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Can I Help My Headbanging Child Withot Headgear
Yes: The cool design of the kids head makes it pretty tolerant to the headbanging. Its done either to get attention, release frustration or as a self stimulating behavior.They go through it without brain damage&if it hurts enough at any point they quit. You can watch them out of peripheral vision & not provide them with the direct eye contact they are trying to get. Over time they grow out of this. ...Read more
My autistic son has a melt down when people clap and cheer, especially after the happy birthday song. How can I help him cope with this?
Autism : It would be best to limit him to this exposure. You can remove him from or keep him from the areas where this is likely to occur or ask others to refrain from this activity if he needs to be present. ...Read more
Copying you: Your child will copy your value system one way or the other. Show him what you value, what you consider rewards and what you consider faulure. ...Read more
See below: Provide opportunities for social interaction outside of school and educational settings. Perhaps, sports, dance, camps, or scouting. ...Read more
My autistic son gets extremely upset when people clap and cheer. How can I help him overcome this?
Gentle desensitizing: First, i would start with getting him some earplugs or headphones to help block sound in those situations. Second, start by gently clapping or cheering at home when he does something good. Then progress to showing him videos of people clapping etc to get him used to it over time. Help him to learn to clap along and cheer so he can learn what a fun positive thing it is! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quiet, dark: Routine, routine, routine, as similar every night as possible. The environment should ideally become progressively more dark and quiet beginning as early as dinner. Avoid stimulating tv shows or video games. Limit sugars and eliminate any caffeine. Bathing just before bed can help. As with adults, separating stressful events, like frustrating homework, from bedtime can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
First of all, how: Old is your daughter?Does she eat other things aside from clothes and toys? If still a baby, i would agree with dr. Ferguson. If she is older, i would suggest taking her to her pediatrician to get checked out for anemia, lead poisoning and other conditions that would give her this craving for things other than food called pica. Try to distract her and offer an alternative to chew on. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Love, structure: Preschool children need affection and praise when they do well, a structured environment with consistent "rules" such as no hitting etc, regular sleep schedules ( about 10 hours/night), good nutrition of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and dairy. Avoid sweetened drinks. They need time to run around and play and intellectual stimulation reading books and interacting with you! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
New home/new friends: Moving is difficult to adjust for some children. Try making it easy by making sure u have phone numbers of old friends u r leaving behind. Throw a block party or invite class mates over for an afternoon play date. Some schools have programs for new students and their families to welcome them to the school community. Make sure u are there for your child but do not be over bearing. ...Read more
Improved structure: Check out chadd.Org for a number of excellent books talking about non-drug stragies for helping with attention. Behavioral interventions can be as effective as medications, but they have to be well designed and maintained. The school psychologist should have a list of strategies worth trying. Like medications, the benefits disappear when you remove the support systems. ...Read more
How can try to potty train my child (at 5yo) who's having accidents and just doesn't want to go on his own?
Assist/ Reward: One drag on toilet training is the mixed messages a kid gets if you follow him around asking if he needs to go. If he doesn't, he is sad he can't produce, if he needs to go & you are not there asking, he may not be able to hold it until you do.(again sad). If you tell him you will help, he picks the time (which is crucial)& you assist.(no sadness).A reward system helps motivate & can work overnight. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Wash hands!: You will never be able to prevent all infections, but that's ok. As long as your child has a normal immune system, he/she will be able to handle most infections. Make sure your child gets all the recommended vaccinations! When around other sick kids, make sure to wash hands. Many doctors think your immune system being exposed to antigens may actually be beneficial. Doctors are always there to help ...Read more
CHIlLDREN: Kids have to be treated equally to avoid sibling rivalry. Everyone is important and precious and loved dearly by parents. Give support and look for positive attributes in every child. Let them know that you are always there for them. ...Read more
My 12 years old bro has down syndromme and can't. Talk like a norm person. What can I do to help him. He mumbles and smart in playing gadget.?
You're helping now!: Asking questions is the most important first step. Good job! kids with down syndrome speak and play differently sometimes because that's just the way they are. But they also have special ways of being the best brother ever, and they need their families to help them. Being patient and just being happy with him, even if the gadgets are hard for him to use, is a really big help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Head lice: Simply put, you can do everything right and your family could still end up with lice. And of course, head lice have nothing to do with hygiene or income level; anyone can get them. The most common route of transmission is head to head contact, such as two kids bending over the same coloring book. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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