has anybody dealt with the people who has autism?

@kylanie (1205)
United States
March 23, 2011 3:49pm CST
I have recently found out that my step grandson has autism and the doctor called to see how he was doing I have not known many doctors who does that the reason I asked is how do disicpline them and do you treat them different as you can tell I am new to this so any help you can give me will help alot thanks in advance.
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• United States
24 Mar 11
I have 2 sons on the spectrum. One is considered classically autistic, he'll be 5 on Friday. The other has Asperger's which is considered a high functioning form of autism. You don't treat him differently. You love him and care for him as you always have. As far as discipline goes, that is up to his parents or primary care giver. They will let you know what is acceptable in regards to him. They should let you know what works and what doesn't while he is in your care. Make sure to talk to them, and especially, to listen and abide by what they ask, whether you agree or not. They are the ones that know him absolutely best and know what will work and what won't. One of the things I also must stress is patience. Keep in mind that most autistics are extremely brilliant. They understand so much more than they are able to express, even if they are verbal. Figuring out how to explain what they are thinking and feeling is very difficult, if not impossible. My son is almost completely non-verbal, however he understands everything that is said to him. However he can't tell us what he is thinking or feeling or what he wants. This makes it so we have to do a bit of guessing, we are also teaching him other ways of communicating like with pictures and sign language.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
1 Apr 11
"My son is almost completely non-verbal, however he understands everything that is said to him." My oldest is the same way.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
26 Mar 11
As far as the love and care of an individual with autism, it is much the same as it is for people that are not on the autistic spectrum. Now, it might be the case that he doesn't like to be touched or physically as interacting as other people and if that is the case do not force him. For some things, there has to be a lot of routine and any occupational therapists that you work with will help you in that arena. I know that for people that are on the autistic spectrum, repetition is the key to making progress.
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@apples99 (6564)
• United States
23 Mar 11
I have a close relative with autism, and for years she didn't have an official diagnosis until she was much older, because she was born before autisim was well known, meaning the family didn't know what she had until much later in her life I'd say she was close to adulthood when her condition finally had a name, and was made official. we always knew something was different about her but we were not sure until she received a diagnosis She has a great spirit and can communicate fairly well but she has some difficulty understanding somethings. as for discipline she received pretty much the same form of discipline every child received in my family. the family treated her the same when it came to discipline but every autistic child is slightly different, and what works for one autistic child may not work for another as I said the family disaplined her the same as the other kids but there are differnt levels of autism and what worked for my family may not work for you, so I recommend getting some profesional advice or finding a support group with other familys with autisim that might be better help for you.
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• Australia
12 Apr 11
Disciplining them in still important but usually smacking wont work, you just have to be very persistat and forgiving sometimes. Also you have to treat them different because they are different, they communicate differently (during early intervention PEC - the picture exchange program or sign language is ususally introduced and just see daily situations differently. But alot of it is normal because they need what every child needs... A family that loves them, a warm safe home, clothes, friends, education and a whole lot of paitence and understanding.