my son may have autism any tips anyone??

Sian - posted on 08/05/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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my son doesnt speak and has rituals he has to do when playing and eating and iv just seen a specialist who thinks it may be autism

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Tara - posted on 04/07/2011

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Look up something called PECS. Its picture exchange communication. Its a gradual process but it has done wonders for my son. We still don't have conversations but its got him on the rite track and he can communicate his needs which was huge for me. And its something that can be done at home... you don't need to buy anything unless you want to.

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I recently ended a relationship in which my ex had a daughter with Aspberger's. It's actually a sort-of form of Autism. Hard to describe (there are great books/videos about it). Anyway, I raised her from age 6 to 13 before we split up, and let me tell you - it's hard. You have to have a good neurologist, extreme patience, and know when to pick your battles. Do as much research as you can, talk to people, get involved in support groups, and get yourself and your son a therapist as you all get older - it helps. I really have nothing to say about "what to do" as each child is different. You just have to learn your child's level of autism (or asperger's) and learn how to cope/deal with it and make their lives as easy as possible.

Good luck, hun, it's a rough road out there. There's a lot of support though, so don't ever feel alone. If you get frustrated or depressed - talk to someone right away!

ME - posted on 08/12/2009

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My husbands daughter didn't speak until she was 3, and didn't really develop a vocabulary until she was 4. They were sure she was on the Autism spectrum somewhere, but now, at 7, she is a totally normal little girl. They had all of the tests done, and talked to specialists galore...do your research, and talk to the doctors...but get several opinions!!!

Desi - posted on 08/12/2009

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Early Intervention is the key! Intensive speech/language therapy and enroll your child in a program where they have typically developing childlren. Keeping to a daily routine and schedule will help your child adjuct to routine and avoind surprises. I hope this helps. Oh, join a support group.

Izumi - posted on 08/12/2009

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Does she have any problems with her academic work in school? If she is behind in reading, she could have learning disability. And if she indeed has problems with reading, you need to get on the case immediately. Do not wait! The problem will become pervasive and it will touch every aspects of life. However, if you start tackling the problem now, it won't be too late.

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i am going through that with my oldest. My advice, find a support group. even if he has not been officially diagnosed yet it wont hurt to gather information. second, keep a routine. predictability really helps with autistic kids.

Joanne - posted on 08/12/2009

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Hi I have twin boys with autism.They are 12 years old now and have come a long way from when they were little boys at 2 who could not talk and could watch a fan spin for hours. I found that the right school was the most important thing. I talked to people at the ASA (Autism Society of America) they sent me lots of things to read. Then early intervention helped me find the right school and home school. The school they are in right now is QSAC. they are in facebooks causes or you can go to QSAC.com they helped my sons get where they are today. I hope this helps.

Donna - posted on 08/11/2009

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I have two boys on the autism spectrum, one is 12 and one is 8.5. They both are doing well. One is quite challenged academically, but is delightful and sweet and VERY affectionate. The other is very talented at school, does well socially and has been in a normal classroom without accomodations and does well. Both of them have and continue to have interventions as I find them. I have seen amazing strides in both of them over the past 6 years as I have worked with them.



Find a D.A.N. (Defeat Autism Now) doctor, do the gluten free casein free diet and follow the DAN doc's plan. This is more a biomedical issue than anything else. They can help you get his gut straightened out, if that's a problem, they can help with heavy metal toxicity, etc. Great Plains Laboratory is another great resource on the web.



Email me if you want further ideas. Don't ever give up...I have been at it 6 years and am still seeing great things!

User - posted on 08/09/2009

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my daughter did not speak untill she was almost 2 years old . we called early intervention . she was tested and was at a 6 month level. she began services for 5 days 1 hour increments . she had speach for motre than 6 months the we were told she was on the spectrum . she continued with services unytil she was 3 . then she went to a nursery school in my area for special ed. she was there until the middle of pre -k and she florished she is now going into 2nd grade mainstreamed . she is a smart and loving girl that has no signs of any autistic behaviors ao my advise is if your state has services take full advantage of them and always remember positive mind set is half the battle . good luck your daughter is a beauty.

Melissa - posted on 08/09/2009

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I thought my son had Autism too so I had him tested when he went to Preschool. He had weird rituals and things that he wouldn't touch etc. He didn't speak too much either. Fortunately for him and I he didn't have it and he takes speech and Occupational Therapy. He still is particular but either way definitely keep testing and be patient. Any type of help early on will help in the long run.

Madeleine - posted on 08/09/2009

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My son was diagnosed with anything and everything, including autism and other disorders,we suffered for bout three years till we realised that he could not hear...we had grommets put into his ears and we're not looking back...he's a different person.

Martha - posted on 08/08/2009

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He could have autistic tendencies without really having it. It depends whether he has more symptoms other than rituals such as repetition. how old is he? Find a good doctor that handles these type of cases. most doctors are not really knowledgeable with the topic. And this is a topic in which things change from day to day as far as treatment and therapy. usually there will be a full evaluation where the doctor, parents, teachers, therapists, and a psychologist to evaluate the process. As far as I know a reg. doctor doesn't usually diagnose this. If he is diagnosed with Autism he could be at a high or low level. There are various form of Autism, that's why it's a spectrum. There is PPD and Asperger's which fall under the same spectrum. If he is diagnosed with it there are various forms of teaching, there's pictures, picture schedules, ABA therapy, neurodevelopmental approach, OT, PT, music therapy, speech therapy, and assistive technology that can help. he can function as any typical person it just takes extra work and effort to achieve that. Hope this helps. By the way I am a special ed teacher and worked primarily with children diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in a PPCD classroom, so if you have any questions let me know to see if I can help you any.

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I got my son into early intervention through the school system and I don't know what they do there for only 2 hours a day, but after only about a month I saw incredible changes. He started in April and now its august. He speaks in full sentences, he is a much happier child and I don't have to fight him to do routine age appropriate tasks like I used to. Thank god for such wonderful teachers. This would not have happened without them. And since this is through a local school system, its free.

Depending on his age, best thing for you to do is to contact your local school or early intervention program.

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I would have that specialist do a full evaluation before I did anything else. My 7 year old has been diagnosed with both Asperger's Syndrome and mild autism, so I've been fighting the system for a while now. ;)
Good luck!

Gina - posted on 08/05/2009

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How old is your son? If he is young enough, get linked into your Early Intervention Program with your local school system. They can link you up with an occupational therapist that can do sensory integration stuff with him. As a matter of fact they can link you with a group of professionals such as physical therapists, you name it and get you son the kind of stimulation he needs without overstimulating him. A good author is "Temple Grandin" she is autistic and has done well for her self. I will send you a book mark which I hope you can find useful. She describes what it's like being autistic. I used to know the title of a book that was light reading, but I can't remember it.
Here is a link to an article, it's a bit long: http://www.grandin.com/inc/visual.thinki...

Let me know if I can help. My son wasn't autistic, but I wrote a term paper on it and spent a lot of time reading about autism because I like to learn. My son had mild cerebral palsy with multiple impairments.

Eni - posted on 08/05/2009

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From what I have known this doesn't have to be autism....there are more of those illnesses like autism that are similar but different from autism, like asperger syndrome and more (depends how old is your son and how old was he when it had started....of course depends on simptoms too)....I have learned a lot about those topics and if you need any help I'm there for you! you just need to ask doctors lots of questions and you must be headstrong and patient

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My son has autism. He is six now and we found out when he was 3 1/2. He started school when he was 4 and this year will be mainstreamed (in a regular class) in first grade. He still receives help and his case is very mild, but a good teacher really made the difference. It is also good if you can find a support group to go to.

Misty - posted on 08/05/2009

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Also routine works well for them, Its hard but scheduals or pictures of what comes next is very comforting for them, and for you read, read, read there is a lot of good info but relize not all of it will apply to your child, they are all different just like everybody else

Michelle - posted on 08/05/2009

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It depends on how severe the autism is. Some children are fine with only a few symptoms and others have every symptom in the book. You should be able to get into a specialist who deals mainly with autistic children, and they'll give you all the help you'll need. Most times you need to have your doctor refer you to one. So I guess I would just explain the situation to my doctor and ask him/her to help in whatever ways they can. Good luck:0)!

Charity - posted on 08/05/2009

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From what I have learned about this topic repeatition is the best thing for them for it helps to keep them to learn it. Also lots of patence as well. It does get tiring but trust me I have seen that the rewards are farrr worth all the work you put into it. Take a deep breath when getting frustrated and move on to next topic for the day and then next day do all over again.

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