does anyone know what i can do to help teach an autistic child

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Stacey - posted on 12/11/2009

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If your child is non-verbal or does not speak much, PECS is great, it is basically picture cards for them to use to communicate. Look at www.pecsaustralia.com, you can buy everything you need on there, it can be a bit pricey but I recommend buying the proper stuff as opposed to trying to make your own, my son is doing quite well with it and you can clearly see that he loves that he is able to communicate his wants and needs.
there are also some DVDs that look great for kids with Autism, www.bumblebee.com.

Samza - posted on 12/09/2009

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Depending on age and your childs understanding of things but i found that visuals were a heaven send. Most children with forms of PDD respond extremely well when given visuals to get them to learm a new activity or to get them ready for a change in thier routine.

Good Luck

Nicole - posted on 12/08/2009

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Amy, how old is your child? and what is their diagnosis? what do you they have trouble with? Each child is very different and what works for one may not work for another. It would be a good idea to read up on something called sensory integration disorder as it is a common problem in not only children on the autism spectrum but also children other with developmental delays and learning disabilities.

Amy - posted on 12/08/2009

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thank you to all the mums who have given me advice, im going to try my hardest in teaching her and ill keep u all upto date xoxox

Lori - posted on 12/08/2009

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I have an 8 year old with Autism and I don't think he would be as far along as he is without the intensive therapy program we put him through. Be consistent with everything you do. Every autistic child learns differently so try to find what interests your child and work from there. You also need to have a good relationship with your school system.

J - posted on 12/08/2009

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The Transporters series (www.thetransporters.com) is a fun way of teaching about emotions.

Nicole - posted on 12/08/2009

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Repeat the lesson over & over again...also look into soome early intervention programs....

Nicole - posted on 12/08/2009

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You have 2 be patience. When he/she gets one task they seem to stick with it for a quite sometime before moving on to the next stage so don't push the proccess.

Kristina - posted on 12/08/2009

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Amy, how old is your son? The best suggestion I can make is looking into early-intervention services within the state you live in; I previously worked with autistic children and we used ABA or Applied Behavioral Analysis techniques with children/adolescents ages 3-18. It was alot of repetition and modeling appropriate behavior through play & socialization. I used flash cards, puzzles, PECS or pictures books to increase language skills. I rewarded the wanted response with positive praise and sometimes stickers or food (M&M's, etc) and ignored all negative responses. Hope this helps and best of luck with your son!

Melanie - posted on 12/08/2009

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i've found repetition helps. We also use sign-along language to help him communicate. It's a lot harder to teach a child with autism just persevere. Try lots of songs like head, shoulders etc. As there are actions as well. Most importantly have fun. If you're having fun as well your child picks up on it xx

Amanda - posted on 12/08/2009

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Well it really depends on the child, their age and how severe their autism is. But most children with autism learn best when using compics (black and white drawings). The best advice I can give you is that whether this is your child, a friends or family members contact a local organisation for autism in your area and they can provide you with the support and answers you need.

Goodluck.

User - posted on 12/08/2009

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my son is higher functioning in some regards, quite low in others...a typical puzzle! But, I have used the game Guess Who to help him with visual discrimination and facial recognition. Some of the pictures are happy,some grumpy...we modified...find a man with yellow hair, find a grumpy face...he really enjoyed this.

But is there something specific you want to teach your child?

Sheila

Helene - posted on 12/08/2009

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My daughter was diagnosed with borderline aspergers, i found with er when we would walk past a book shop she would always look in.. so i encouraged her to pick a book but gave her certain ones to choose from. went home and helped her with it and turned it into a game.



now shes 14 - would rather read or play the DS- be outside in the sunshine. not into telly a great deal

Anmie - posted on 12/08/2009

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You can make him listen to action songs and show him ther actions of the song. Make him follow you. This will also help him improve his language skills. There are a lot of activities which you can do with hi. How old is your child? I used to do Behavior Intervention Therapy for Autistic children ages 4-7 yrs old.

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