Need suggestions on how to help a non-verbal autistic boy

Judith - posted on 09/28/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I'm not the mom of this child, but he can be so lovable and is definetly smart. he does go bathroom in his pants even if you have just took him when he has a meltdown. I'm the paraprofessional at school and for some reason he really likes me. I only bring him into teacher off bus in morning and give her a lunch break. But if he gets upset he kicks, bites scratches and is double jointed to boot. I am usually called in to help with him since he's a handful when these meltdowns occur. I don't know what to do to help him theteacher is good with him but we have to use food rewards for work I am trying to get him on constructive things too. He likes interlocking trains or tractors and implements probably anything interlocking. Thomas the Train is his favorite thing he also loves to swing we have one inside school from sensory place and he loves the ones outside.This little boy is smart in constructing stuff but acts like 2 year old like wants to play peek a boo and be rocked. He also understands every word your saying this is strange to figure out. I've been in special ed. for 24 yrs. but this is 1st autistic child I've dealt with any help will be appreciated.

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Sarah - posted on 09/30/2015

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I don't know how your school district works, as a para professional to spend time in the class with him? I am not at all dismissing your authority or capability, but does he have a behavioral aide who may be able to advise a plan? Does he have a timeout spot for him to regroup? In one of out class settings we have a tee-pee, with a beanbag chair. It is dark and quiet and there is nothing in there for stimulation. The aides to take things in with the kids, depending on the situation. We have one student who loves the feel of fur, and he has a rabbit pelt (gross IMO) that he can rub to soothe himself while he is is the tee-pee. It is not a place of punishment but more a place for the SN kids to take a breather, get away from the other kids and "reset". Now this tee-pee came to be through months of effort from one mother who did not like the behavioral aide's suggestion of a dark closet for time out. It is used by many kids and it is AMAZINGLY effective. It has come to be used as a reward too. It is a permanent fixture in a class that has SN, BD and traditional kids throughout the day. It is never used for group play or free time. I suppose that was a bit of a tangent.....?

Judith - posted on 09/30/2015

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I'll find out today what IEP says, and go a little more in depth about behavior...Judy

Judith - posted on 09/29/2015

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I'm not sure he can be really good one day and the next is flustered all day. This could be not sleeping good at home or other turmoils with family. He has two older brothers that aggravate him he's the baby of the family also. His brothers are 11, and 14. One has had issues with asking girls inappropriate questions and the other will tell us things that help but really they make him mad, so don't believe much help at home mom I'm sure has her hands full. Dad and mom have issues and dad has cheated on her recently after 3 months they're back together. He says all his colors to speech teacher but I nor the teacher have heard this. He is saying some things like yes, and JuJU for my name Judy. How can we help him to talk more and what do autistic children learn by more demonstrating or hands on.

Sarah - posted on 09/28/2015

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What sort of help are you looking for? Sounds like the teacher and you have a good grasp on his needs. You know what motivates him and have a reward system in place. What does his IEP say about the meltdowns?

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