Autism Dos and Don’ts

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Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?

  • Your child is whining, screaming, crying and perhaps flopping on the floor.
  • You need to rush out of the house to get to the store, to work, to the daycare and your child seems to be having a hard time keeping up with you. It’s impossible to get out of the house on time.
  • You want to get your child to settle down for the night and go to sleep but your child seems to be full of energy and won’t stay in bed.
  • Your child gets aggressive and you don’t understand why.  He/she may have hurt him/herself or someone else by hitting, biting, scratching, kicking, spitting or punching.
  • Your child makes repetitive noises or asks the same question over and over again.  You hear yourself answering the same question a million times and it gets frustrating for you.
  • Your child won’t eat the meals that you cook for the family.
  • Your child is not toilet trained and tries to hide when he or she is having a bowel movement.
  • Your child has meltdowns and doesn’t tolerate grocery stores or malls without having a temper tantrum.
  • Your child is quiet and doesn’t seem to want to interact with other children, preferring to just stay by him/herself on the playground.  You aren’t sure how to get him/her to interact with others appropriately.
  • Your child has not developed the ability to speak many words.  It is difficult to communicate with your child.  You aren’t sure how much he/she understands.
  • Your child makes eye contact with you but not with others. Why is that?
  • Your child is a perfectionist and has to have things “just right.”  If you disrupt your child’s way of organizing the toys, your child becomes very upset.

Many behaviors associated with Autism can seem puzzling to parents and caregivers.  There are good reasons for these behaviors and ways to assist your child in developing the skills to interact, cooperate, communicate, play and socialize.  There are easy strategies to use which will allow you to successfully address the above scenarios.

Call today to book your appointment at 204 415-7656 and get the answers you need to promote your child’s development.

 

 

 

 

 

Adults with Autism

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Do you have an adult child who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Are you an adult with ASD?

ASD is a lifelong, neurodevelopmental disorder so it would stand to reason that our children with ASD grow up to be adults with ASD.  As adulthood approaches, many hurdles have already been tackled and it is the refinement of skills that is needed.  In some cases, some of the early childhood issues remain problematic or challenging.   As you know, when you meet one person with autism, you meet one person with autism.  There are no two people with ASD that are alike.  Each person has unique strengths, talents, skills and a personality that shines.

Issues of adulthood may be very different from the early days of picky eating, toilet-training difficulties, sleep deprivation and managing morning routines.  However, there are various concerns that may continue to exist for the adult with Autism.  Since some of the daily challenges stem from having difficulties in the domains of social communication, organization (behavior) and managing self-regulation of emotions, some adults with ASD will have these questions:

  • How do I organize myself to get through the day?
  • How do I prepare a meal?
  • How do I shop for groceries?
  • How do I pay my bills?
  • How do I get a job?
  • How do I keep my friendships?
  • How do I ask a person out on a date?
  • How do I manage intimate relationships?
  • How do I interact with people at work to make it a pleasant place to be?

For parents or caregivers of adults with ASD, there may be more significant issues that are of concern in day to day living.  Depending on the person’s cognitive abilities and communication skills, each adult child will function at varying degrees of independence.  Some adults with ASD will require supported living environments.  In this case, how does the caregiver promote the ongoing development of independent living skills in that individual? What are the barriers to that individual living a more fulfilling independent existence?

If you would like more guidance in the area of supporting an adult with ASD, please call 204 415-7656 to book your therapist.  Help is only a phone call away.