Christine - posted on 05/08/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
He is non-verbal and does not have too bad of sensory issues. He transitions well, he loves hugs and tickle time. He plays for small moments with me and toys. He uses an iPAD daily, which he can manipulate to anything he needs, puzzles, matching cards with animals on them. He is brilliant, but I don't know what to do first to help him learn. We are starting sign language with him for food, but he has no support through the public school system. I attended his IEP meeting and they suggested sign language and stated that all his goals from his last iEP were not met. They would re-evaluate in 3 months. What can I use, buy or find for him to teach him some basic language skills. I am with him 6 hours a day and he is extremely smart and stims daily, but can be calmed down easily from small episodes. He only eates pb & Jell, grilled cheese sandwich, granola bars, water, gummy fruit snacks, yogurt in the tube. I really want to help the family start introducing a GFCF diet, but not sure where to start. Help!
I have watched the TEmple Grandin movie and her dvd with her presentation on how to help kids. But most of her suggestions were for kids over 5 and had some speech in place. He makes sounds but nothing on target, just randomly uses his voice. He can hear, hearing has been checked and he can handle loud noises and soft noises. He is on the spectrum, but not over sensitive. Food and texture is what contributes to his picky eating. He will check his bread on how it feels before he picks it up to eat it. Even though it is the same bread everyday.
I am open to any and all suggestions that will help him focus on learning. I study his actions and how he uses the ipad daily so I can hopefully figure out how he learns.