Questions tagged [autism]

Questions about the autism spectrum disorders, for example Aspberger's Syndrome or autism. Applicable both for questions about parenting children with autism spectrum disorders, and also parenting with such a diagnosis.

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How do I get my 3 year old son to wear his prescription glasses?

I've heard, read and attempted all the most common and obvious solutions to getting your young child to wear their glasses. All of which resulted in failure. My son is 3 and it's his first pair of ...
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How best to help a language-delayed 3.5-year-old in a foreign language environment?

We are an English-speaking American family with 2 children, and have recently moved to Germany. The length of our stay is indefinite, and we've decided to try to integrate culturally and ...
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Why does my daughter smile and start to laugh at me when I am noticeably really angry at her?

My daughter is 11 years old and has been diagnosed with high functioning austism along with sensory processing disorder. I am a single father and have raised her alone since she was two years old. We ...
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How do I refresh my children's memory after long time of being away from me?

I have not seen my children since the beginning of October. There was no goodbye and they have moved to another city. They are 4 and 6 years old, both have mild autism, both non-verbal. What is the ...
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I'm worried my son may have autism [closed]

I have an 18-month-old son and some questions about possible autism. I had a complicated pregnancy: I had premature rupture of membranes and at 36 weeks I went for a check up and needed to have him ...
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At what age is autism typically diagnosed?

I suppose it depends on the severity of the condition, but I was wondering how normal it is to go through several years of school before a "problem" is noticed by parents and/or teachers or other ...
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How to help my 4-year-old focus on his tasks instead of zoning out?

My 4-year-old son is diagnosed with speech and a borderline case of autism (score was—29). Since 2 months ago he started to speak in sentences, tries to talk on his own and tries to explain what ...
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How can I keep my toddler from scratching himself when he is upset?

Whenever my toddler gets very upset or throws a fit, he has a tendency to rake his fingernails very hard across his face, often drawing blood. Currently one side of his face is covered with scratches ...
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How can you communicate with a child that refuses to talk?

I have a four year old son who has slight autism. Up until now he has babbled but never used any words associated with anything. We try to encourage him to talk by talking with him a lot, and we have ...
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How to help child with autism (Asperger's) through, and prevent meltdowns

My ex wife and I live 2000 miles away from each other. The children are with her. We have been separated for over seven years, divorce will be finalized in the upcoming months. My eldest has ...
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How to help my 4-year-old son, who pretends play to be a girl with long hair, develop a stronger identity?

I have a 4-year-old son, who is a high functioning autistic child. Since age 3 he began wearing his jacket over his head pretending it was his long hair. Recently, my Mom gave him a Halloween wig to ...
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How to help our autistic 13-year-old-son who has a withholding issue and gets senna?

We have a 13-year-old son with autism. He has withholding issues of poop. He is now under treatment with 15 ml x 3 a day accompanied with suppository, otherwise he won't go. I tried to give him food ...
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At which age does it make sense to see a professional when suspecting Asperger?

We noticed that our 3.5 year old child begins showing signs of Asperger. Each of these signs, by itself, could be explained with age, but in sum it appears noticeable. I'm not going to list the ...
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What do I tell my child about her Asperger autism?

My child has Asperger's syndrome. She is high-grade enough that she has been going through school and she speaks and sort of makes eye-contact, but it is clear to her and everyone that she is '...
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Autistic child constantly mobbed by other children - what can be done?

The autistic child (Asperger Syndrome, age: 12) is constantly mobbed by other children, both in school and on the way home. It includes calling him names, mocking, showing faces, pushing, threatening, ...
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Should we force our slightly-autistic son to have hobbies (other than “computer usage”) which will allow him to socialize more?

I have a 10-year-old son who is slightly autistic - he has an assistant with him at his school, but is intelligent enough. We are struggling to find a hobby that our son will enjoy and stick with. ...
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What strategies can I teach my (autistic) child to deal with another child who winds him up?

We have a group of friends that came about through having children the same age; so the children are friends and the parents are friends, and we hang out quite a bit. A couple of years ago, another ...
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Impact of moving to Germany with a stepson and a toddler with signs of autism

I live in the midwestern U.S. with my wife, my 8 year old stepson and our 2 year old son who shows signs of and is undergoing therapy for autism. The company I work for just offered to relocate us to ...
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How can I emphasize to my children the importance of developing social skills?

When I was a kid I was taught that hard work was all you needed to succeed in life financially. It was so drilled in my brain and "confirmed" by movies and several examples (see survivor's bias) that ...
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How to convince a young child with ASD to begin ADHD medicine?

Our 9 year old daughter is high functioning on the autism spectrum. We applied for an IEP after seeing some suspiciously low test scores at school. Her overall intelligence (as scored by two separate ...
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Worried sick about 3YO and aspergers

My daughter turned 3 in March. My wife has been her primary carer since birth. She attended daycare very briefly for 2 days/week shortly after she turned 2, but this only lasted a month or two as we ...
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Mindfulness Meditation for 6 year old with ADHD, ASD

I have a 6 year old boy with somewhat severe ADHD. He also has been diagnosed as being on the Autistic spectrum at a low level ( my sense is that the ASD symptoms are primarily driven by the ADHD ). ...
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Recommendations on helping a 4 year old with speech difficulty

It was recently suggested by our son's doctor that he be evaluated for signs of Autism due to certain tendencies he has such as an underdeveloped speech ability. We have the appointment scheduled ...
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What kind of bottle can I use to make a heavy duty sensory calm down bottle?

My boy is on the spectrum, he needs a sensory calm down bottle/jar. I have tried a ready made one but he broke that in no time as he loves to bash it on the floor in order for the glitter to mix. I ...
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Is my child autistic?

My son speaks 8 languages and is learning 5 more. He is not even yet able to interact socially with strangers and he switches languages whenever he feels uncomfortable, which is often. He also ...
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8 month infant does not smile [closed]

Is that normal? Or this may be a sign of autism?
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Our son is slightly autistic, Is it wise to have an indoor cat?

I never had an indoor cat, especially in the UK. I am familiar with their behavior as I had plenty of outdoor cats. My son is slightly autistic, I have no idea if it is advisable to have my boy and ...
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What should we be considering when adopting a sibling for our 4-year-old son?

I have been wanting to adopt a child for some time now, and my wife and I are now trying to arrange things in our life to make it possible, such as trying to get out of debt so we can afford it and ...
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How to handle a preschooler who hits?

My 4 year old son has autism and no verbal language, and a tendency to hit or scratch us (adults) when he gets frustrated. We try to tell him (with verbal language and signing) "no" or "stop", and ...
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Mission Impossible 6: Toilet training my daughter

Background My daughter recently turned 4. In December, she was diagnosed with autism. She is on the mild (verbal) end of the spectrum. She has communication and social issues, as well as some self ...
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How can I keep my autistic kid from making an unhygienic mess?

I have a four and a half year old boy with juvenile autism, almost no verbal language and intellectual disability. He doesn't understand the concept of going potty yet, and is still wearing diapers ...
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How to deal with kids who are bothering others

I recently had an experience that's very similar to the question asked here How should I inform parents if their children are bothering me? but this time from the other side. My kids are very noisy. ...
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Where are the majority of children on the Autism Spectrum?

Our doctor suspects our 2 year old daughter has Autism so we have booked her in for an official diagnosis and we are madly reading everything we can on the net. I can see under the DSM-IV Model that ...
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What can I do to get my 5 year old to have respect and self control?

During the last few months, I've been having a lot of concerns about my 5 year old son's behavior. I was a single mom and have been his main influence up until a little over a year ago. He was born ...
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Vaccination doesn't cause autism, but what does? [closed]

It is proven that vaccinations doesn't cause autism. But I read from various internet/documentary/newspaper sources which claim that they have personally witnessed their child showing signs of ...
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Receiving a new visitor who has autism

We are receiving new guests over the holidays. My brother has a new girlfriend who has two children. Her youngest, an 8-year-old boy, has "mild autism." I am not absolutely sure what that covers, and ...
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Good video games for an Autistic 5th grader to encourage social skills [closed]

Disclaimer: I realize that a lot of folks (including many professionals) think having autistic kids play games is moving them in the wrong direction (away from social interaction). The friend below,...
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How do we determine what school is best when a child is high performing on the Autism Spectrum (Aspergers)?

I have two children at primary school (5 and 7, primary school is from 4 to 11 in the UK) and there is a possibility of moving them both to a different school in the same area (we're not moving house)....
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Have there ever actually been any studies proving some immunizations cause autism? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the objective arguments against immunizations for infants and children? I have heard a lot about autism being caused by some immunizations, but haven't found any ...