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Please provide some do's and don'ts on living with autism/ asd.

28 doctors weighed in across 18 answers
Dr. Lisa Rankin answered

Specializes in ADHD and Autism

Ignore: Never give up trying to improve your life or the life of your child. Be persistent and accept help.

Answered 1/22/2016

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Dr. Johanna Fricke answered

Specializes in Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral

Ignore: Don't assume that a child with ASD who reads above grade level can comprehend at the same level.

Answered 11/27/2017

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Dr. Charlene Sojico answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Ignore: Do ask them to look at u when talking . Do not underestimate their great potentials.Be compassionate.

Answered 11/27/2017

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Dr. Margret Rose Dellosso answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Ignore: Structure and schedule helps, keep calm through emotional outbursts, give choices and explanations.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Nela Cordero answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Ignore: LEARN to accept the autistic, nobody is perfect !

Answered 6/29/2014

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Dr. Neigatha Graney answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Screening: Screening for autism is recommended at 18 months and 24 months of age. See your pediatrician.

Answered 8/1/2014

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Dr. Walter Husar answered

Specializes in Neurology

Ignore: Live a very structured life, chaos should be avoided. Concentrate on one thing at a time.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Ryan Nishihara answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Ignore: Provide a normal routine of daily activities. Praise. Encourage social events.

Answered 7/5/2014

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Dr. Holly Maes answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Ignore: Explore alternative ways of communication other than spoken language (computers, music, signing)

Answered 8/1/2014

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Dr. Jalal Zuberi answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Ignore: While diagnosis of Autism is hard, you can be amazed at the improvement with constantant engagement.

Answered 7/12/2014

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Dr. Heather Whitworth answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Ignore: Do find a companion or advocate for your child. You need a break every once in a while to persevere.

Answered 7/13/2014

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Dr. Natalie Hodge answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Ignore: Do advocate for your child! Finding the best help and support will pay dividends.

Answered 1/18/2019

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Dr. Que Chu answered

Specializes in General Practice

Ignore: 1) Be patient 2) Don't loose hope 3) get professional help ASAP 4) Be proactive 5) in depth research.

Answered 12/11/2016

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Dr. Rodney Pollary answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Ignore: Find a behavior or activity you like Tri do with him and you will both be happier.

Answered 3/18/2015

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Dr. Diane Minich answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Do: Do be patient as their repetitiveness can be trying on our nerves.

Answered 5/20/2015

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Dr. Andrew Berry answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Speak: Speak about autism openly and honestly. Educate those around you to eradicate ignorance and fear.

Answered 8/6/2015

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Dr. Jerry Smith answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Ignore: Do request a re-evaluation within 1 year of the initial diagnosis.

Answered 1/18/2019

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Dr. Andrew Berry answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

The: The autistic patient's entire family and/or caregivers must be thoroughly educated about autism.

Answered 3/16/2017

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