Just need advice and to know I'm alone

Michelle - posted on 04/01/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I am a single mom to 2 beautiful boys, who are 11 & 6!! I also work full-time!! My 11 year old plays every sport that there is at the YMCA so I'm a sports mom also lol. I also have no kind of family/friend support. My only break that I get is when I go to work!! Ok so here is where I need some advice PLEASE. My 6 year old son (soon to be 7) has autistic characteristics but has never been completely diagnosed with anything. He is none verbal and can't dress his self or even potty trained. He can eat by his self if its finger foods. For the past month or so he's been fighting me at bath time and I've tried everything but nothing has helped!! :(:( he doesn't understand commands or anything but he's getting a little better. Now baseball season is here and I have no clue how I'm gonna be able to keep him contained during games and practices because I can't just let him down for him to play like the other kids. He will run off and he doesn't understand if he runs in the road he will be hit etc etc. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!!

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Debra - posted on 04/02/2013

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Oh Michele. I absolutely know where you are at understand what you feel. I have a 6 yr old boy who has shown all the behaviors. There many options I can give you. I hope I can help.
1. If you have insurance go to your pediatrician and ask them where you can take your son to be evaluated.
2. Is he already in school full time? Kindergarten? If not your county should have a early intervention that should be free of charge to have him evaluated and give you services.
3. Please please do not ignore his problems. I am sure as it is definitely frustrating to you, it is just as frustrating to him that he cannot understand nor express himself the way you want it.
4. If you don't have insurance you can apply for Medicare for your child and he can get the extra help he needs.
5. In the mean time. A child reacts better to star charts and schedules. Such as you have a chart that has Velcro stars and he gets a minimum of 5 stars a day when he gets all those stars he gets something in the end, whether its a small toy or special time with mommy, or something you know that keeps him positive. Def a good thing to use during bathtime. I want to give you more information and if you want more ideas you are more than welcome to email me and we can talk further. I want to help you not feel alone in this situation.

Debra - dontcallmedebbie@comcast.net

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