Hi, I have two and half year old son who has few symptoms of autism (not responding to by name, no eye contact, spinning objects, laughing all of a sudden and sometimes crying all of a sudden for no apparent reason etc) and he has low muscle tone. otherwise he is active like any other child and no other issues. he does say few words, but he doesn't call us or ask us if he wants something. Please let me know if there is a good physiotherapist and speech therapist in Hyderabad for his treatment (we are giving him Gluten free and diary free diet and also started homeopathy treatment. these therapies are in addition to the treatment). Thanks in advance.
The important difficulty with the child with autism is communication not speech. Even there are kids who can speak in length but fail to communicate. So it is important to give your son communication theraphy and not speech. With my son , I tried out this and has shown wonderful result. So it is good to give him communication training rather than speech theraphy.
thanks for your reply. I understand your point. could you please give more details about the communication therapy? is that something you did at home OR took your son to some therapist?
@autismhyd, i agree withyou point that in ASD kids communication is a major problem rather than speech. I have a 4 yr who has some traits of ASD, improved to great extent in certain areas with OT/ST. Yes she does speak much better especially for her needs but as you mentioned i see that communication is lacking. What i mean is that she is unable to say what happend in her school/daycare or what some one told her. Also i see that she doesnt observe enrironment much and always busy in her own world. Her inattentiveness is also high and doesnt listen to us when we try to tell her or explain something to make her understand
Can you let me know how you did communication therapy? Is it at home or in Therapy center. If so can you let me know if you are aware of any in chennai
basically I use lot of visuals for communication. First thing is Visual schedule. I prepare schedule for the day in a chart or a flash card along with time and the activity. It gives him a great tension releif. He is now 11 and prepares his own schedule. Next any sort of instruction or information I give it visually either pictures or written. There are whole lot of other stuff. you can see this website www.usevisualstrategies.com. In chennai I went to Lakshmi Satish , a special educator and also parent keenly interested in developing communication.
I had taken my son to special educator. I have also tried many things with him. Then I did my course in autism spectrum disorder. Now I am specializing in communication training for the chldren in a school called PAAC. I am also working at home with children with autism. basically I work with visual communicaiton, verbal behaviour and rapid prompting techniques. all these are a different ways for imparting communication. There are many levels in communication. First the child has to request for his needs. Then he can be taught to answer questions and so on.
Lavanya, thanks for your inputs. Can i have contact details of Lakshmi Satish. Actually my kid is 4 yrs and she does communicate for her needs/wants but what i find lacking is she is unable to speak about things happened in school/day care etc. only things that she likes she will say something random like i did finger painting or i played on elephant.
Where i am really struggling is she does not listen to us at all when we try to explain her when we does something not acceptable or try to change to right way of something when it is done wrongly. That time she keeps on whining and will not even look into our eyes as i think she know that we are trying to explain her something.
She wants to play with kids but really not knowing how to approach them, she goes and hugs them hard or just pushes them slightly (more playfully) even she does this to elders. Though she doesnt do it intentionally, this is not liked by others. When we try to explain her that she is not supposed to do it she just doesnt even lends her ears to listen
I do have a spl eductor coming home atleast 2-3 days a week. She practices her in fine motor skills, some gross motor(based on her school feedback), plays some DVD for listening skills. So if i get some speciafic pointers on teaching the effective communication and behaviour modification it will help. As you do the training on Verbal behaviour, rapid prompting techniques i wish to know i can leverage on this to help my child
I am from hyd wanted to know from where did you do ur course from because i am keenly interested but don't have any idea about the course please do write back with the info.
As for my son he is doing very well is able to communicate his ideas,what he did in school what he wants. Tells me about his dreams and so on....
tRY AND BE AROUND UR CHILD KEEP ASKING YOUR CHILD WHAT SHE WANTS WHAT SHE IS DOING GIVE HER PROMPTS.IF POSSIBLE ASK THE CLASS INSTRUCTOR TO WRITE IN THE DIARY WHAT THE CHILD DID THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL TIMING AND THEN U ASK UR CHILD GIVE HAR PROMPTS THEN SHE WOULD BE ABLE TO EXPRESS IHERSELF.
WHEN GIVING INSTRUCTIONS HOLD HER FACE FACING YOU N THEN TALK TO HER REPEAT IT AND OIT WILL PSURELY HELP HER TO CONCENTRATE N WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT SHE NEEDS TO LOOK AT A PERSON TO COMMUNICATE N TAKE INSTRUCTIONS .