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Post by Noods on Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:13 am

Hi guys, we just found out that our 4 year old has Autism. We have started the ball rolling with getting help from specialists and her starting at school. Any prayers would be awesome. Cheers.
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Post by Andreas89 on Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:50 am

Praying for you. Autism is a subject that's very close to my heart. My father and youngest brother have autism, and by sort of denying it, things have gone quite wrong when it comes to faith and things like career, planning, money management etc.

So it's great that you guys are acknowledging his autism and are not afraid to seek help in this case.

I'm praying that you may receive calmness, patience, empathy (which is difficult but possible for people who don't have autism) and above all, love.
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Post by Noods on Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:53 am

Awesome cheers heaps. Looks like our 9 year old might be diagnosed with it also. He was tested years ago and they thought he didn't have it because he gets along with others fine, but lately he's been showing real signs. Cheers again for the prayers.
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Post by Warzawa on Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:17 pm

This is a topic that hits home for me as well, my 3 year old daughter has been diagnosed and I suspect I am on the spectrum as well. I still try to come to grips with it at times and other times I accept it , my daughter has made so much progress with the developmental workers. So its good you guys are getting the ball going on it.
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Post by alldatndensum on Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:45 pm

I also have a soft spot for autistic people.  I have worked in a special needs classroom in a local high school for just a little over 7 years.  Most of my students are autistic.  I also have some cerebral palsy and other developmental delay, but the majority of my students are lower functioning autistic.

It is trying.  It is challenging.  It is also rewarding working with these guys and girls.  While we do a lot to work with them on behavior, they teach me more daily about how to love difficult people.  They can test your patience day in and day out.  But, they will also steal your heart quickly.

So, for those of you dealing with one or more autistic children, I feel your pain.  For seven years and 7 hours a day, I have 10.  Six are autistic, two are CP, and the other two are developmentally delayed and have seizure disorders.  I've watched some of these teens literally grow up and cry buckets every time one of them ages out of our program.
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Post by Warzawa on Tue May 14, 2019 8:00 am

I've learned alot about myself by having my daughter when it comes to Autism, I feel blessed that her case is not as severe as others but still is draining and sometimes a day to day battle and sometimes its not.
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Post by alldatndensum Yesterday at 7:26 am

Here are a few pieces of advice for you who are dealing with autistic kids from my observations working with them.

1.  Do NOT tell them no!  I don't mean spoil them.  Just find creative ways to tell them they have to wait, or spend time explaining why they can't do something. Some of my kids can't speak but they understand us quite well.  If an autistic child gets violent, the saying of the word no when they want something can get you smacked.

2.  Use social stories to help fix bad behaviors.  A social story is something you read to them daily that has pictures to help explain what you want them to do or not do.  It could be for something as simple as showering and brushing their teeth daily to something more demanding like playing with their private parts in a public setting.  We have used them in class with great successes.

3.Life is going to throw you curveballs and your family schedule will change.  When you know a change is coming (like an outing or a vacation), prepare the autistic child well in advance.  Talk about it.  Practice packing and unpacking.  Practice only taking one or two toys.  If you wait until the last second, you will have bigger and longer outbursts.  The outbursts is what you want to controlnot encourage.

4.  Be patient.

5.  Don't be afraid to ask for help every once and a while to have someone watch your kid sometimes so that you can get a much needed break.

6.  Do not expect the schools to "fix" your child.  We can help with a lot of things, but they only work if you are doing them at home.  I have a sophomore that the parents want US to potty train him but they are not working with him on that at home.  How do they expect this to work if we all aren't on the same page?  We have had parents that wanted their non-verbal student to be taught to read and do higher math.  Accept your child for who they are, know their capabilities, and push them where you know they can excel.  If you know they can't grasp a subject, then push for passing.

7.  Pick your battles.  Are they showing some bad behavior?  Is that behavior something you need to correct, or will ignoring it make it go away?  Save the showdowns on correcting bad behavior for things that you must control and learn to give them some space when it really doesn't matter.  That will save you from dealing with outbursts and help your autistic child trust you more.  Trust me--we do this at school daily.
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