Autistic children are considered special needs children
Phoenix, AZ (Vocus) November 11, 2010
Autism is a condition that adversely affects a child’s ability to communicate with others. Autism may also impede a child’s ability to have what are considered ‘normal’ social interactions with others. Researchers at UCLA now believe autism may be caused by too many connections within the frontal lobe of the brain and poor connections between the frontal lobe and other parts of the brain, reports MedicalNewsToday.com
News sources now believe between 1 and 100 or 1 and 150 children are born with autism.
“Autistic children are considered special needs children,” says Clint Ethington of Doctor Finders, “but on some level we all have special needs in order to keep us happy and functioning well. We’ve compiled some tips to help families with an autistic child.”
Tips for helping children with autism:
- Stay on a schedule. Children with autism generally like routine. If the routine needs to be disrupted, communicate this beforehand.
- Avoid loud noises, or extreme changes in lighting, temperature and smells.
- Understand every child with autism has different symptoms and may respond differently to stimuli. Learn the child’s triggers and help avoid them.
- If a child is having difficulty communicating with words, try sign language. Look for non-verbal cues the child is trying to communicate.
- Create a safe space for the child in their home, a space that is theirs.
- Try a gluten free diet. Many children’s symptoms improve when dairy, including milk, is removed from the diet. Cereal, wheat, oat, rye and barely may also need to be avoided. Keep a food journal to help assess which foods are acting as triggers.
- Reinforce positive behavior instead of punishing negative behavior.
- Focus on talents and strengths. Every child has them. Help develop these.
- Accept children as they are. Don’t try to change them.
- Parents should be sure to take care of themselves, whether this means joining a support group or taking time to relax alone.
Doctor Finders offers extensive doctor listings (including a wide variety of specialists) for patients. The online database is searchable by treatment, product, zip code, physician name, clinic name, practice, city, state, etc. Doctors included in the database include: pediatricians, family practitioners, cardiac surgeons, dermatologists, endocrinologists, anesthesiologists, clinical psychologists, cosmetic surgeons, bariatric surgeons, ophthalmologists, sleep medicine specialists, podiatrists, anatomic pathologists, medical geneticists, gynecologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, allergists and immunologists, etc.
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