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  2. Survey Help Please!

    Hi Holly, Thanks for sharing this. It's fine, I will also share on our Twitter account. 👍
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  4. How do you keep ontime?

    Nice suggestion there Suzanne! I would also suggest apps if you have a smartphone, there are many apps that could be helpful for time management. They also have timers and reminder notifications build into the scheduling apps to help keep you on task. Try this one for Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.auticiel.timein&hl=en And this one for IOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/multitimer-multiple-timers/id973421278?mt=8
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  6. How do I get a diagnosis for my child?

    Brilliant thank you!
  7. Hi all so today is international woman's Day 2018. Have a great day!
  8. Hi everyone!

    Thanks! Years please do, the more posts the better at this stage. 👍
  9. We are aiming to produce some awareness poster that anyone can use and promote.
  10. Challenging behaviour

    Beat me to it @amanda73 😉 In addition to the challenging behaviour foundation @Joanna you might want to look into antecedent control. This is looking at adjusting the environment to minimise and managing triggers. Positive behaviour support is also something to look at which is what CBF touch on in their information. Here is a good video that explains what it is.
  11. Stuttering

    I don't think it's actually related to Asperger's. My ex-step-dad used to stutter A LOT, more than anyone I've come across before & he didn't have an ASD. I tend to stutter when I'm nervous, speaking too fast, or confused, etc. Luckily, it's never been too bad & is now much better than it used to be but it still happens sometimes.
  12. Siblings get stressed too..!

    Hi, Katie. I sent you a private message. Hi Johnlee, Yes, Yoga is a good way of beating the stress. I personally find walking takes my stress away. If I am getting stressed with my brother I go out for long, long walks for hours and it is a great de-stressor. However, I get home and feel terrible that I was a coward and just left my mum to deal with the situation!
  13. What made you happy today?

    I thought it would be nice to have a thread where we can all draw upon things that have made us happy today. Its all to easy to get lost in the world of autism and forget to recognise the achievements we and our children have made. This thread is here for everyone to share their happy thought of the day or achievement. I will start by adding mine for today but am sure i will come and add more on other days. Today what made me happy was my son saying i love you so much daddy!
  14. violent children with autism

    Of five of my children four are affected with neuro-developmental biological disorders. All of them affected have had to be restrained, some were/are more violent than others. I have more than one within the spectrum. Two have aides in school. All four also have AD/HD as well as other co-morbid disorders. Not all of them are on medications, and for the ones that are they are not all on the same medications. I am also on Concert and Ritalin. AD/HD is a life-long disorder, but there can be variants as to the severity. One of my sons is on Dexedrine, two on Concerta. Sometimes there is what you call a rebound effect when the medication wears off, so not depending on the severity of the AD/HD (which is the inability to stop and think before you do something ) but rather the individual child and their response to their environment/mood/state are responsible. Not every child with AD/HD or having ASD's is aggressive, and not every agressive child has ADHD and/or ASD's. Not all of my children on meds are on the same anti-psychotics, either. What works for one child doesn't necessarily work for another. Being trained in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, due to my work in social services, I've experienced the same kind of lights on, lights off reactions in both the workplace and within my home environment. Sometimes you can figure out what some of the triggers are, other times they are not known and the agression is unexpected. I've experienced cases where it finally comes out later that is was something that happened hours before, sometimes even days before - be it at school or @ home with siblings. Eventually coping lessons can be taught and learned, but even my oldest son (now a teenager) still has meltdowns. When he was younger he broke his brother's nose and after I got my younger son calmed down and taken care of... HE was the one hardest to console and I had to rock him for hours. It can be frustrating and demanding. See what kind of services you qualify for in your area, (such as respite, or home educators) if you feel too overwhelmed.
  15. Two important points about AD/HD

    I have read some do grow out of it but for many it is a life long disorder. I probably had undiagnosed ADHD as a child , as well as undiagnosed Aspergers Syndrome which I was eventually diagnosed with as an adult, based on how similar I was to my ADHD/AS son including the ADHD aspects. Now though there isn't enough left to get a diagnosis- I am a little more prone to being distracted than the average person but not in all contexts (I can have very good concentration in other contexts) and I can make myself focus when I really need to unless I am tired. On the other hand sometimes I concentrate so well I lose all awareness of time especially when I am tired and that is even when there are disractions I could be disracted by. None of it is severe enough for a diagnosis of anything. I probably would have got a diagnosis if one had been available when I was a child and my mum has regretted saying she hoped I would have a child as difficult as me when I grew up- which is something she said when I was a child. Ritalin is working well for him when he is at school, hoilday club and during the day when not at school as well but we still have to deal with post 4/5pm when the medicine has worn off and before it kicks in (which risks us losing our house as we are in rented accomodation). When he was put on a long acting version it didn't work quite as well when it was working and the rebound was horrific and kept him awake which then made him full of loud tantrums in the morning and we had complaints from the neighbours. It doesn't help that they are a single mum with one child who is a teenage girl and they want to have a quiet lie in when there is no school and my twins wake up at 7am if not before every day even though they don't like getting out of bed at 6.30am on school days! He can be hard work but he has got a lovely personality when it doesn't get hidden under ADHD or AS related tantrums and difficult behaviour which can often be made worse by what I call 'the twin effect'- especially as his twin has Autism and was diagnosed overactive when he was younger.
  16. Sleep Issues

    My son is 19 and if he does not get his Trazadone he wont sleep for days. Also if there is a weather change or the barometric pressure changes he womt sleep no matter if he takes his meds or not.
  17. Hi, I'm the father of a 10 year old with Asperger's and a 7 year old with ADHD. A few friends and myself wrote an online free-for-private-use planner program. AutiPlan is planning software, primarily aimed at children and adults with Autism-related disorders. You can create planners with pictograms and clocks in a snap. An Android-app is undergoing testing, you can get it from the market. (It shows the planners you create in the web-application.) http://www.autiplan.com Regards, Ger Apeldoorn
  18. Art Therapy

    I am currently teaching a creative expressions art group to non verbal autistic boys. I am new to this but enjoy giving them a way to express themselves. They seem to enjoy the class and have created some very interesting pieces of art. I don't. Know if this would be called art therapy, but it is art.
  19. Using my own experiences to help others

    That's really neat! Any interesting things about the talks you can share with us on here?
  20. Newly diagnosed and struggling

    I have a daughter who has seen a symptoms of being an autistic. She's turning 6 now this June. Hey Kaylee there you are again. I'm proud to be a member of this beautiful community.
  21. HI

    The rocking started in a day ,he went to school as usual and had dance club and when he got off the bus he was doing it and has done it ever since ,when he gets in bed he really go's for it . At first i thought he was dancing . Its like he cant sit still and he has said he cant stop . We have a doctors appt on fri i know these are typical autistic traits but so sudden is a worry as before this hand flapping and high pitched screams were all he did and only when excited.
  22. self induced vomiting

    Hi Jo So it sounds like it is a sensory thing then but not one that is going to be simple to stop. The only other thing I can suggest is to try giving him some sort of food when you think he is about to do it (if there are any warning signs that is) so see if this may give him a sensation that he prefers to the gagging sensation. You could try different foods to see if there is one that he prefers. Apart from that I have no idea what you could do but I hope you manage to solve the problem or better still, that it is just a phase that will pass. Let us know how things go. Take care. Pam
  23. Getting the most out of this forum

    Wow, I didn't know about some of these, thanks!
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