A Positive Start for Life
Children with Autism love structure and routine, they need to understand what they should do. It’s usually when your child doesn’t know what to do with himself that he will engage in inappropriate behaviour, get frustrated and become difficult to manage.
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Communication and Social Interaction
For most children learning to communicate is exciting. It starts right from birth and should be fun for the child, his family and friends. Yet it is not easy, as the complex process of communication involves: -
- Wanting to communicate
- Needing to communicate
Children learn to communicate at different stages and children with Autism are no different.
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Making Sense of Sensory
Our Sensory systems tell us about our body position, how we move, what we hear, see, smell, touch and taste.
Most children with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder react to their surroundings in different or unusual ways because their sensory systems react differently.
Your child may be over sensitive to some sensations. This means that he may find just a small amount of sensation too much to cope with and may become over aroused or distressed.
- A lot of children will avoid the situation they find difficult or refuse to play.
- Some will go into what we could call ‘shut down’, by withdrawing into their own world or falling asleep.
- Your child may be both over sensitive and under sensitive at the same time eg he may be upset by the noise of the vacuum cleaner but at the same time appear not to notice when someone is speaking
- Sometimes when a child is tired or upset, his tolerance for sensations change eg the feel of his woolly jumper that he accepted before is now impossible to wear next to his skin
- As your child grows and develops his sensory preferences and dislikes can change
- Your child’s response to certain situations, his behaviour, his preferred play, will all help you build up a sensory picture. This in turn may help you understand why he behaves in an unusual way at times. Using his sensory preferences can also help you tune in and connect with him during play
- It may help to keep a diary where you can record how he behaves in certain situations, what seems to trigger over arousal, what he likes to eat and play with and what calms him down