to introduce new food. They will make a fuss about it, for sure, but we all know that they are much more sensitive than other kids when it comes to all aspects – eating included. The only way to find out what type of food he likes to eat is to offer him new meals each time so he can get a taste of it all.

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Bear In Mind That An ASD Child Reacts To The Texture Of The Food.

They will touch the food. Lick it. Kiss it. Poke it. Smell it. They will do a bunch of things with it before they decide to have a bite and swallow the food. If they don’t like how it “feels” in their mouth, most likely, they will spit it out. Find ways to overcome that so your child will eat. Some parents mash the food or blend it so that it will be smooth.

 

It May Sound Weird, But Let Your ASD Child Play With His Food.

Let him use his pasta sauce as paint (on the plate, of course!). Make him create his own pizza by using vegetables that he himself picked out and formed. Give him cookie cutters to shape his sandwiches. In the end, your child will try these foods for himself and decide if he likes it or not – at least, meal time won’t be a source of distress by doing that.

 

Give Him Choices And Let Your ASD Child Take Control Of His Meal Time.

Instead of pushing him to eat that dish of kale and broccoli, why not put 4 to 5 veggie dishes in front of him and let him choose what he likes best? If he is in control of the food he eats, he will be less likely to act out may actually find something he likes to munch on. And so, provide a choice of veggies, fruits, protein, carbs and etc. Let him pick his food.