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Elementary Social Skills Curriculum For Autistic Children
My 7 year autistic son only talks when he wants something . He has very little social skills . Will he ever be able to live independently as adult ?
Prognosis for kids: With autistic spectrum disorder depends on level of cognition, degree of ASD & early response to therapy. Studies show 14-44% favorable outcomes.(http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3619174/). Having early communication & a full scale iq > 70 (stable from ~ age 7) are favorable. Social/adaptive skills remain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more
Evidence-based: Treatment of autism is intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy at the child's developmental age. When a young child is ready, "peer therapy" is effective, adult-supervised play with a neurotypical peer in multiple settings. Group therapy at age 6 & > is repetitive, rote training in basic skills. Dan & other unproven therapies are reviewed in "pediatrics" nov 2012, on aap.Org or app. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What would happen to autistic prodigies if there was a cure? They would lose their special skills, right?
Maybe: We're always working on the cure though so you shouldn't worry too much. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/cure_for_autism a fact sheet identifies the prevalence of savant abilities in the autistic population as 10% in comparison to 1% of the non-autistic population. www.autism-help.org/autism-savant. I have an interest in autism and have published a brief letter in pediatrics on autism. ...Read more
Brain Functioning: Researchers do not know for certain, although some propose that parts of the brain are underdeveloped which allows other parts to function exceptionally well. For example, because the verbal parts are underdeveloped, the memory areas are able to function far better than normal. You should also look up the term "synesthesia, " which may allow for the exceptional skills of some people with autism ...Read more
Role play: Work with a therapist to do role play therapy so you can practice your skills - they don't come naturally to you, so you have to practice, practice. Also, make a conscious effort to look people in the eye when communicating. This will help you in starting to read facial expression and cues when people are communicating with you. ...Read more
I'm an minor autistic adult and want to fix my communication skills. Is there anyone who can help?
Yes. Jewish Social : Service agency, http://www.Jssa.Org/autismcenter#social_clubs_teens_adults, has group therapy for adults with level 1 autistic spectrum disorder throughout maryland. Books on social communication are available on the future horizons website. Give them both a try! ...Read more
I've seen a few psychologists who do social skill training for autistic people at a very high price. Is there any other option?
Social pragmatics: In addition to individual treatment, there are social pragmatics groups that give people an opportunity to socially interact and discuss their concerns. These groups give an opportunity to try out different approaches to managing social situations. You might contact the aspergers association and autism association for recommendations for these groups. ...Read more
Usually affected: Most children with autism have fine motor skills that are delayed and for some they never catch up even with years of therapy. This can make writing difficult as well as buttons, zippers, socks and even flushing a toilet. When a child is young it is important to address with therapy but also to remember that there are often other more useful skills they can acquire in spite of this deficit. ...Read more
Can you tell me, are job descriptions that require team skills and good communication skills discriminating against autistic?
There : May be some jobs out there that are, but sometimes the autistic mind can outperform piers if they are able to get by with some basic ability and training. Keep looking, there is something out there! ...Read more
Brainwashed myself to think i can't carry a conversation. I lost all my social skills and I use to have very good ss and problem/s skills. Help plz!?
One approach to help: You re-group & figure out what started all this is to tell your primary care doctor about & get checked out for any medical/neurological cause. If none, (s)he'll refer to a psychologist. If you psyched yourself out, you may benefit from hypnotherapy & learning self-hypnosis to psych yourself back in, because your prosocial & coping skills are still there. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps, too. ...Read more
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