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 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: completely Stuck and not sure what to do

Posted: 31 Jan 2018, 2:04 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 547


I haven't visited these forums in a long while. HI My son is 7, we live abroad and I'm homeschooling him. Over the years he has had limited social opportunities, I do what I can to try to get him involved in programs for autistic kids, extracurricular and activities and we get him out on the playgro...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Reality, Fantasy and Speech

Posted: 14 Sep 2016, 12:42 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 1,191


Frankly, I think assigned activities are overrated. I think it's better to engage the kid rather than dictate. The goal of public education is less learning than instilling a respect for order and authority, I think. I'm definitely with you on this, my political and philosophical leanings are towar...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Reality, Fantasy and Speech

Posted: 13 Sep 2016, 11:12 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 1,191


What would happen if you presented "real time" like a school assignment? I assume he understands the concept of schoolwork time, so could you use that? Even if you use the foreign language analogy, it'd be like saying, "foreign language time," and foreign language students trans...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Reality, Fantasy and Speech

Posted: 13 Sep 2016, 10:57 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 1,191


He doesn't see them at all. He is comfortable in his world now, he has no need to engage them. How does he react when you introduce social concepts to him? Can he put himself in the place of others (how would you feel if someone pushed into you?) He may not care. Like you say, he's young and the va...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Reality, Fantasy and Speech

Posted: 13 Sep 2016, 7:40 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 1,191


Thank you all so much for your replies. Whenever my head is spinning on a topic about my boy, I know I can come here and have some real thoughtful input and valuable input based on your experiences as autistic and parents of autistic kids. So thanks again. I'm digesting all the responses. (The star ...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Reality, Fantasy and Speech

 Post subject: Reality, Fantasy and Speech
Posted: 12 Sep 2016, 2:09 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 1,191


Hi. This is a long post- if you can get through it, I really welcome and value your thoughts and input! I posted a long while ago about concerns about my son (now 6 years old) seeming to live in a "fantasy" world. He's a creative kid, loves reading, looking at art, nature/animals and drawi...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Child Care

 Post subject: Re: Child Care
Posted: 16 Mar 2016, 10:38 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 850


I'm really sorry you and your son are going through this. I hope you find a much better place for your son, soon. I went through a similar experience a few years ago when my son was in preschool/daycare. I soon found out that not only were his "caregivers" not following through with our in...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: hesitantly considering adhd meds...

Posted: 14 Jan 2016, 5:16 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,063


I have read about experimenting with caffeine, but never tried it. I don't want to introduce soda into the house and he wouldn't drink coffee I'm pretty sure, even in the form of some heavily sweetened espresso drink. It's interesting because I was just talking to someone who is becoming a health nu...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: hesitantly considering adhd meds...

Posted: 13 Jan 2016, 1:57 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,063


ASDMom, it's ok. I just felt the original contents of my post were being confused a bit, not just by you. It doesn't make much difference, so whatever, I just wanted to be clear. I found the other poster's comments (about asking her son hypothetically about medication) were helpful too, in any case....

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: hesitantly considering adhd meds...

Posted: 12 Jan 2016, 12:49 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,063


Thanks for the additional replies. I'm still digesting. It seems my post about asking my son about his "daydreaming" has been conflated with another poster's experience in asking her son hypothetically about medication. I haven't proposed a "magic pill" to my son or any such thin...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: hesitantly considering adhd meds...

Posted: 11 Jan 2016, 1:52 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,063


Thanks for the replies. This will help me think things over. Some other advice I received that's helpful is that we can always decide to stop the meds if we feel they are not working or making things worse. Somehow this hadn't crossed my mind as I keep feeling like if we make this decision it is cro...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: hesitantly considering adhd meds...

Posted: 09 Jan 2016, 1:32 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,063


Been a while since I visited WP... hello. We had lots of ups and downs last year, I guess as is normal...for anyone! Our biggest challenge lately has been my son's impulsivity and compulsive behaviours he just can't control. I won't go into too much detail, but the types of behaviours are definitely...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: anyone familiar with both Autism and Schizophrenia?

Posted: 12 Oct 2015, 12:15 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 1,096


Thanks for the replies. It is interesting how the "negative" symptoms are so similar. I've bookmarked some reading on this after googling, but no time to read today. I think my curiosity and concern are due to the genetic predisposition both I and my son would have. To the poster who said ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: anyone familiar with both Autism and Schizophrenia?

Posted: 12 Oct 2015, 5:32 am 

Replies: 21
Views: 1,096


I'm just curious if anyone has knowledge on the relation between the two, if there is one. My father had schizophrenia - I'm not sure about the timeline of how it developed for him because I am not in contact with him and I don't talk with my mother about it. I do know that he became highly delusion...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: natural development/progress on the spectrum

Posted: 06 Oct 2015, 6:47 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 1,099


My son has had very little formal therapy or intervention. I mean besides what we his parents have been doing since we noticed his issues early on, around 18 months- and we are always aware and working on things. I know a couple of other kids we know who are similar, on the spectrum and who have bee...
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