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Comment on Causes of Inflexibility by BOOK CLUB: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time « STEPHANIE NANNEN

Sun, 09 Mar 2014 21:24:20 +0000

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Comment on Holiday Blues by Summer Holidays May Upset People with SPD | Uplift Blog | CaringBridge

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:10:49 +0000

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Comment on Fantasy World by Shari

Wed, 28 Nov 2012 02:31:02 +0000

We have a student who for several weeks, tells us details about his pet dog. He does not have a dog as we found out later. Last week he told us about a trip he took with friends. Again, not true. Any suggestions?

Comment on Resisting Toilet Training by margie ferguson

Sat, 17 Nov 2012 01:38:54 +0000

Does anyone know how to toilet train an adult with autism or know of any sites that may help. I have an adult patient with this problem and the family is really struggling with this. The patient is toileted every hour yet is incontinent in between time. The patient wears a brief. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

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Fri, 23 Apr 2010 19:28:23 +0000

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Comment on Processing Delay by Cathy

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 03:10:35 +0000

Gretchen - Moms certainly have an extraordinarily close tie with their kids and an uncanny intuition about needs. Sometimes that concern can seem overly cautious to others, like husbands, teachers, etc. :-) I'm glad to hear you find our podcasts helpful. I just speak from my heart after having spent time for over 35 years with lots of individuals with autism - toddlers, teens, adults. I've known some of my friends for several decades, so I see the long-term impact of different strategies and approaches. I welcome your input about any glitch or solution or idea you come up with. Just send a message to I look forward to hearing from you! + Cathy

Comment on Moderating Obsessions by Cathy

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 02:26:05 +0000

let me know how that works for you, Jenn. Several of my friends with autism have responded well to this "visual hint." :-)

Comment on Processing Delay by Gretchen

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 17:42:34 +0000

I googled sportsmanship and I am so happy to have found this website. My son has PDD NOS. He's 6. His symptoms are mild, but concerning. It has been so difficult to find answers to my questions, because he functions so well. People tend to brush me off because he does so well (his Kinder teacher, my mother, my husband). My pediatrician and his DK teacher agreed with me that I should be concerned. I have been looking for websites or books or a certain psychologist to help me with those glitches that come up. I started reading articles here and am crying for joy. This is so helpful and exactly what I have been looking for. Thanks for the tips on sportsmanship and on how to find joy each hour. I've been doing that each day, but you are right, I really need to do it each hour! Our lives will be much richer! Also, the processing delay article was helpful too!

Comment on Moderating Obsessions by Jenn

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 15:20:20 +0000

I love this idea w/ the flip cue card! I am going to try it!

Comment on Resisting Toilet Training by Cathy

Wed, 04 Nov 2009 06:28:58 +0000

Hello, Carol. I do not have literature or research on the subject readily available. Some parents of my students with autism have encountered similar issues. Some have chosen to proceed with circumcision and others have chosen not to do so. Most made their decisions based on consultation with their medical doctors about the pros and cons. Because the broad range in autism of abilities related to self-care and hygiene, it is often difficult to predict a person's ability to take care of personal needs, or their interest in personal care.

Comment on Resisting Toilet Training by Carol

Tue, 03 Nov 2009 15:24:18 +0000

My son and daughter-in-law made the decision not to have my grandson circumcised even before he was born. Then, shortly after his first birthday, he was diagnosed with autism. He will soon be four. My son is looking ahead at what it will be like when he is older trying to clean and properly take care of his hygene. He thinks my grandson should be circumcised now. The daughter-in-law is still against it. However, she is willing to listen or read about the advantages of having this procedure done. I am not a advocate of having every boy circumcised, but in his case, I believe it should be done and the sooner the better. Do you have any literature or facts on the subject? Thank you, Carol

Comment on Matter of Degree by Mary Fletcher Jones

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 11:34:14 +0000

I agree and this is how I determine whether the behaviors associated with autism need to be addressed: is it getting in my son's way (now or in the future)? Is it interfering with what he wants to do, or with reaching his full potential? Is it dangerous to himself, or to others? Does it interfere with his learning, or that of others? Or is it annoying me to the point where my quality of life is compromised significantly? And there is always the question of degree, and how important the behavior is to the child. For example, my son likes to flick things. He has told me how important it is to him to be able to do that. I can usually find a socially appropriate way to allow him to flick or just give him time to do that. But sometimes, I really want him to do an activity with me and I need his hands, like mixing batter, if we're making cookies. If I'm feeling frazzled that day or I'm trying to concentrate on driving, I don't have a problem asking him to stop asking me questions. But I explain why, and tell him that I will listen later. But with eloping, which was more serious and had to be stopped, I invested a lot of time and energy into teaching him safe ways to behave and keeping him safe until he stopped the behavior entirely.

Comment on Selective Ignoring by cathy

Thu, 08 Oct 2009 01:54:45 +0000

Hey, Karen. Toileting issues cause SUCH huge headaches, especially as our kids get older. And when we add the issue of seemingly purposeful accidents, it can be SO frustrating. So many of my friends with autism have had issues with bowel movements. I have some ideas, but too long to write here. Send me an e-mail . Also, since several questions like your have come in just this week, We'll post some podcasts on about toileting issues.

Comment on Selective Ignoring by Karen

Wed, 07 Oct 2009 23:31:32 +0000

I am at my wits end with my teenage Autistic son, it appears that he has bowel movements in the toliet when he feel like it. For days in a row he will go in the toliet, then he will go in his diaper, then he will go what seems like on purpose on the floor. Do anyone have any suggestions on why or what intervention I can utilize? Thanks

Comment on Dangerous Actions 3 by Cathy

Wed, 07 Oct 2009 22:07:56 +0000

Thanks for your insights and ideas, Mary. This is a tough road for lots of folks, especially since some individuals with autism struggle with these issues for many years in spite of the most diligent and patient families, teachers, and therapists. And some people move past one issue, only to dive into another. Ahhh...the complexities of life!

Comment on Dangerous Actions 3 by Mary Fletcher Jones

Wed, 07 Oct 2009 13:01:28 +0000

This was an issue for my child for ages 2 through about 7 or 8. Eloping, destructive behavior, in the beginning some aggression...I thought it would always be like that but he seemed to turn a corner -- or maybe all those interventions started to work -- and the past 3 years have been dramatically better. Sensory sensitivities were a big trigger for him -- Xmas tree lights, the sound of motorcycles. In one grocery store, the sound of the cash registers was intolerable, but he was fine in another grocery store. We learned to work around it and he seemed to build up a tolerance for them over time. We took baby steps. Removing him from a medication that was supposed to calm him but turned out to be activating also worked wonders. I am not anti-med, but in my child's case, I find many Rx have the opposite effect on him. High-dosage vitamins can also cause problems. I think parents should consider the impact of medications when behavior is severe. The one thing that worked best was a calm, patient and understanding attitude, and a willingness to take the child and his needs seriously.

Comment on No School Friends by Lola

Wed, 16 Sep 2009 12:02:35 +0000

Now that Jake "works" at the hospital he wants people to acknowledge him by saying "Hi" and thats all. No conversation, just "Hi Jake" and move on. Interesting.

Comment on Field Trips 1 by FAQautism | Field Trips 2

Fri, 17 Jul 2009 03:23:35 +0000

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Comment on Semi-Independent Living by Muge Celik

Thu, 02 Jul 2009 14:19:16 +0000

Dear Cathy; my only concern is independent living for my son. he is just 10 years old and asperger. i am hoping he will be able to live byhimself when he became adult. but still life has suprises if i die before he become adult what is gonna happen to him. that always make me worried. as a single mom i can not help myself not to think that way. thank you for your daily tips. i am trying to read often. thanks for being with us and sharing. love, Muge

Comment on Processing Delay by Desiree

Tue, 30 Jun 2009 20:36:28 +0000

My 8 yr old Daughter is very articulate however she has trouble forming questions or answering them. I see her struggling to put it all together.