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My 3-year-old is not speaking but pointing

As I'm sure your OT and SLP have told you, there's a lot of natural variability in when kids hit language milestones, and late language emergence is not always cause for concern. Your child --- with ...
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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 am not sure there is an actual "problem" here. I might be biased on the topic though because my son was only two when he asked me to stop stealing his hair (his explanation of having had his hair ...
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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?

Kids are kids and love to explore the world. Let him both dress up as a soldier and paint his nails. No big deal, most of us did. Do not look bothered / worried / overinterested whatever a kid will ...
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How to convince a young child with ASD to begin ADHD medicine?

We couldn't wait any longer. Our daughter confronted us about why we wanted her to make her take "happy pills" and that it was silly to expect someone to be happy all the time. I told her that whoever ...
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Is my child autistic?

If anything, it's not the diagnosis you should be concerned about, but the underlying condition and the specific problems it presents to the child. The sooner you have your son diagnosed, the better ...
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What kind of bottle can I use to make a heavy duty sensory calm down bottle?

Try PET preforms These things get inflated like baloons to produce PET bottles we usually see. They're food-safe, transparent, pretty heavy-duty and cheap. You can order them in surplus to experiment ...
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What strategies can I teach my (autistic) child to deal with another child who winds him up?

Perhaps for a time you should supervise their play. Don't let them be alone together. This way you can see the way they interact with each other. It might be that both are doing whatever is annoying ...
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Activities to Distract from Stimming

Firstly, no "distracting" activities will help him "outgrow" what is potentially ASD. If your son has ASD, he will not outgrow it. You need to know that no matter what you do it is ...
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My 3-year-old is not speaking but pointing

I used to do this; teach him sign language so that you can communciate better. Make the sounds of the words as you sign. Signing isnt hard to learn at a basic level - get a book from amazon. My two ...
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Mindfulness Meditation for 6 year old with ADHD, ASD

I taught special needs students, including autistic students for over 30 years. We did yoga and meditation to varying degrees of success every day. We started with 30 seconds of meditation -- yoga ...
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My 3 years old daughter doesn’t talk to teacher

This sounds like anxiety manifesting as situational mutism. Formerly called "selective mutism," situational mutism is a stress response akin to freeze (as in fight, flight, freeze, fawn, ...
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How to convince a young child with ASD to begin ADHD medicine?

I was ADHD inattentive and did not receive medication for it (story for another time, but I am passed that now). My wife is ADHD inattentive and she may be mild ASD, and she started her medication as ...
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How can I teach my 5 year old son to understand boundaries?

Arno gave some solid advice already, but I'm going to add to it from my own experiences as a child tutor and single mother to my 4-year-old son, and the advice I've received from multiple trusted ...
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optimal way to handle autistic child's aggression against sibling?

The best way to deal with autistic meltdowns in a young child is to avoid them as much as you can. Get ahead of the problem by redirecting her away from the upsetting situation as soon as she starts ...
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Worried sick about 3YO and aspergers

Not a parent, not a psychologist or anything. But i've shown signs of asperger since i was a young child as well. In the textual record of my school behaviour even in the first grades, i can still see ...
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Autistic child constantly mobbed by other children - what can be done?

I have two children with autism and spent years in autism, LD, you name it special education classrooms as a parent volunteer. I also have one not autistic child. You son may need need a smaller ...
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How can I teach my 5 year old son to understand boundaries?

This is from personal experience growing up as "probably somewhat on the spectrum but not enough to be diagnosed with something", and talking with other people in simular circumstances. ...
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potty training sibling of an autistic child

At the age of your son (2.5 yo), it is not uncommon that children occasionally have a regression in their development, especially if there is a major change in their lives. Resume potty training with ...
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How to help our autistic 13-year-old-son who has a withholding issue and gets senna?

I taught autistic students for 30+ years, and I hesitate to give you advice. These kids are so individual that there is no 'one size fits all' solution. We found that not only was there discomfort ...
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What kind of bottle can I use to make a heavy duty sensory calm down bottle?

My best suggestion is an "unbreakable" plastic (reusable) water bottle. These can be either rigid or somewhat flexible. Rigid will probably last longer, but it really depends on how hard your son ...
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What do I tell my child about her Asperger autism?

The first important thing is obviously to move the tone of the conversation from "What is wrong with me?" to "In what ways am I different from neurotypical people?". The latter ...
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Worried sick about 3YO and aspergers

I have a child with a neurological difference (Tourette Syndrome and ADHD; he is 13 now). When we figured it out and got the official diagnosis, it was really helpful, because (1) it enabled us to ...
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Worried sick about 3YO and aspergers

Don't be worried - be glad it'll be found soon if it's there! I'm a woman on the spectrum, and I wasn't diagnosed until I was 22! If I had been diagnosed sooner, I probably wouldn't have had to have ...
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How do I get my 3 year old son to wear his prescription glasses?

I don’t have personal experience with getting kids to wear eyeglasses, and I’m not familiar with the “most common methods” of getting them to wear glasses, but I recently had some trouble getting my 7 ...
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Worried sick about 3YO and aspergers

My daughter (2 1/2y) has it, and the sooner the better for intervention. Her speech was very delayed and we started teaching her sign language to defuse frustration, but then she was doing full "four ...
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I'm worried my son may have autism

It's very difficult to tell with a child that age, because many very young children display traits such as most of the ones you describe, and the majority of them grow out of them. Nevertheless it's ...
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I'm worried my son may have autism

It is not for anyone here to diagnose your child, but it is enough that you are alarmed and upset for you to seek help. Talk with your doctor. When ours was diagnosed at 3 we were told that autism was ...
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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 know this post is old, but I really hope you, or someone like you, reads this and understands the importance of getting a diagnosis. If your son has autism, whether it be mild or severe, they NEED a ...
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How to convince a young child with ASD to begin ADHD medicine?

It may be that you've left out key details from your description, but it sure sounds like you're rushing into this. Psychotropic medication should be a last resort, not a first one. Maybe your ...
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How can I emphasize to my children the importance of developing social skills?

In reality most of the world does not care for hard work I very much doubt that's true. Just like not everyone is beautiful, and not everyone is socially adept, not everyone is capable of being a ...
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