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How can I potty train my child with developmental disabilities?

How can I potty train my child with developmental disabilities?

Patiently...: Toilet {or "potty"} training is difficult in and of itself; throwing any disability into the mix adds another level of difficulty. Sometimes the 'team' approach is best; and positive reinforcement is helpful. I do not know the exact nature of the disability so i cannot be more specific except do draw from my own parenting experience...When your child is ready then it happens; and not before. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more


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How can I potty train my child with learning disabilities?

Small Steps: First teach them to recognize when they need to go (naming it when you see it, as specific as you can). This communication is key. If stalled, try to get them to go into the bathroom, even if still in diapers. Then sitting on the potty. Model toileting all along the way. ...Read more

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How do I help the child with ADHD become better organized with her school work?

Structure/consist: Children with adhd lack the internal processes that those without adhd develop by 4th or 5th to efficiently organize their lives; this may get better with time, or not. Medications help slightly with increased focus and attention to detail, but the major success is external, consistent expectations tailored to where the child fails. Lots of excellent books on this. Check out www.Chadd.Org. ...Read more

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How do I help a 10 year old child cope with the death his school teacher?

How do I help a 10 year old child cope with the death his school teacher?

Simple is best: The 10yo's past experience with pets or bugs gives them a basic understanding of the physical reality of death. Since their thinking processes won't begin to embrace advanced thinking until well into the teens, you need to stay with simple. Instead of trying to provide an elaborate discussion of heaven or eternal love, provide an open invitation to ask questions. Kids will come back again & again. ...Read more

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Problems with special education teacher and program. Help please. We have few options for our child with autism?

Problems with special education teacher and program. Help please. We have few options for our child with autism?

Too little info: I sympathize, but your question is so general, it is impossible to offer a specific answer. If you think the problem truly is the teacher, speak to the principal or special educataion counselor at the school. You can request a new iep at any time, which may include looking at private school options if child not recieving adequate care. If needed, seek a lawyer specializing in this area. ...Read more

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What social skills must I teach my child to help him to meet my friends?

What social skills must I teach my child to help him to meet my friends?

Manners: Teach your child expected manners. Introductions, being polite. Your child should not be required to like your friends. You can teach him/her to say hello, make eye contact, shake hands, and then be free to go off and play or whatever is required in the situation. ...Read more

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How should I help my child practice her social skills?

See below: Expose her to different social situations, and model the behavior you would like to see. ...Read more

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I am extremely stressed out, how to help my child with autism who doesn't speak?

I am extremely stressed out, how to help my child with autism who doesn't speak?

Communication : Systems involving picture exchange are easier now with ipads. Applied behavioral analysis therapists can help your child with communication, but they need to know the level of his cognitive functioning to target therapy. Contact https://louisville.Edu/autism, the university of louisville autism center at kosair charities for services ; funding. Don't despair; help is available.;#40;502;#41; 852-1300. ...Read more

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How to get child into private school without public school help, using my rights as parent because l believe my child has medica Issues, misdiagnosed?

How to get child into private school without public school help, using my rights as parent because l believe my child has medica Issues, misdiagnosed?

Odd idea: You get into a private school by paying for the service, not making demands of the public system. Private schools are also not required to make any accommodations for kids with special needs, be they learning or medical.Public schools are required to make these accommodations.You need to meet with a representative of your local special services department and explore your available options. ...Read more

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What kind of specialist should I seek in order to help teach my son with asperger's social skills.?

What kind of  specialist should I seek in order to help teach my son with asperger's social skills.?

Many: There are more resources than ever supporting growth emotionally and socially for those withpervasive developmental disorders - networking & medical information sites, organizations that give support to autism/aspergers spectrum disorders (nih, nimh & local medical societies), family and friends. All can lead to psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors & other specialists for direct hands on help. ...Read more

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Best treatment for borderline attention deficit in 11y/o boy struggling w school work?

Best treatment for borderline attention deficit in 11y/o boy struggling w school work?

More evaluation: Some children with attentional issues may have other problems. First have your child's vision and hearing checked. Talk with with your son's teacher/school about having him tested for learning disabilities such as dyslexia or visual or auditory processing problems. Also you can request an student study team and or individualized education plan from his school to optimize his learning. ...Read more

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Would it be more beneficial to continue mainstreaming my 8 year old child diagnosed w hfa w adhd, gdd/asperger vs placing her in a special ED school?

Would it be more beneficial to continue mainstreaming my 8 year old child diagnosed w hfa w adhd, gdd/asperger vs placing her in a special ED school?

Ask school: The best think for your child is for you to team up with his teachers and school to get their opinion as to how he is doing. The school district is required by law to evaluate him to see if he needs special help if he has a confirmed medical diagnosis that may get in the way of his education. Sometimes you have to push the school to do it but collaborating is always best. Ask if he needs an iep. ...Read more

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Must I send my child to camp with other gifted kids?

No: There is no reason you must do that. However, if your child would like to attend, and you can afford to do so, then it maybe a good idea. However, if you are sending your child, just to send them, then i would not do so. ...Read more

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Must I reward my child with money for doing chores?

Must I reward my child with money for doing chores?

Trade works: Parents forget they automatically do things their kid values which can stop.That trip to practice/club/etc. can be traded for work they do.You don't have to sign off on that field trip at school, they can cool their heals in the library unless they will trade it for chores. Get creative.While money can work in some instances, teaching them to put value on effort goes both ways. ...Read more

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My son is 5 years old, verbal child on the autistic spectrum. I am having trouble making him mind me. Any disciplining tips?

My son is 5 years old, verbal child on the autistic spectrum. I am having trouble making him mind me. Any disciplining tips?

Autism: with high functioning autism, you need to establish good eye contact with your child. Try to stay consistent on dealing with the same behavior the same way everytime. Use flash cards with colors and commands and set incentive to get him to do what you want. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old son has high functioning autism. I read weighted blankets may help kids with this disorder. What exactly would they help him with?

My 3 yr old son has high functioning autism.  I read weighted blankets may help kids with this disorder.  What exactly would they help him with?

Help relax and sleep: People with autism or asperger's syndrome often feel more comfortable with additional weight pressing against them. This can help them relax and sleep better at night. According to the autism speaks website, some insurance companies will even cover the cost of these if the claim is filled out properly. See: http://www.Autismspeaks.Org/family-services/resource-library/sensory-tools-products. ...Read more

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Coping with illnesses in my elderly parent. I need help please?

Coping with illnesses in my elderly parent. I need help please?

Self care: In times of stress try to engage in good self care- it is not always easy but helps with issues like caregiver burnout. Tips include good rest and sleep, healthy eating, finding some time for preferred and pleasurable activities, and taking short breaks if possible. If feeling very overwhelmed it may be with talking to a professional such as your doctor or a therapist. ...Read more

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How can parents help with their child who has a speech disorder?

How can parents help with their child who has a speech disorder?

Evaluation is key: First make certain the child hears well, be certain there is not physical cause (short frenulum, malocclusion), and then have a speech therapist see them. Key is to not add to their self-consciousness about it- that could only make the situation worse. ...Read more

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Need tips on helping a child with nonverbal learning disorder or asperger's disorder? What do I do?

Need tips on helping a child with nonverbal learning disorder or asperger's disorder? What do I do?

Nonverbal Learning: Disorder is best diagnosed & managed by a neuropsychological evaluation followed by specific recommendations for the child's current functional impairments in learning, behavior & peer interaction. The results help a developmental/behavioral pediatrician search for the genetic or other medical cause of the NLD. Find info on http://www.nldontheweb.org/nldentrylevelreading/nldcharacteristics.html. ...Read more

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How can I help my gifted child fit in with regular kids?

See below: Provide opportunities for social interaction outside of school and educational settings. Perhaps, sports, dance, camps, or scouting. ...Read more

Dr. Allyson Pizzo-Berkey
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