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What are some tips to caring for autistic children?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree

In brief: Evidence-based

Intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy (aba, the denver model) 25-40 hours/wk works best.
A child with autism won't understand why he should follow your agenda; ignore non-compliance & protests. Say, "sit down. Look at me, " tapping your temple, before teaching. Focus on joint attention, a precursor for communication. Ipad autism apps may be useful, but face -to-face time is best.

In brief: Evidence-based

Intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy (aba, the denver model) 25-40 hours/wk works best.
A child with autism won't understand why he should follow your agenda; ignore non-compliance & protests. Say, "sit down. Look at me, " tapping your temple, before teaching. Focus on joint attention, a precursor for communication. Ipad autism apps may be useful, but face -to-face time is best.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Diet, remove toxins

Many autistic children do improve on a gluten free casein free diet.
Many have improvement in their bowels and/or speech. Cod liver oil helps for many as do probiotics . Some respond to B12 injections as well, which you need to discuss with your physician. I have had many improve with chinese medicine as well. www.rneubrander.com is a good website for B12 information.

In brief: Diet, remove toxins

Many autistic children do improve on a gluten free casein free diet.
Many have improvement in their bowels and/or speech. Cod liver oil helps for many as do probiotics . Some respond to B12 injections as well, which you need to discuss with your physician. I have had many improve with chinese medicine as well. www.rneubrander.com is a good website for B12 information.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics

In brief: Lower expectations

You need to be aware of your child's difficulties.
Do not challenge them as they will have a meltdown. Autistic children often have sensory overload which may include tactile or auditory sensitivity. Understand boundaries. Emphasize their strengths and enroll them in an appropriate educational program which will probably include aba therapy.

In brief: Lower expectations

You need to be aware of your child's difficulties.
Do not challenge them as they will have a meltdown. Autistic children often have sensory overload which may include tactile or auditory sensitivity. Understand boundaries. Emphasize their strengths and enroll them in an appropriate educational program which will probably include aba therapy.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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