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what are some tips to caring for autistic children?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Lower expectations: You need to be aware of your child's difficulties. Do not challenge them as they will have a meltdown. Autistic children often have sensory overload which may include tactile or auditory sensitivity. Understand boundaries. Emphasize their strengths and enroll them in an appropriate educational program which will probably include aba therapy.
Answered on Aug 15, 2013
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Diet, remove toxins: Many autistic children do improve on a gluten free casein free diet. Many have improvement in their bowels and/or speech. Cod liver oil helps for many as do probiotics . Some respond to B12 injections as well, which you need to discuss with your physician. I have had many improve with chinese medicine as well. www.rneubrander.com is a good website for B12 information.
Answered on Dec 30, 2014
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Evidence-based: Intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy (aba, the denver model) 25-40 hours/wk works best. A child with autism won't understand why he should follow your agenda; ignore non-compliance & protests. Say, "sit down. Look at me, " tapping your temple, before teaching. Focus on joint attention, a precursor for communication. Ipad autism apps may be useful, but face -to-face time is best.
Answered on Feb 17, 2013

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Yes: Given the proper guidance they will do fine.
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