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How To Calm Down An Autistic Child
Consistency: There are lots of non-medical things you can do to help a child with adhd. Schedules are important with these kids. Getting plenty of rest really helps. Setting up expectations as well as consequences is essential. Despite some parents best efforts this is not enough. You may wish to consult your doctor about further treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Trial and error: Different techniques work with different children. Some techniques that parents/guardians of my patients with asperger's have had success with include hand massages and taking a bath or a shower. I suggest involvement in a support group for caregivers of autistic spectrum children for more ideas. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Varies - Support Key: Severly autistic children can introduce high levels of stress into a home. It is extremely important that parents or other responsible adults seek out avenues of support and help in the community. Stress tends to increase in situations of isolation, so get whatever support you can to help in the situation. ...Read more
Depends on child: Some children may never acquire meaningful verbal language but the majority will but it is usually delayed. Those who who are not able to express themselves verbally may be able to communicate pictures. The ability to understand others may be present even though the ability to express themselves is delayed. Early intervention with speech and other modalities like music therapy is key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Structure: All kids are hyper. They all need to explore, and do things, play, run and get in trouble some how. Depending on the age of the child, keep him occupied, turn the tv off, engage him in different activities where he can run, jump and play. Kids learn when they play. If you have structure, kids know what comes next and they are less fidgety. Set limits and expectations, maybe not so hyper after. ...Read more
Pediatric neurology: Autism is a complicated condition that is not yet full understood. Many tactics have been used to deal with tantrums including a treats/rewards-based system, planned ignoring, counting, and even surgery. See a pediatric neurologist for further evaluation. http://www.autism-help.org/behavior-tantrums-aspergers.htm ...Read more
ABA Therapy provided: by Board Certified Behavioral Analysts really helps children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder +/- ADHD if parents learn & consistently use the behavioral techniques. Ask your son's Special Education teacher about www.autismspeaks.org/resource/kids-korner-autism-center. Also, see a Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician to look for genetic & other medical causes & manage medical & behavioral issues. ...Read more
I have an autistic son who has challenging behaviour, can you recommend something to calm for the flight?
Depends on age: Depending on the age of your son and the level of functioning the response may be completely different. Younger children may do well with a hug and some deep pressure to relax them and older children may do better if left alone or moved to another area that is safe to let them settle down on their own. A behavioral therapist can help you develop a response that works the best for you and your son. ...Read more
As Soon As Possible: Babies and toddlers brains are programmed to learn language. Regardless of language or culture, all babies and toddlers intuitively pick up language in the first few years of life. During early childhood, the brain is primed to pick up on the distinct sounds of different languages. Exposing your child to a second language early in their life makes it much easier for them to learn it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Giving Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to a child to make them sleep, what systems shuting down w/overdose?
For an assessment : of the child's developmental needs & toilet-training readiness, if < 3 yrs. old, call Pam Barton, Franklin County Help Me Grow Coordinator at (614) 227-9860. If 3-5 yrs. old, call Lynn Brannon, Director of Early Childhood Special Education at (614) 542-4106. At the same time, call (614) 355-8080 for an evaluation at the Down Syndrome Clinic, Nationwide Children's Hospital, (614) 355-8080. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cell- phone use:
Cell phones are the way of life now, sadly. But limit the cell use to texts or calls that are important ( pick uptime, plans etc) not for playing games or endless " group chats"
Explain to your child that talking to a friend is better than texting, and that lots get misinterpreted with texts so especially for important stuff, TALK in person ...Read more
Comforting routine: Although babies may understand being tired, they don't understand the concept of sleep. They drift into sleep like adults in a boring lecture. Your tiredness routein should focus on settling baby down and excluding harsh distractions. A little light can help baby be aware of their comfort place; soft background noise from a fan or radio turned low. Put them down awake & don't change anythiing. ...Read more
Coping Skills: Whether you have adhd or aspergers or both you will need coping skills to utilize when stressed or angered. I suggest you find a professional is familiar with the use of coping skills in your situation. They can help you find what skills you need. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the longest to let a 6.5 week old baby cry. I am struggling to get her to go down for sleep. And want her to learn to self soothe.?
10-15 minutes: I am old school. For the first 4 months, don't let her cry for more than 10-15 minutes. After 4 months they have established eating and often sleep patterns and start solids. Then it is ok to let them cry a little longer to learn to self- soothe. The first few months, responding to their needs fosters positive things like feeling safe, confident, cared for. Listen to your instincts too! ...Read more
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