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FAQautism: Episodes

11
Sep
2008
5:16 mins
Because autism affects several areas of functioning that have a big impact on daily life, caregivers can feel swamped. Family members, teachers, therapists, and others interested in the well-being of an individual diagnosed with autism are often helping with communication skills, social skills, sensory ...
10
Sep
2008
5:16 mins
The spectrum of autism is extremely vast, making it difficult, if not impossible, to develop a single overarching philosophy for the best way to approach education or daily care giving or job training or other strategies. Take a look at three young people diagnosed with autism, noticing the similarities ...
09
Sep
2008
5:52 mins
Lunchtime can be very challenging for individuals with autism for a variety of reasons. Whether dealing with sack lunches or cafeteria lines at school or work, people with autism must consider special dietary needs, food allergies and sensitivities, and the perfect match of routine and variety. It is ...
08
Sep
2008
3:49 mins
Society generally expects eye contact. When we speak to someone, we want to connect, and we tend to use eye contact as a measure of that connection. Teachers, supervisors, parents, and even friends gauge the level of our attention by our eye contact. This social norm presents a problem in the lives of ...
07
Sep
2008
5:12 mins
Not a very polite topic, but more and more teens and adults with autism as well as families of individuals with autism have begun sharing concerns and thoughts about toileting issues.
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For example, one family is excited about finally helping their pre-teen son graduate ...
04
Sep
2008
5:12 mins
An informal conversation with parents, teachers, and business people yielded a list of basic job skills that lead to successful employment. Even individuals who require a job coach in order to be successful benefit from learning skills that allow as much independence as possible on the job. The focus ...
A mom of a fifth grader with autism is concerned. Her daughter is either unable or unwilling to follow directions at school and at home. Mom isn’t certain if her daughter is purposefully ignoring the directions or if she is distracted. Is she being stubborn or lazy, or is she inattentive or unmotivated? ...
02
Sep
2008
4:24 mins
When our friends with autism are angry or upset, our responses can actually escalate emotions and cause misbehaviors. All of us tend to respond abruptly, loudly, with too many words when a person needs correction or guidance. Sometimes it is better to respond quietly and calmly, even when we feel like ...
01
Sep
2008
4:35 mins
Sometimes individuals with autism are inattentive to people around them. For a school-aged child, the inattention translates to a failure to notice the unwritten “social cues” that help kids know how to participate successfully in routines at school. So, for example, most 5-year-old children notice ...
28
Aug
2008
5:01 mins
The debate about home-schooling youngsters with autism has vocal advocates on both sides of the fence. Just as with the public school debate, I humbly submit that, because of the vast spectrum of autism and broad differences in family situations, it is inappropriate to make blanket statements such as ...
27
Aug
2008
5:51 mins
The debate about the pros and cons of public school education for individuals with autism has been raging for three decades. I humbly submit that, because of the vast spectrum of autism and the disparate needs of each individual, blanket statements such as, “The public schools have failed children ...
26
Aug
2008
4:35 mins
School starts this week for many youngsters with autism, so the stress level at home is escalating. Families are dealing with transition issues and new schedules and reports from school and all the other challenges that arise at the beginning of school. By suppertime, patience is scarce and the to-do ...
25
Aug
2008
5:17 mins
Many of my friends with autism are a bit lost during the first few weeks in a new school. Sometimes we assume that all students are soaking in the flood of information – school traditions, procedures, rules, and routines - presented to youngsters in an assembly on the first day of school.
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When classes start this fall, many teachers will encounter students with autism for the first time. What are the ABC’s of autism?
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1. Assumptions. Autism is a VAST spectrum with uneven manifestations of abilities and disabilities. For example, we would naturally assume ...
At the tender young age of three, youngsters with autism often embark on an exciting and challenging adventure: pre-school. By its very nature, pre-school requires youngsters to function in three different spheres – group time, free time, and transition from one to another. Each sphere requires different ...
20
Aug
2008
4:06 mins
A youngster with autism randomly shouts out when in church, libraries, or other quiet places. Another gets very agitated when standing in line at an amusement park, and begins pulling hair of anyone within arms reach. A young adult suddenly runs into the parking lot when she spots an exit door in a mall. [...]
Some folks just don’t like change. Some folks with autism HATE change! As summer comes to an end, and the first day of school approaches, some students with autism respond with temper outbursts, poor sleeping habits, and stubborn refusal to follow directions. Even youngsters who seem to like school ...
18
Aug
2008
5:28 mins
Sometimes we may have questions about a diagnosis or our intuition tells us that the experts did not hit a diagnosis on target. For example, a dad and grandmother both agree that it seems as if their daughter diagnosed with autism should also have been diagnosed with apraxia. What are their options in ...
Even if youngsters with autism get along pretty well in school, the transition to a new school can be challenging. For example, when moving from elementary to middle school, students are expected to listen to and remember about various procedures and rules given to an assembly of the whole student body ...
In some cases, the peculiar food preferences can compromise health or well-being. What are some strategies for helping picky eaters with autism change harmful habits?
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1. MONITOR DIET. If a youngster with autism has significant allergies to wheat products or dairy products, ...
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