Activities for Autistic Children

Parenting Children With Asperger's And High-functioning Autism

Mark Hutten, M.A is a practicing counseling psychologist and a professional parent-coach with experience of over 20 years in the field of High-Functioning Autism (HFA) and Asperger's. being the executive director of online parent support, LLC, Hutten presents several workshops and conducts numerous training courses for both professionals and parents dealing with HFA and Asperger's; besides, he works with hundreds of teenagers and children with HFA and Asperger's. Hutten is also an author of several articles that highlight parenting techniques based on highly effective research for dealing with children with HFA and Asperger's. The founder of the support group has published 'My out of control Child' and 'My out of control teen' eBooks. Most of Hutten's columns and articles discuss several ways of parenting young ones with conduct disorder, ODD, ADHD, Autism, Asperger's syndrome, Bipolar disorder, reactive attachment disorder, and many more conditions. The helpful parenting toolkit is all about a system that enables parents to minimize the child's meltdowns, low frustration tolerance, and tantrums, physical and verbal aggression, school-related behavior problems, social skills deficits, picky eating, attention difficulties, rigid thinking, problems completing homework, sleep problems, rituals and obsessions, and many more behavioral problems. The eBook is available for download. More here...

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The Essential Guide to Autism

Here is just some of what you'll learn: 13 common Asd (Autism Spectrum Disorder) misconceptions and the real truth for each this information will greatly help put your mind at ease about this mysterious disorder. The three main signs of autism and how to quickly and easily recognize each. The three broad categories of autism and how to immediately tell in which category someone with autism belongs and what this means for their treatment. The 5 most recent, most accepted theories about the cause of Asds this information may surprise you. 13 questions all concerned parents should ask themselves if they think their child may have autism your responses to these questions will ensure you know what step to take next. 28 additional signs of autism youll know exactly what behaviors to look for when assessing your child or loved one. Common treatments for autism and how to know if a treatment is right for your child or loved one. 18 questions you should always ask before submitting your child or loved one for a particular treatment this information will help ensure your child receives the treatment thats right for him or her. The six most common autism treatments used today plus, whether or not it is good to combine treatments. The positives and negatives of using Applied Behavioral Analysis to treat autism and how to tell if your child is right for an Aba program. How to choose an Aba provider including four things that you should always look for before deciding upon a provider. The five steps involved in a successful Floor Time program if a program doesnt include all five of these steps then it is definitely not right for you child. The effectiveness of the most common alternative autism treatments plus, 14 things that you should always look for before selecting an alternative treatment program. How to use the diet to help control autism naturally diet experts agree that many symptoms can decrease in severity and some may even disappear with a change in diet learn more here. Supplements that have been shown to benefit those with autism and how to ensure your autistic child takes the supplements without having a battle on your hands. 6 tips for a successful supplementation program these tips will help you cut costs and ensure that your child adjusts to the program quickly and easily. How to cope with the stress of raising a child with autism this information will have you feeling better and more relaxed than you have in years. How to ensure the safety of a a child with autism follow these 12 simple tips and your childs safety is practically guaranteed. How to ensure the education needs of your child with autism are being met including seven questions that you should always ask your childs school. How to deal with an adolescent with autism follow these tips to safely navigate your way through this difficult time in anyones life. More here...

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A Parent's Guide For Reversing Autism

Whilst best results are seen in younger children the seven step plan I have outlined in this book, including the diet, can be applied to any autistic person of any age. Step One details the gluten free/casein free diet and why it is so important for recovery to begin. It also explains why, after only 6 weeks, a particular type of cows milk can be included back into the diet. This milk has a different molecular structure than other milks. You are unlikely to hear about this milk anywhere else in the autistic community as we have been told that all casein is bad. This is simply not true. Your child may be similar to mine and have no reaction to this milk casein whatsoever. I explain how to test your child for this and other food intolerances in step one. If you have a child who is a 'picky eater' or skeptical family members, then doing step one correctly will put an end to all that. This diet is strict and has to be done properly or you will not get the results you are longing for. If you follow my recommendations for diet outlined in this chapter you could see significant improvements in your child in as little as a week.

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Eric Chessen's Autism Fitness Assessment Toolbox

Eric Chessen takes you step by step using his easy to follow Manuals, Assessment Grids and Videos to better prepare you to understand your participants abilities and help you create outstanding fitness programs. The Big 5 Movement Patterns- Each of the major ways in which we perform physically. The Big 5 include: Pushing (Movement away from the body) Pulling (Movement towards the body) Rotation (Movement around the torso or hips) Bending (All squatting or pick-up activities) Locomotion (Movement from one point in space to another) The Big 5 are all multi-joint movements, meaning they do not isolate a specific muscle. They will often be used in combination, for example, a scoop throw is a combination of bending (hips moving down/back) and pushing (throwing the to a partner) Behavior-Specific Praise (Bsp)- A technique derived from the science and practice of Applied Behavior Analysis (Aba). The instructor provides positive feedback immediately following the individuals action. Rather than saying Great job!, a more effective response would be Great job bending knees and jumping! This tells the individual exactly what they did well. Increasing Duration of Activity- For individuals who baseline at low or intermediate. levels of Adaptive ability, one of the goals will be to increase the time they are able to attend to an activity. This is not a measure of physical endurance, but developing the skills of patience and resilience. If Chris Pac assessment shows that he is only able to perform activity for ten seconds before running away from the instructor, the current goals will include being able to perform exercise for a longer time period (20 or 30 seconds) before gaining access to a secondary reinforcer (2nd R+).

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Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Asperger's syndrome is a condition along the autistic spectrum, now being more frequently recognized in adults, but with onset obligately in childhood. A disorder primarily affecting females, the genetic basis of Rett's disorder is being unraveled, and genetic testing may supplant clinical criteria. A more detailed listing of diagnostic criteria is listed in Chapter 7. It is included here because Rett's syndrome, aside from its genetic roots, is often classified among the autistic spectrum disorders, at least according to the standard DSM-IV scheme. Diagnostic Criteria for Autistic Disorder Childhood disintegrative disorder is nonspecific in terms of etiology. Children or adolescents with typical autism may regress in terms of previously developed skills. One should be careful in applying this diagnosis without a substantial search for more specific genetic, metabolic, toxic, or traumatic conditions that may incidentally fulfill the following diagnostic criteria. As the age of...

With Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Although a number of intervention and educational strategies have been developed for children with autistic spectrum disorders (Bristol et al., 1996 Rogers, 1996), there has not been sufficient emphasis on working with individual processing patterns and different functional developmental capacities. The DIR intervention approach, which focuses on the delayed child's developmental level and individual differences, is different from psychotherapy or play therapy. What often occurs in traditional play therapy with children with autism is a type of parallel play, rather than true developmentally based interactions. For children with autistic spectrum patterns, initial therapeutic goals often need to focus on four essential presymbolic capacities. The first is to foster regulation, focus, and concentration (shared attention) through gearing interactive experiences to the child's processing profile (e.g., very energetic and challenging for the underreactive child and soothing and gradual...


People who have autistic spectrum syndromes (pervasive developmental disorder, Asperger's syndrome) are characterized by the abnormal development of social skills, impairments of communication, and a severely restricted repertoire of interests and stereotypic behaviors. Some people with autistic syndromes develop extraordinary skills in one domain. In spite of these extraordinary skills in one domain, they might have little or no skills in other domains. Benjamin Rush, who many consider one of the fathers of American medicine, in 1789 reported the case of Thomas Fuller. This man had the special ability to perform calendar computations. For example, Benjamin Rush asked him how many seconds a man, who was 70 years, 17 days, and The special talents of these idiot savants have been reported to occur in several domains. In addition to the calendar skill demonstrated by Fuller, there have musical savants like Thomas Bethune, who had a vocabulary of less than 100 words but could play,...

Disease State Diagnosis

There are six diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia4 (1) characteristic symptoms, that include (i) delusions, (ii) hallucinations, (iii) disorganized speech, (iv) grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior, and (v) negative symptoms (affective flattening, alogia (poverty or absence of speech), avolition (lack of interest and drive)) - two or more of which are present for a significant duration over a 1 month period (2) social occupational dysfunction (3) duration -continuous signs of the disturbance for at least 6 months (unless successfully treated after early diagnosis) (4) schizoaffective and mood disorder exclusion (5) substance general medical condition exclusion (6) relationship to a pervasive developmental disorder, e.g., autistic disorder. While considerable research has been directed at the genetics of the disorder and significant advances have been made in the development of imaging tools and methods, there is currently no objective clinical test for diagnosis.

Unmet Medical Needs

Concerns have been raised in regard to current screening paradigms used in AED discovery, e.g., the NINDS in vivo panel, that are viewed as generating AEDs of similar efficacy (and limitations) to those already in use.29,43 In the 10 years encompassing the 1990 Decade of the Brain, eight new AEDs were introduced, none of which appears to have had any impact on the treatment of intractable epileptic patients.43 This same period also saw a doubling of the finding for epilepsy research from 40 million to 80 million and, in 1999, a major White House initiative, 'Curing Epilepsy - Focus on the Future,' focused on translational research initiatives to use the evolving knowledge of basic brain function at the genomic and proteomic levels to develop new models that would lead to new treatments for epilepsy, new AEDs as well as possible cures and prevention of the disorder(s). Like many of the debatably successful outcomes from the Decade of the Brain,44 the transition of research findings to...

Oral Solution Tablets

Geriatric or debilitated clients 0.5-2 mg b.i.d.-t.i.d. Pediatric, 3-12 years or 15-40 kg 0.5 mg day in two to three divided doses if necessary the daily dose may be increased by 0.5-mg increments q 5-7 days for a total of 0.15 mg kg day for psychotic disorders and 0.075 mg kg for nonpsychotic behavior disorders and Tourette's syndrome. Doses for children 3-6 years of age are 0.01-0.03 mg kg day PO for agitation and hy-perkinesia and 0.5-4 mg day for infantile autism.

Physiological Effects

One dose of ketamine creates a trip that lasts about 1 hour (Delgarno & Shewan, 1996). Larger doses last longer and have a more intense effect (Malhotra et al., 1996). The user feels physical tingling, followed by a feeling of removal from the outside sensory world. Tolerance develops rapidly to ketamine, and dependence, though rare, is well known. Flashbacks have been reported, and their incidence may be higher than with many other hallucinogens (Siegel, 1984). Ketamine works in a dose-dependent fashion. Mild doses involve an autistic stare and a paucity of thinking. Higher doses result in the K-hole phenomenon, which is characterized by social withdrawal, autistic behavior, and an inability to maintain a cognitive set. Such individuals may be described as zombie-like (Gay Men's Health Crisis, 1997).

Diagnostic Guidelines

Tics need to be distinguished from other movement disorders, including chorea, tremor, dystonia, and myoclonus. Unlike these basic movement disorder types, tics are unique in that they may be suppressed by the patient. Tics also need to be distinguished from stereotypes seen in autism or mental retardation. The lack of rhythmicity of tics helps in this differentiation. Obsessive-compulsive activities may resemble complex tics but differ in that the former are purposeful (such as tapping or turning a number of times).

The Developmental Basis of Psychotherapeutic Processes

Through clinical work and observations with infants and young children, we have been able to more fully identify and describe the early stages of ego development. We have also been able to describe stage-specific affective interactions and relationship patterns and individual motor and sensory processing differences that influence these early capacities. Taken together, these elements constitute the Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based (DIR) model (Greenspan, 1997a, 1997b). This model provides a developmental framework for conceptualizing the psy-chotherapeutic process. The DIR framework, which can be applied to both children and adults, includes an individualized developmental approach to assessment and diagnosis and the practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. It also includes developmental insights into a range of disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, character, and personality disorders, autism, mental retardation, learning disorders) and informs a...

Severe Mental Illness And Hiv Risk

Schizophrenia is characterized by both positive and negative features. The more chronic and disabling negative features are often the least well understood by medical providers, and yet may most profoundly influence the relationship with the provider. These features were originally described by Bleuler in 1911, and are often referred to as the four A's of schizophrenia flattened affect (a decrease in both expressed and experienced emotions), ambivalence, autism (an inability to make meaningful emotional connections with others), and loose associations. These features impede the ability of patients to connect with providers. They make patients ambivalent about all elements of treatment and make it hard for patients to engage with their providers.

Theoretical Constructs

Mahler, who based her model on detailed observations of young children in therapy and on mother-child pairs followed longitudinally over the first three years of life, proposed that the early development of object relations proceeded through three stages, culminating in the emergence of emotional object constancy around 3 years of age (Mahler, 1968 Mahler et al., 1975). These three stages, modified by the empirical work of Stern and others, provide the basic framework for conceptualization of the object-relations play therapy presented here. Mahler's first stage, normal autism, occurs over the first month of life. Whereas Mahler assumed the infant was objectless, Stern (1985) found evidence that infants are born with rudimentary object-relatedness. We want to avoid confusion with infantile autism as a disorder and adequately capture this rudimentary relatedness, and replace autism with the term presymbiosis here. The second stage is normal symbiosis, in which the infant functions as...

Subconscious Incubation

Unlike the many creative people who have mood disorders, people with autism have been shown to have a severe deficit of cognitive flexibility and impoverished creativity (Craig & Baron-Cohen, 1999). Studies of autism such as those that use theory of mind suggest that autism is associated with a deficit in top-down processing (Happe & Frith, 1996). For example, to test theory of mind, investigators might show relatively high-functioning people with autism a series of pictures or a video. In one such picture there are two women (a mother and her friend) walking, with the mother pushing a baby carriage that has an infant inside. This carriage has a hood so that a person has to look inside to see if the baby is in the carriage. They stop walking and the mother's friend goes inside her house to get something. While she is inside her house, the infant's grandmother comes out of another house, takes the infant out of the carriage, and brings the infant into her house. If asked, When the...

Reliability and Validity of Clinical Diagnosis

One study attempted to evaluate the reliability, sensitivity, and specificity of DSM-III and DSM-III-R criteria for the category of autism in relation to each other and to the clinical diagnoses made (Volkmar, Bregman, Cohen, & Cicchetti, 1988). The subjects were fifty-two individuals diagnosed as autistic and sixty-two considered developmen-tally disordered but not autistic. The reliability of the specific criteria tended to be high. The DSM-III criteria were judged more specific but less sensitive than the DSM-III-R criteria. As a result, the investigators concluded that the diagnostic concept of autism has been greatly broadened in the revised system. In the light of the preceding paragraph, it is of interest to list the changes made for autistic disorder in DSM-IV Autistic Disorder. The DSM-III-R defining features (impaired social interaction, communication, and stereotyped patterns of behavior) are retained in DSM-IV, but the individual items and the overall diagnostic algorithm...

Fragile X Syndrome

Fragile X syndrome is the most common genetic cause for mental retardation and the most common known cause for autism. In 1994, a working group for the American College of Medical Genetics published guidelines for fragile X testing. These included testing any person with unexplained mental retardation, developmental delay, or autism, especially if physical or behavioral characteristics commonly associated with the


Schizophrenia, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, and schizotypal personality affective and anxiety disorders in both children and adults and the childhood disruptive disorders ADHD, ODD, and CD. Unfortunately, space limitations precluded our review of behavior genetic research on other important disorders, such as autism, substance abuse and dependence, and personality disorders. We also provided background material on the statistical methods used in contemporary twin studies to conduct univariate and multivariate behavior genetic analyses, as well as a brief discussion of some exciting new and future directions in behavior genetic studies of psychopathology. The latter included genetic and environmental influences on normal range variation and on the disordered extreme, the inclusion of specific environmental and endophenotypic variables in behavior genetic models, molecular genetic studies of psycho-pathology, and the examination of genotype-environment interaction and correlation....

Child Psychiatry

Autism usually starts at a very young age. Look for impaired social interaction (isolative, unaware of surroundings), impaired verbal nonverbal communication (strange words, babbling, repetition), and restricted activities and interests (head banging, strange movements). Autism is usually idiopathic, but look for congenital rubella as a potential cause. See Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rain Man.

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Learn How to Help, Understand amp Cope with your Aspergers Child from a UK Chartered Educational Psychologist. Before beginning any practice relating to Aspergers it is highly recommended that you first obtain the consent and advice of a qualified health,education or social care professional.

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