Scientists at the University of Missouri found that children with autism share certain facial features that distinguish them from other children. How do children with autism differ from those without the disorder? Social behaviors, mostly – things like avoiding eye contact or ignoring tone of voice. But recent research has shed light on a more subtle difference – facial features. The diagram below is a face study by author and anatomy professor Dr. Kristina Aldridge, mapped 17 points to calculate facial traits.
Chris was a 2-year-old toddler, who had a normal life as an infant and seemed to have crossed his early milestones adequately. However, he would not respond to his name being called, and would sit hours together lining up his toys in order of size. He would get agitated if someone or something disrupts the order. Slight changes would be extremely stressful and lead to outbursts, of crying or head banging. A visit to the doctor opened up a whole new world of ASD to Rohan’s parents.
14-year-old Max excelled the language classes and already had a blog where he wrote about topics that interested him...
Parents can’t want their children struggle. For parents of children with autism, there are ways to help your child learn social skills, though. The work often starts in a therapy session, but it does not stop there. With the right understanding and practice, you can play a major role in your child’s education. Start with the basics — just as your child will.
Parents of children with autism will have a very different parenting experience. The good thing is that the medical profession is tirelessly bring forward resources and materials to help both parents and healthcare professionals to deal with this situation better but it is also important to note that there are some prevailing myths that make it very uncomfortable for parents. This is an attempt to separate fact from fiction so you will have a clearer vision about your future.
It goes without saying that teenage is a challenging period in the lives of both parents and children. However, parents of children with autism face some special challenges and it is important to learn how to deal with this. Although every child is different, here are some ideas that will help you to get started.
Sanjay Shah, founder of Autism Rocks, turned to philanthropy three years after his youngest son Nikhil was diagnosed with autism. He admits it took him some time to understand what autism really is, and how best to deal with it as a parent. He believes that each new school year comes with a range of emotions for any parent, and that the most dominant of these emotions can often be anxiety. Below are Sanjay Shah’s tips for reducing parental anxiety and setting your child up for success.
Potty training children with autism is one of the early challenges that parents have to deal with. Fortunately, a lot of research has been done on this and there are quite a few resources available to help parents to train their children. However, home training is still important and these tips will help you to deal with the potty training difficulties you usually face.
It helps to be creative when you’re teaching students with autism. People on the spectrum think out of the box and if you do too, you will get great results. Throw all your old tactics out of the window and get a new perspective. Often, people with autism have very specific interests. Use these interests as motivators. If you’re teaching reading comprehension and students are bored with a story about Miss Mavis, make up your own story about dinosaurs, baseball statistics or any other topic your students enjoy. Act things out as often as you can.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neuro-developmental disorder that is characterized by repetitive behavior, difficulty in social situations, trouble communicating verbally and non-verbally, and compromised motor coordination.
Even though there is no cure, autism symptoms can be eased through diet; specifically a diet staying away from gluten and dairy.
Each student identified with autism spectrum disorder has his or her own distinctive strengths and challenges. While this individuality should be celebrated and nurtured, it is often the very thing that leaves both professionals and parents at a loss for how to best facilitate development of skills, including those in the area of communication. As a speech-language pathologist (SLP) with over 10 years’ experience in the public schools, I have found the following tips to be very helpful when working with all students with ASD, no matter their skill level: