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|8th June 2010, 17:36||#46|
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@Samurai: My wife is a Speech Pathologist and trained with ABA Therapy. If you require any help/info, I shall get it from her.
She used to work with Samvaad Institute of Speech and Hearing, who does ABA therapy for autistic children. As per my knowledge, Radhika Poovayya, the director of this institute is ABA certified as well.
They have a therapy center near BEML (near HAL/Indiranagar).
|10th June 2010, 11:29||#49|
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Music /music therapy also helps a lot as well, my wife uses music when she works with kids with autism and kids with special needs and has found music to help.
"Benefits of Music Therapy for Autism
Music therapy helps people with autism in the following ways:
Some people with autism also experience echolalia, the automatic repetition of words or phrases out of context. Both hemispheres of the brain process music, which allows a therapist to use music to stimulate cognitive function and build speech skills.
A number of people with autism have a natural talent for music and learn how to play instruments quickly. In fact, some autistic people demonstrate a rare savant or genius level music talent.
Music Therapy Activities
Music therapy activities include:
Music Therapy for Autism - LoveToKnow Autism
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|10th June 2010, 19:24||#50|
Why does my son have autism? Could be due to HCG injections I received during pregnancy to avert the threat of miscarriage.
Music has been a lifesaver when nothing else seemed to get through, especially during full blown tantrums.
|21st June 2010, 11:59||#51|
Some more thoughts penned down by my wife:
Few pointers on raising our children:
• Never leave the child alone. It is tempting to let him occupy himself and carry on with our work, since he hardly seems to miss our presence. Absolute no to using TV as the babysitter. Psychologists go as far as to say dump your TV in the garbage, because TV provides a very high level of stimulation and the child gets used to not having to respond.
• Get them to eat. My son used to self-restrict himself to about five foods. One day I just stopped cooking separately for him. He refused breakfast, cried, cried and cried some more but I did not offer him anything else. Finally around noon he ate it! This went on for a week, with some terrible crying, and some force feeding. After that the resistance stopped but he was eating unhappily. Today he enjoys eating everything like any other kid. I don’t think he remembers his comfort foods anymore!
• Toilet training. Our children may not be ready for this before 3 years, it has to be done slowly. To begin with, each day we record the time when child answers nature’s call. After about a week, we get a good idea when the child needs to go. So we take him to the toilet according to the timesheet. Sounds easy? Not so fast, the child does not want to do it in the toilet. In fact you might realize he wants to do it anywhere but. My son has been extremely manipulative, even now he does it in the toilet only 80% of the time. Just have to keep at it.
• Talk, Talk and talk some more. Tell the child what he is seeing, doing, what you are doing etc. etc. Recite some short stories. Vary your pitch and tone. Exclaim, raise your voice and sometimes drop it to a whisper. Anything to get him or her look and listen to you with interest. Do cut out all un-necessary words, long sentences can be confusing. Also back whatever you say with gestures. They could be simple ones like come, go, stop, sit, stand, etc…
|23rd June 2010, 11:47||#52|
Some more points...
• Play, at the park encourage them to climb the ladder, wade through tunnels; of course slide and swing (restrict swinging for hyperactive kids). Sand play by hiding and digging up toys. At home you could throw him up in the air and catch him, somersaults in the air, give him horseback and piggy back rides, etc. These movements help to improve the child’s vestibular and proprioceptive processing. Best done by dads!
• Take them out often. Our little one is quite a traveller. His best behavior is in the car! Maybe because he accompanied us on many long trips. On weekends we take him shopping, to the circus or to the movies. Difficult, initially we had to make sure we carry food, favorite toys, music etc. However, now we see that he is able to adjust to all environments; he gets quite excited at the prospect of an outing.
• Believe in your child. Our children take strength from our belief. It is for us to carry on happily and the child will catch on. I see consistent improvements since last year, not only in my son but in most children in his batch. With age and training their understanding is developing. It is just a matter of time before our children learn to function independently. Still, yes some things may always be more difficult for our kids but that will only make them resilient.
|17th July 2010, 21:55||#53|
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Super....Dint know a thread about Autism existed on T-Bhp.
Dont want to sound like a jerk, knowing the norms of the site. But we're producing an event in which we've been training 40 Autistic children for the last 3 months. Been having lovely connect and interaction with all of them. Have seen them improve over the last quarter.
Vivek Oberoi, being the gem of a person he is, has been supporting us bigtime apart from hordes of other known personalities from Film, Tv and Corporate industry. Vivek Oberoi meets specially abled children in Mumbai
All you guys in Mumbai are more than welcome to come and interact with the kids at our training studio.
And if it doesn't override the norms, i can also post details of the event, where all of you'll can be a part of this and support this social cause.
|28th August 2010, 13:03||#54|
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Watched this wonderful video last night.
This Girl in spectrum expresses in her own words on:
- Why do they stim?
- Why do they avoid eye-contact?
- and so on..
|28th August 2010, 23:02||#55|
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|29th August 2010, 01:03||#56|
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Guys I need Therapist who would come home and work on my son, any help would be appreciated.
He is 5 yrs old and does some 3 hours in a special school, I need to work with a pro on the rest of the day, We are based in Malad, Bombay
|31st August 2010, 19:48||#57|
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Having faced similar situation with my 3 year son, I can Understand , what you have facing these days . Only difference is that The doctor in my case was trying to make some quick money, but still to confirm , i took opinion of 3 different doctors, Only one experienced doctor advised me against any kind of autism to my son. He duly advised us to get in touch with Aadi Institute in Hauz khas ( delhi ). ( Just to clear our Mind ) They specialize In Autistic Child. eventually, got my son check from them , the lady there played with my son for good 2 hours and assured us that our child is not autistic . later on I realized that the 2 doctors i consulted initially were hand in glove with each other and has discussed everything , But that day make me think seriously about our kid's need. I still remember that those were most difficult 3 days of my life. I was crying for all these 3 days , be on road or at home . It was like life has come for a halt to me.
Right now Also, My son has a Speech disorder ( he doesn,t speak few words clearly, although he understands everything ), Does his daily chores himself ( like Eating / Morning rituals / no particular eating habit etc) goes to play school with normal kids . I think , only thing missing in his early days was that he didn't have kids of his age around him to play with. i think, in today's lives where families are going more and more nuclear, it;s important that kids has their peers to play with. that helped me a lot . I have seen marked improvement in his behavior , once he started to play with kids of his age.
my best wishes for your and your family . Let me know if i can be of any help to you here .
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|20th September 2010, 12:53||#58|
Sushil, horrified to know there are docs who try to mis-diagnose autism on purpose for making money.
One of the side-effects of having an autistic child is the family, is the loss of social life. As some of you know I attend very few offroad events these days. I drive 400+ kms one way almost every week to devote time to office in Manipal and family at Bangalore. My wife who stays in Bangalore barely has time for any socialising. She spends 3-4 hours a day with the child at home teaching him words using books, video and other teaching aids. He has to be dropped and picked up from Montessori and Therapy. Then there is the older child who needs help in studies and project work. Thankfully he goes and comes back from school on his own.
Meanwhile, our neighbors in our apartment complex think we are aloof or unfriendly since we rarely socialize with other families in the building. It is very hard to socialize when you have an autistic child in the family.
|26th September 2010, 23:32||#60|
Some more thoughts penned down by my wife:
Aditi Shankardass: A second opinion on learning disorders | Video on TED.com
Anybody following this line of thought or has more info on this?
Found this from googling, these seem to be the kind of seizures Dr.Aditi is referring to:
Most petit mal seizures last only a few seconds. Most commonly they involve staring episodes or "absence spells."
The person may stop walking or talking in mid-sentence, and start again a few seconds later. The person usually does not fall. The person is usually wide awake and thinking clearly immediately after the seizure.
"Spells" can be uncommon or occur up to hundreds of times in one day. They may occur for weeks to months before they are noticed, and may interfere with school function and learning. The seizures may sometimes be mistaken for a lack of attention or other misbehavior. Unexplained difficulties in school and learning difficulties may be the first indication of petit mal seizures.
Symptoms of typical petit mal seizures may include:
Muscle activity changes
Hand fumbling (especially with longer spells)
Lip smacking (especially with longer spells)
Chewing (especially with longer spells)
Staring episodes (unintentional)
Lack of awareness of surroundings
Sudden halt in conscious activity (movement, talking, etc.)
May be provoked by hyperventilation or flashing lights, in some cases
Abrupt beginning of seizure
Each seizure lasts no more than a few seconds
Full recovery of consciousness, no confusion
No memory of seizure
source: Petit mal seizure: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
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