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CW Autism Parent Fact Sheet 2015


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CW Autism Parent Fact Sheet 2015

  1. 1. The five basic strategies to communicate with a child who has autism: Sight – Most children with autism are hypersensitive to lights. Certain lights and patterns can induce a seizure very easily. Hearing – A simple noise can cause a child with autism to have a meltdown easily. Watch their body languages around noise. Touch - Touching for children with autism can feel very painful and they may experience this feeling most of the time. Smell – Autistic children have an intense sense of smell. If you can smell it, most likely they can smell it 10 times stronger. Taste- Whether the food is good or bad, autistic children may amplify their own preference. These are the five basic senses that everyone uses, a child with autism just uses and reacts to them differently. Parents may not understand what autism is and what causes it. Autism is one of the most common developmental disabilities. The characteristics of Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms can be mild or severe and interfere with everyday tasks. It affects how a person behaves, interacts with others, communicates, and learns. People with autism have differences in the way their brains develop and process information. Autistic children with autism may have difficulty understanding verbal and non-verbal communication, have difficulties with social interaction, show repetitive behaviors, or have obsessive interests. These behaviors can range from mild to disabling. As a parent you do not want to believe your child may have a mental disorder, but catching this disorder early can make a huge difference to reduce the effects and help your child to grow, learn, and thrive. Tennessee State University An Outreach Education Program, Serving Limited Resource Individuals, Families and Communities Autism Christina Weathers Undergraduate at Tennessee State University Child Development Fact Sheet 4HY-1 Understanding autism and how to communicate and interact is an important factor. Many children with autism (ASD) are delayed in language development and shy away from using speech. Therefore, other methods of communication can be used to establish speech and language will follow.
  2. 2. Signs ofautism may include:  Trouble interacting, playing with, or relating to others.  Little or brief eye contact with others.  Unusual or repetitive movements, such as hand flapping, rocking, or tapping.  Delays in developmental milestones or loss of already- achieved milestones.  Difficulties learning in school.  Playing with toys in ways that seem odd or repetitive.  Low muscle tone, clumsiness, and poor spatial awareness. Dealing with a child who has this disorder can be devastating, stressful, and overwhelming to a family. The responsibility and commitment of a parent with an autistic child requires an immense amount of dedication, energy, and time. However, a family with an autistic child can cope and adjust to meet the needs of the family and the child. For information on autism, please visit these helpful resources and organizations. Autism Society of America 1.800.3AUTISM (1.800.328.8476) Autism Speaks 888-AUTISM2 (288-4762) Exploring Autism Information in English and Spanish. National Autism Center 1.877.313.3833 ndex.php OAR | Organization for Autism Research First Signs Here are six ideas to help families adjust living with an autistic child. 1. Accept help from family and friends. It is difficult to ask for help sometimes. Allowing people to help you may relieve stress or the feeling of being overwhelmed to help you be a better parent, partner, and person. 2. Be honest about what you need. Being honest allows people to understand your situation and gives the people who care about you the opportunity to help you. 3. Create a list of needs. Creating a list of needs can help others to help you and sign up for duties that best fit their skills and schedules. 4. Enlist other caregivers. Giving others the responsibility to care for your child with special needs can help your child develop the resilience and adaptability that every child deserves to learn, regardless of overall health. 5. Consider home health care. Some insurance companies will cover the cost of in-home health aid or care to assist your child. These services may be available to you and your child if you are eligible. 6. Seek Companionship. Seeking help does not mean you want someone to do everything for you. It can be hard to manage life and the responsibilities of having a child with autism. Taking time to connect and laugh with others can help free you from your common worries. References 1. American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition – Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR). Washington, DC: American PsychiatricPublishing, Inc., 2000. 2. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Instituteof Child Health and Human Development, NIH, DHHS. Rett Syndrome. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, NIH-06-5590, 2006. 3. Melinda Smith, M.A., Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., and Ted Hutman, Ph.D (UCLA Center for Autism Research & Treatment). September 2015. 4. 5. Autism varies in its severity and symptoms. Sometimes these symptoms may go unrecognized. Most children can be diagnosed with autism by the age of three.