Essential Ingredients to Maintaining a Successful Relationship: The ASD Edition

Autistic people are unique and interpret the world differently from other people. Their difference is most evident in their social interactions and ways of communication. Autistic people have their own language and implement systems that match them. If you are in contact with a child or adult who has been diagnosed with autism – ASD, it is important that you learn his / her language so that you can communicate with him and approach him in the right way.

In order to best address these problems of social interaction, it is necessary to clearly identify their nature. They have nothing to do with extreme timidity, nor are they the result of voluntary social withdrawal. The best way to understand is to observe the evolution of an adult completely.

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Autism and Safety: Recognition and Prevention

Universally parents worry about safety when it comes to their children. Those children on the autism spectrum are at a higher risk of being hurt, victimized or wandering off, to name a few concerns that are high on the list. Children and adults with autism seem to have a lower self-preservation ‘instinct’ built in, and their sensory processing does not work to protect them towards safety and crisis prevention.

Nonverbal children and teens are at higher risk of physical and sexual abuse because of their inability to talk back or protect themselves. The abuse rate for children with a developmental disability is 3.4 times the rate of typical children. Sexual predators very well recognize the opportunities for abuse with the nonverbal child who is many times more vulnerable. Predators know there is very little likelihood of their being caught as these victims either will not be able to communicate or they will not be believed. Therefore, the autistic person needs an adult who is present for a twenty-four hour support.

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Help Your Autistic Child with Reading Comprehension

Most people mistake reading comprehension with sight reading. The fact is, learning to read is a demanding process. Several complex cognitive functions are involved. It includes skills such as metacognition, visualization, drawing conclusions and navigating through information with personal experience. On the other hand, sight reading is characterized by decoding skills, phonetic and phonemic as well, which are usually strengths for students diagnosed with some form of autism.

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SMART TEACHING TIPS FOR TEACHERS OF AUTISITIC CHILDREN

Teaching students with autism how to be self-regulating is vital to their wellbeing.  While it’s enticing to help someone that’s struggling to close a zipper, it’s a much greater service to peacefully teach that person how to do it themselves.  People can be slow when they are learning a new skill until they become proficient.  Time is usually something we don’t have to spare, particularly in western societies.  However in order to help a person progress we must make time to show them the ropes.

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