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Facing Challenges with Autism.

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Toggle between the 4 main tips Our founder, Tanya Hines, wants to share with you based on her own long-term experience with Autism.

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Being consistent ALL the time or as much as possible is necessary.

Understanding why the behavior is occurring: Many times challenging behaviors are caused by sensory needs or lack of communication.

Establishing communication is a must. You must be able to communicate your expectations, and they must be able to communicate and express themselves. This can be; verbal, AAC device, PECS, or sign language. 

Redirecting challenging behaviors to something more appropriate.

General Resources for Facing Challenges with Autism

Aggression

Autistic children are often misunderstood. What may be perceived as an angry outburst might be rooted in communication difficulties, anxiety, and stress.

People with autism are often creatures of habit who like predictable structure and schedules. A disruption to routine, unplanned changes, and trouble communicating effectively can all be unsettling, and this can sometimes lead to outbursts of anger.

Autistic children may lash out in anger when they are unable to express themselves. Aggressive or self-harming behaviors can also be patterns of repetitive actions that are hallmarks of autism.

While autism-related anger and aggression can be scary for everyone involved, therapy can help a lot. By improving communication and social skills, and regulating potentially harmful repetitive behaviors, therapy can help to reduce aggressive actions and help autistic children to better regulate their emotions, including anger.

In many cases, applied behavior analysis (ABA) can reduce the frequency of this behavior.

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5 tips for Preventing Aggression

Bullying

Today, bullying is a national epidemic causing significant concern for parents and caregivers. Approximately one in three kids are bullied in hallways, classrooms and during school related activities each year. Media reports show widespread examples of victimization suffered by kids of all ages and ability levels. More troubling – students living with autism spectrum disorder are 63 percent more likely to be recipients of bullying behavior than typically developing peers. All children, regardless of ability, deserve to learn in a safe and nurturing environment where positive relationships are cultivated. Kids have a right to feel cared for and protected in school.

Adults are in no way immune to the problem. One in six has experienced bullying behavior in the workplace according to one report. Fear of income loss discourages individuals from reporting incidences or intervening on behalf of victims. With employment opportunities at a premium in the disability community, people with special needs are more susceptible to on the job bullying behavior with little to any recourse. Effects are far reaching; violence and intimidation cause harm to victims leaving support systems to cope with the aftermath.

3 Helpful Tips for bullying & Autism

Destruction of Property

Behavior problems are common for individuals having a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism. Speech deficits hinder a person’s ability to communicate wants and needs, leading to these challenging behavior problems. As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, every behavior even the bad ones, are an attempt to communicate something. For the past 24 years, I have experienced this on the front lines with my son Nick, who has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism. It’s important to get a clear picture of what is triggering the problem behavior. To do this, try taking a step back and determine what is causing the behavior.

For individuals with a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism, some challenging behaviors include property destruction (such as dropping, throwing, dumping things on the floor, and breaking objects). Other behaviors might include elopement, dropping and plopping, stimming, yelling, repetitive movements and physical aggression to name a few

preventing tips for Destruction of Property

Staying Healthy

Fitness, nutrition and sleep are three areas of life that are vital to a person’s overall health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, Poor physical fitness, feeding and gastrointestinal issues and sleep disorders are all very common among children and adults on the spectrum. Oftentimes challenges in these three areas can be exacerbated by the other difficulties associated with autism.

It might seem overwhelming to you to think about making improvements in fitness, nutrition or sleep. But with a little bit of effort and awareness, you can set your child on a healthier path, which will make life easier and happier for you, your child and your family.

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Tips for Keeping Everyone healthy

Learning

For some children, Autism and learning disabilities share overlapping symptoms. Despite this, autism is not a learning disability. Traditionally, the fact that the two disorders—both neurodevelopmental—have similarities has confused even doctors and educators. As we study, research, and observe, our understanding of both autism and learning disabilities increases. Is autism a learning disability? It isn’t. The two conditions are separate disorders. A child can have both, though, or they can have just one. Let’s explore autism and learning disabilities to learn how they affect kids. earning disability is a lifelong disorder diagnosed in childhood. Around 4 in 10 autistic people have a learning disability. A learning disability affects people in different ways. Common difficulties include: adapting behaviour to different situations, interacting with others, controlling behaviour. Scientists have found genetic differences in both autism and learning disability making it likely that the two conditions are related.

4 Tips to help Your Autistic Child Learn

Non-Verbal Communication

Guiding your Autistic loved one to use non-verbal communication and understand it can effectively can help them thrive during social interactions and in life.

Helpful Tips for Non-Verbal Communication

Over-Stimulation

Children with Autism can frequently become overwhelmed or overstimulated by situations beyond their control. As caregivers, teachers and therapists we may not always know the cause of their discomfort so its important to have a toolbox of calming strategies to help kids calm down, refocus and get back on task. Furthermore, you can prepare for a potentially stressful event by allowing a child to choose a calming activity and use it before the event and to calm down afterward. Below is a list of common calming techniques you can use with the autistic children you support.

Use the rule of one when a child is deeply stressed, anxious or in the middle of a meltdown. Have only one person talk to the child with autism and ask them to do only one thing. Unfortunately, most school models of crises call for bringing in lots of people, lots of people that start talking at once. Rather than calming a situation down, this can escalate it.

Tips for Preventing Over-Stimulation

Learn About Potty Training with Autism

Toilet training difficulties are common among children with Autism. This is most likely due to communication deficits and/or sensory sensitivities.
A child may not able to effectively communicate their need to use the toilet. These children may also have an aversion to the sound of the toilet flushing and may experience anxiety associated with toileting.
Additionally, people with ASD may not be as socially motivated to control their bladder and bowel function as non-ASD people.

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self-Injury

The equipment on this hospital floor could be found in most school locker rooms: helmets, knee pads, and arm splints. But the gear is not here to protect athletes from sports injuries; it’s used to protect children and teenagers from themselves.

This is the NBU, short for the Neurobehavioral Unit at Kennedy Krieger Institute, a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The NBU specializes in treating self-injury and other severe behavior in youth who have autism and developmental disorders. Many of the patients have hit, poked, scratched, or bitten themselves hard enough to hurt.

“Self-injury is a very severe form of behavior that has one of the highest risks of medical injury,” says psychiatrist Roma Vasa, M.D., of Kennedy Krieger. These violent episodes can lead to cuts and bruises, dental problems, broken bones, concussions, and detached retinas, says Eboni I. Lance, M.D., a Kennedy Krieger neurologist who has studied the behavior.

4 triggers for self-injurious behavior (SIB)

Socialization

It is so important that your Autistic child socializes, learns the cues of others, makes friends and thrives in their community long-term.

3 tips for Socialization

Transitional Periods

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