my son is autistics, no speech and has behaviour problem. Any suggestion

Lim - posted on 11/02/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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He is 6 years. Have tried so many therapist and spend so much but still not much improvement seen. Seeing speech therapy, occupational therapy. Even tried accupunture before, did ABA also. Very worry about his progress, don't know how to plan for his education! Tried so many center at my place here, M'sia. Please help

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Marie - posted on 11/02/2009

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I have worked with kids with autism for years, and one thing that most autistic parents don't try is to have their autistic kids participate in group activities. Look at different recreational programs offered in your community that might interest your child, get him involve in sports. Make sure you don't give up with all that you both have achieved, try to have one activities with each other. Don't highlight much on his autism, but more on his personality and have tell you what are his interests are, and find books at the library for activities for children with autism. Remember he is 6 years old, he is trying to figure out things. Good luck!!

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Sonia - posted on 07/23/2013

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hi lim, i have a ten yo with autism. my son was diagnosed at 2. as parents we want the best for our children and the normalcy that comes with it. but we have to accept our children the way they are. my son is completely non-verbal ( he has never said one word),he still wears diapers to bed. for a while he would wake at 3 in the morning and not go back to sleep, he used to smear feces on the wall. i am not telling you this to scare you, i just want you to know that you are not alone. there is NO cure for autism. continue with all the therapies that you can, it will never hurt. they will find there own ways of doing things. my son now uses his ipod for communication, he is becoming more independent but he is still at an age level of 2. his life will never be normal, he will not learn to drive, he wont get married, he will probably live in a group home when he is older. but i will always continue to do everything i can do to make his life as "normal" as possible. just love him and accept him for the wonderful boy he is.

Lim - posted on 11/03/2009

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Quoting Erna:

Hi Alissa... I am not an expert, but i knew a 4 years old autistic boy! He is genius and he doesnt speak to people. His vocabularies 2000 over words and remember flashcards within seconds and knows what is coming after complete whole set (despite being a quite boy) He doesnt like girl / woman except his mother and me!! We are very surprised and he loves to play with me...

His mother holds a degree in child pyschology and montessory... She knew exactly how to handle him...They are not interested in group activities and prefers to be alone... do you know that autistic is very gifted? dont give up on your child... let him explore somthing like play online educational activities? this way will encourage him more to speak up and shares with you his learning experiences... we dont have many expert in malaysia, but they have one in KL / Selangor... please try to do more research and make friends with parents / family or autistics itself... you will be amazed what you can learn...

You will be surprised how interesting and friendly people with autism could be. It all depends on severity of their disorder. There are many people who are close to being sufficiently adapted to function independently and when you look at them you may think of autism as a different kind of personality. On the other hand, there are autistic people who need constant supervision and help simply to get through life.



Thank u so much for your encouraging story. By d way, u mentioned there is a expert in KL/Selangor ... do u mind to tell me where is it? We have autictics center in Malaysia and the government actually provide a big amount of funds to the center but wat the center can provide to our kids is a disppointment. I just know know where to find help since that is a special center for autistic and yet not being able to help. Is so sad to said that ...  

Lim - posted on 11/02/2009

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Quoting Beth:

Have you tried Brain Balance therapy? I've heard wonderful things about it. Where do you live?



Have not heard of this Therapy before. I'm staying in Malaysia.. Do you think this therapy exist in Malaysia? Need to find out more about this therapy . Thank u so much for your information.

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You might consider changing his diet, my best friend's son has autism and it did wonders for him when they simply cut wheat out of his diet. Of course you'll probably want to consult your child's doctor but it's worth a try.

Meredith - posted on 11/02/2009

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I don't have children with autism, but have a few friends and have children that are! One of the common things they have done is change their diet! Now that I'm typing this I have completely forgot the name of it....i'm sure you can find it on a wen site..... and getting them in a specific school that does one on one with him! And keep doing the therapy, try and stay positive and have a positive attitude with him! I notice a huge change in a close friends son as soon as they changed his diet! it was almost day and night! hope it helps

Erna - posted on 11/02/2009

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Hi Alissa... I am not an expert, but i knew a 4 years old autistic boy! He is genius and he doesnt speak to people. His vocabularies 2000 over words and remember flashcards within seconds and knows what is coming after complete whole set (despite being a quite boy) He doesnt like girl / woman except his mother and me!! We are very surprised and he loves to play with me...



His mother holds a degree in child pyschology and montessory... She knew exactly how to handle him...They are not interested in group activities and prefers to be alone... do you know that autistic is very gifted? dont give up on your child... let him explore somthing like play online educational activities? this way will encourage him more to speak up and shares with you his learning experiences... we dont have many expert in malaysia, but they have one in KL / Selangor... please try to do more research and make friends with parents / family or autistics itself... you will be amazed what you can learn...



You will be surprised how interesting and friendly people with autism could be. It all depends on severity of their disorder. There are many people who are close to being sufficiently adapted to function independently and when you look at them you may think of autism as a different kind of personality. On the other hand, there are autistic people who need constant supervision and help simply to get through life.

Stacey - posted on 11/02/2009

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Hi Lim, my son is 2 1/2 and I also felt that while his therapies and services are great, I wasn't seeing much improvement for all the effort put in so we also started him on the gfcf diet (gluten-free and casein-free) and then we also eliminated soy. We have had him on the diet for over 2 months and have been seeing improvement in him. I have heard good things about cod liver oil helping with speech so I am going to give that a try now on top of the diet. Also read about DAN! Doctors, www.TACAnow.org has info on DAN! Drs and gfcf diet and more. If you have any questions feel free to send me a message.

Aundrea Bahr - posted on 11/02/2009

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www.ALTruisticpursuits.com click on the "contact us" link, fill out the info...you can even give them a call!! This is my sister's site. Her name is Dena.....give her a try!!

Elisa - posted on 11/02/2009

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There are alot of different forms and levels of autism. Im not sure where your son lies, but I know when I had two children in my school with autism Having a focus point for them such as an activity that doesnt frustrate them really helps. I also had a special time and place for them to have their private qiet time. They need quiet time to relax and help them better focus. Again, Im not sure how much time you have on your hands, but if you can sit down with him every night and do something sensory and calming with him that he likes that would help. Sensory is a huge part of an autistic childs down falls or strengths. If you find something he likes to touch like silly puddy or play dough that can also be a relaxing tool to use. maybe a stress ball, the sandy ones not the air ones. hope it helped a little. ;)

Cori - posted on 11/02/2009

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I dont know much about autism but i do know that when i was 13 years old i had a dog, johnnie, and he was 3 years old. We had a therapist approach us that year and she was doing a study on animals bringing out speech in autistic children and it turns out that my dog brought out a lot of speech in the children. he is a very gentle dog and always has been (he is 13 years old now and very deaf) she would leave them in a room with some toys, my dog, herself and i. the kids loved the dog and eventually they ended up talking not just to johnnie but to me and to her even more. i dont know if it means anything but i guess its just something to think about!

RebeccaAnne - posted on 11/02/2009

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You should have a county board of disabilities in your state, have you tried contacting them for help? If you don't have one in your county you should have one in your state. Many times they will have list of services that can help and connections with other parents with children just like yours. Sometimes moms do know best keep your hear up and if you can not find a support group in your area, check online and find one there, and find a mom that has already gone through what you are going though it makes it a little easier. Good Luck and Stay strong

Heather - posted on 11/02/2009

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There are a lot of resource like special schools and funding for autistic kids. Just find out about any in your area.

Beth - posted on 11/02/2009

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Have you tried Brain Balance therapy? I've heard wonderful things about it. Where do you live?

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