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How To Keep An Autistic Child From Running Away
Autism: The autistic spectrum has many different presentations. Talk to your pediatrician, medications can help, in some cases, especially for the anxiety and meltdowns. There are also classes on how to work with these children. The school system will help, also. Special Ed teachers are specially trained. Try to keep to a schedule, change is very difficult. Get yourself some support, too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No, not true: A child who is growing fine, developing skills on time, interacting with other people, emotionally nice to be with, and smiles happily is likely normal. Such a child may point or not point, but it shouldn't matter, as the rest of his life looks normal. However, if a child has several odd traits or behaviors, and one of those behaviors is "not pointing", then he might (not must) be autistic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not intentionally: Often children with autism spectrum do not understand social interaction. What may seem normal to them may seem aggressive to another. Often they do not understand their own strength. Often they explode with frustration rather than talk something out. These issues need to be part of behavioral therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many are aggressive : But not all. Here is an excellent resource on the issue. I live with my grandson who is 6 years old and has autism. He seems to get aggressive if he does not understand why he is being told " no." www.Autism.Com/index.Php/treating_tips video presentation: addressing challenging behaviors: strategies for tantrumming, aggression, self-injury, and food refusal- presented by melissa olive, phd, bcba-d. ...Read more
In general,: As long as the growth and physical development are normal, yes, leave them alone. ...Read more
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