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How Do I Stop My Autistic Childs Humming
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
....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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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