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How do I stop my autistic son from craving sweets?

How do I stop my autistic son from craving sweets?

remove the food : Almost all children seem to gravitate toward carbohydrates and the best way to deal with this for any child is to not keep the foods in the house. If access is limited at home for everyone and only appropriate food choices are available the cravings will eventually disappear and the diet for everyone in the house will be healthier. Any other way of dealing with this is an exercise in futility. ...Read more

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Help! my autistic son bites everyone! how do I make it stop?

Autism: Without more info call an aba specialist! applied behavior analysis. ...Read more

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How do I stop my toddler from masturbating?

How do I stop my toddler from masturbating?

It's normal.: Masturbation is normal, so you can't stop it. You can set limits on when and where it occurs. For example, "i know it feels good to touch your privates, but that is something that you do when you are alone in your bedroom." if he persists, gently guide him to his room. Be consistent, not condemning. Discuss excessive masturbation with your doctor, it can be a sign of abuse. ...Read more

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How do I stop my child from lying?

How do I stop my child from lying?

Tell a story: A story well told can be worth all the lecturing one may be tempted to offer. Thus, sharing stories from one's personal experience about the consequences of lying or one from age appropriate books ( or perhaps a tv show that you view together with your teen) will get the message across without being "preachy. You can also roleplay with young children or use puppets to illustrate your point. ...Read more

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What to do if my toddler won't stop crying?

What to do if my toddler won't stop crying?

See pediatrician: won't stop crying is very different than "cries often" -- either way, a call or visit to the pediatrician is warranted to obtain further information besides crying and to provide you with the best course of action. Pediatricians are used to receiving these calls, you should feel comfortable calling them to ask. ...Read more

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How can I get my child to stop picking his nose?

How can I get my child to stop picking his nose?

Habit/habit disorder: If your child understands his habit is "not okay" with family, friends & teachers, but persists, he may need evaluation for anxiety +/- impulsivity. Substitute a "fidget" (wiki sticks or worry stone). Team with his teacher to use a cue like "quiet hands" in a low, calm voice. Chastising him reinforces the behavior. Let him practice "quiet hands" a few min./day, so he can earn tokens for rewards. ...Read more

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How do I stop my child from hitting others?

How do I stop my child from hitting others?

Firm and consistent: Be consistent! you need to respond to this immediately, every time with a consistent routine. Make it short, to the point and simple as too much explaining the way it 'hurts others' etc will only draw more attention to an attention seeking behavior. A short, loud, firm 'no hitting' and then remove to a timeout away from your attention. Resist the urge to explain why, just remove and move on. ...Read more

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How can I get my kid to stop sucking his thumb?

How can I get my kid to stop sucking his thumb?

He will on his own: Thumb sucking is quite common and if it is not to the point of peeling his thumb skin off, he will get tired of it some day. If u really don't want him to do so, put some peppermint or tobasco sauce on his thumbs, he won't like it and will give up after awhile. A little bit of tobasco sauce may seem a bit mean, but i never seen a kid hurt by it. Good luck. ...Read more

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My autistic nonverbal girl age 7 screams every time my wife and I talk, how do we stop this?

My autistic nonverbal girl age 7 screams every time my wife and  I talk, how do we stop this?

Audiology: Evaluation by an audiologist with expertise in auditory integration therapy will determine if specific therapies addressing abnormal response to sounds would help. She may find certain frequencies of sounds to be painful . ...Read more

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How can I stop my child from thumb-sucking?

How can I stop my child from thumb-sucking?

Teddy bear can work: A toddler (I hope s/he is at least this old) uses the thumb to self sooth while exploring the world.If you give them a teddy bear/soft snuggle of some sort, that will keep one hand/arm busy,it helps them self sooth. Since they need a free hand/fingers to touch and explore, they stay out of the mouth.Don't fuss at them about it, as that gives them anxiety, which requires self soothing. ...Read more

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How can I help my son stop stammering?

How can I help my son stop stammering?

Dysfluency is often: temporary in children age 2-5. If it lasts > 6 months, starts after age 3 1/2 or there is a family history of stuttering, seek Speech/Language Therapy. Speak slowly & calmly to your son. Don't interrupt or rush him when he talks. Don't draw attention to his stammer or show irritation. Don't say "Slow Down" or correct him. Therapy includes building confidence to speak. ...Read more

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What can I do if my autistic son is driving me mad..Help?

Special Services: In addition to dr singer's response, there are special agengies with advanced services and therapy for help in this area.Aides, respite care and ot may help. ...Read more

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Should I teach my baby how to do sign language?

Should I teach my baby how to do sign language?

Yes: Verbal languages are complex and infants and toddlers understand much more than they can express verbally. Most toddlers are not forming sentences until after their second birthday. Teaching infants and toddlers the basics of sign language offers them a way to communicate before their verbal language begins, reducing their frustration and reinforcing to them the benefit of social communication. ...Read more

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What can I do to convince my 17 month old to brush his teeth?

What can I do to convince my 17 month old to brush his teeth?

Not much: A 17 month old is too young to brush his teeth by himself. He simply doesn't have the motor coordination to handle such a task. Sure, he can put the toothbrush in his mouth and move it around, but is he really brushing his teeth? Probably not. The best thing to do is to brush his teeth for him. Do it gently, so that he does not become scared of it. ...Read more

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How can I stop my teens misbehavior?

....more: Many families benefit from counseling as well to cover communication patterns that need improving. Sometimes teens misbehave to be independent or to rebel or to fit in or because they are insecure. Talking things through and understanding one another better can really help. ...Read more

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How do I stop my son’s annoying habit of pulling at his cowlick?

How do I stop my son’s annoying habit of pulling at his cowlick?

Difficult: Alot depends on age. Either way some of this is habit and some can be related to other disorders. Either way the best answer is to use positive reinforcement. It won't stop by nagging. So offer rewards or stars on a chart for not pulling his hair etc. ...Read more

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What can I do about my child purposely banging his/her head?

What can I do about my child purposely banging his/her head?

Ignore the behavior: As long as your child is intellectually normal, ignoring the behavior is the fastest way to make it disappear. ...Read more

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My 3 year old autistic son is suddenly afraid of going upstairs. What do I do to help him overcome this, and how do I find out what caused it?

FEARS: It is common for a young child to have fears and imaginations. Perhaps he has a bad deam that you are not aware of. There's a lot of assurance and care for him to tell you later. Meanwhile, make him comfortable that you are always by his side to help him. ...Read more

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How can I get my infant to stop crying whenever I put him down?

How can I get my infant to stop crying whenever I put him down?

It's OK to let cry.: If there is no other reason for the crying that needs to be treated, then it is definitely ok, and actually recommended to let him cry. You are the parent, and your child needs to learn at an early age that he cannot manipulate you. Trust me, you will be much happier in the long run, and your child will be better able to adapt to different situations. ...Read more

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