Category Archives: Behavioral Modification
Autism is a very intricate and complicated disorder. There are a lot of unanswered questions, but one thing we do know is that there are many different forms of Autism, and the disorder affects each and every single child differently. Someone once said “If you’ve met one child with Autism, then you’ve met one chid with Autism.” Even though the disorder leaves many things to be learned, researchers are working harder than ever to find out more about Autism and what causes it. For it is only then that we can start tackling even better treatments. Something that researchers and doctors are looking into is to what exact level of a role that the brain plays in Autism, more specifically, the Frontal Lobe.
Many children who have Autism also are deficient in Vitamin D. However, instead of obtaining supplements, some doctors say that the suggested dosages are too high. Who is right? Who is wrong?
As it relates to autism, stimming is a repetitive body movement that self- stimulates one or more senses in a regular pattern. Stimming is one of the symptoms listed for autism dianosis although it is also observed in about 10% of young children without autism. Also, many children with autism exhibit no stimming behaviour. Common forms of stimming among autistic individusals include hand flapping, body spinning or rocking, lining up or spinning toys or other objects, repeating sounds, etc.
Stimming can result from a variety of causes. We don’t know for certain why stimming is so common, the most popular theory is that it helps to regulate sensory input. Stimming helps the individual to block out any uncomfortable sensory input such as noise, light, etc. – and allows the person to experience the sensations they crave. Changes in the diet may help to improve stimming in some cases.
Although stimming behaviors in children with autism are very common, the good news is that many of these behaviors can be minimized if the underlying causes are addressed and corrected. As these excessive body motions are reduced, children become more teachable and responsive to their therapies, therefore improving autism dramatically.…
Parents often ask us what they can be doing at home to help their child with autism learn and develop. We’re so glad you asked! The worst thing parents can do is to allow their autistic child to spend all their time alone playing with the same toy and not interacting with anyone else. By having tools to use at home to foster meaningful and consistent interaction families with ASD children can really see an improvement in their quality of life.
There is a lot of confusion when it comes to recognizing the difference between autism and Asperger’s Disorder. As a parent or caregiver, you may be wondering if they are the same or similar conditions. Don’t be ashamed to not understand the difference as many medical professionals have difficulty determining a clear line between the two conditions.
Often, Asperger’s Disorder is described as a less severe version of autism or a high-functioning form of autism. Children with Asperger’s have the desire to fit in and have interaction with others, but lack the social skills to do so easily. They have excellent language skills, but their speech patterns may be unusual and may be hard for them to understand concepts such as humor or irony. They sometimes lack the ability to pick up on social cues that come naturally to others, like how to interpret body language or how to engage in a conversation. Most with Asperger’s possess average or above average intelligence.
Autistic individuals may play in a way that is considered odd and show obsessive attachments to certain objects. They may act as if they are deaf, ignore verbal cues, repeat certain words over and over again, or be entirely non-verbal. There is a tendency to throw tantrums, shake, flap or move their bodies in odd ways and laugh or cry for what seems like no reason. In those who are verbal, a lack of ability to start a conversation is often evident.
The main difference between these two may be that children with autism have language impairment, whereas children with Asperger’s syndrome do not. However, children with Asperger’s syndrome may have difficulty with the attributes of language, such as making eye contact, initiating conversations, or maintaining conversations. Also, these children don’t have deficits in cognitive skills, whereas some …