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My son has sleep problems. What can help?

February 17, 2012 55 comments

 Today’s “Got Questions?” response comes from two clinicians in Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN). Neurologist and sleep specialist Sangeeta Chakravorty, M.D., is director of the pediatric sleep program at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh; and psychologist and sleep educator Terry Katz, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and co-founder of the Sleep Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

First, know that you are not alone! Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep through the night. So Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN) clinicians have been studying how to help them sleep better. One result of this research is the Sleep Strategies for Children with Autism: A Parent’s Guide, made possible by the ATN’s participation in the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). Starting next week (Feb. 21), this tool kit will become available for free download from the ATN’s Tools You Can Use webpage.

Here are some of the tips that we and our patients’ parents have found most helpful:

1. First, ask your child’s doctor to screen for any medical issues that may be interfering with sleep.

2. Prepare your child’s bedroom for sleep: Is the temperature comfortable? Does your child like the sheets, blankets and pajamas? A dark bedroom promotes sleep, but your child may need a night light for comfort. If unavoidable noises present a problem, ear plugs or a white noise machine may help. Keep the bed just for sleeping, not for playtime or time outs. And try to keep the environment consistent: e.g. If you use a night light, leave it on all night.

3. Maintain good daytime sleep habits: Have your child wake up around the same time each morning. Try eliminating daytime naps. Help your child get plenty of exercise and sunlight, but avoid vigorous physical activity within three hours of bedtime. Likewise avoid caffeinated food or drink (chocolate, cola, etc.) in the evening.

4. Prepare for bed: Keep bed time consistent, choosing a time when your child will be tired but not overtired. Develop a calm and consistent bedtime routine. Keep the lights low.

5. Consider using a visual schedule to help your child learn and track the bedtime routine.

6. Teach your child to fall asleep without any help from you. If your child is used to sleeping next to you, substitute pillows or blankets. If you can, leave the room. If this is too difficult, stay in the room without touching—for instance in a chair facing away from your child. Over a week or so, slowly move your chair toward the open door—until you’re sitting outside.

7. Teach your child to stay in bed. Set limits about how many times your child is allowed to get out of bed. Use visual reminders such as one or two bathroom and drink cards per night. Put a sign on the inside of the bedroom door to remind your child to go back to bed. If your child does get out of bed, stay calm and put him or her back to bed with as little talking as possible.

8. Reward your child for sleeping through the night, and remind your child of your expectations. Consider drawing a contract of expectations and rewards. Small rewards are best.

Helping Teens Sleep
Like young children, teens need adequate exercise and sunlight and consistent waking and bed times. However, adolescence brings hormonal changes that can delay the onset of sleepiness until late at night. Unfortunately, many middle and high schools start early! Find out if a later class schedule is an option. In any case, work with your teen to set a good bedtime. And teens who drive need to know NEVER to drive when sleepy.

Helpful steps include having your teen finish homework and turn off computer and TV at least 30 minutes before bed. Keep lights low. A light snack before bed can help growing teens sleep through the night. Finally, it’s probably a good idea to remove electronic devices, including TVs, from the bedroom.

Have more sleep questions? Join us for a live webchat with neurologist and autism sleep expert Dr. Beth Ann Malow, M.D., of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, on Feb. 21, from 1 to 2 pm Eastern. Join via the Live Chat tab on left side of our Facebook page

Got more questions? Please send us an email at GotQuestions@autismspeaks.org.

Are there effective medicines for treating core autism symptoms?

December 9, 2011 12 comments


This week’s “Got Questions” answer comes from Joseph Horrigan, MD, Autism Speaks assistant vice president, head of medical research.

First, it’s important to note that medicines for treating autism are most effective when used in conjunction with behavioral therapies. Ideally, medicines are a complement to other treatment strategies.

Medicines for treating autism’s three core symptoms—communication difficulties, social challenges and repetitive behavior—have long represented a huge area of unmet need. Unfortunately, few drugs on the market today effectively relieve these symptoms and none of the options most often prescribed by practitioners work well for every individual.

In fact, while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two drugs for treating irritability associated with the autism (risperidone and aripiprazole), it has yet to approve a medicine for treating autism’s three core characteristics. Nonetheless, medicines such as risperidone and aripiprazole can be beneficial in ways that can ease these core symptoms, because relieving irritability often improves sociability while reducing tantrums, aggressive outbursts and self-injurious behaviors.

The good news is that the range of medication options may soon change, thanks to recent advances in our understanding of the biology that produces autism’s core symptoms. This has made it possible for researchers to begin testing compounds that may help normalize crucial brain functions involved in autism. Early experiments suggest that several compounds with different mechanisms of action have great potential for clinical use, and many are now in clinical trials. [This link takes you to the search engine of the NIH clinical trial network, with results under the search term “autism.”]

Although these developments are exciting and hold real promise for bettering the lives of people with autism, we will have to wait at least a few more years before we know if any of these drug studies produce enough information on safety and effectiveness to merit FDA approval for the treatment of core symptoms.

Today, most medicines prescribed to ease autism’s disabling symptoms are used “off label,” meaning that their FDA approval is for other, sometimes-related conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sleep disturbances or depression. Such off-label use is common in virtually all areas of medicine and is usually done to relieve significant suffering in the absence of sufficiently large and targeted studies.

An example in autism would be the class of medicines known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), including fluoxetine. Several of these medicines are FDA-approved for the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression, in children as well as adults. Although large clinical trials have yet to demonstrate their effectiveness, parents and clinicians have found that they can  ease social difficulties among some people with autism. However, it has proven to be difficult to predict which medicines in this class may produce the greatest benefit for a given patient with autism. Similarly, determining the best dose can be quite challenging.

Another example would be naltrexone, which is FDA-approved for the treatment of alcohol and opioid addictions. It can ease disabling repetitive and self-injurious behaviors in some children and adults with autism.

These medicines do not work for everyone, and all medicines have side effects. And as noted above, each person may respond differently to medicines. In addition, changes in response to a medicine can occur as time goes on, even when the dose is not changed. Over time, some people develop tolerance (when a drug stops being effective) or sensitization (when side effects worsen).

Because using these medications in children and adolescents can be a difficult decision for parents, you may find it helpful to use our Medication Decision Tool Kit, a guide for actively working with a physician to find the approach that fits best with your values and goals. You can download it free here.

These are exciting times in the development of new medicines for relieving autism’s most disabling symptoms, and Autism Speaks is increasing its funding and focus in this promising area, while placing great emphasis on ensuring the safety of promising new medicines. Please stay tuned!

Read more science news and perspective on the Science Page.

Family Services Office Hours – 10.12.11

October 13, 2011 3 comments

Office Hours easily connects families to a wide variety of autism-related resources, including Family Services Tool Kits, and the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, an online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code.

Family Services Office Hours is designed to quickly provide access to resources that are available and free to the entire autism community.

The Office Hours sessions are staffed by ART coordinators who are specially trained to connect families affected by autism to resources.

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Hi There! We are getting ready for Office Hours! Hang on!
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Welcome to Office Hours! Family Services is taking questions and we are here to help offer resources and guidance!
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Comment From Guest  

My son is in an EIBT program and is currently almost 3. Once he turns 3, the school district is wanting to terminate that program and place him in special ed. He’s currently in a reg preschool with a diagnosis of PDD. He definitely still needs an aid to intervene and redirect. The school district is telling me the funding isn’t there. Any suggestions on who to talk to?

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Hello: Budget cuts across the nation are creating fear and apprehension, and there are real budgetary realities that school districts–all districts–must contend with. On the other hand, the district cannot simply provide services because because of budgetary concerns and if any IEP proposes to do so, again, “stay put” comes to the protection of the parents who have no choice but to move formally to protect their child’s program components
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You may want to work with an advocate who can help guide you through this process. Check out our Resource Guide in the Family Services section at.
www.autismspeaks.org
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Comment From shaun lavalley 

ive got a son with assbergers and never got any help dont know wear to go

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Hi Shaun! You have come to the right place. We have an Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit that would be a good place to start.http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/asperger-syndrome-and-high-functioning-autism-tool-kit
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Families whose children have been diagnosed in the last 6 months may request a complimentary hard copy of the 100 Day Kit or the AS/HFA Tool Kit by calling 888-AUTISM2 (888-288-4762) and speaking with an Autism Response Team Coordinator.
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Comment From Guest 

my little girl is 4 an is in headstart she only get 30min of thearapy a week or thats what they tell me and i dont even know what therapy she has been going to school for the past year and hasnt made any progress

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Particularly for children with autism who are often highly distractible, a 30 minute session is not adequate. You may need a private evaluation to measure this problem, and to make recommendations you can then present to the district
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Hi Guest! You will need the school to do an assessment of her strengths and challenges. Based on that assessment you can develop an IEP. You need to get as much information as possible.
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Comment From carla 

my son was recomended to have twice weekly speech, but the school will only give him one, they say its all he needs what can I do

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Hi Carla – you have the right to do an independent evaluation and based on those results you can present that to the IEP Team.
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If you feel differently than the school recommendation, it is best to get an independent evaluation. Parents have the right to recommend therapy and the amount of time the child gets for therapy.
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Comment From melissa  

my little girl is 4 an has autism she is in headstart she only get 30min of thearapy a week or thats what they tell me and i dont even know what therapy she has been going to school for the past year and hasnt made any progress

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Hi Melissa- We answered your question earlier. Do the info we gave help?
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Comment From amy  

Our local school district won’t provide any services for my son because he reads above grade level, so his autism “does not have an educational impact”. He did not speak in sentences at school or write anything. I think that impacts his education, but they kept going back to the reading level.

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Hello Amy – The IEP team members need to be in agreement on the services a child requires. If you feel additional services are needed, ask for an assessment that will give you information about the child’s limitations. Objective data measurements will spell out what services the child requires.
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Comment From melissa 

my daughter is 4 an cant talk she is still in diapers an she is still on the bottle i dont think the school is helping her any what can i do

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Hi Melissa – If your needs are not being met, you have to speak up for your child’s rights. Parents are a VITAL member of the IEP Team! You are your child’s best advocate. Your child is entitled to an education that is tailored to his or her special needs and a placement that will allow them to make educational progress. Here is a link that you may find to be helpful!http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/your-childs-rights
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Comment From Guest 

I have a year old son that attends an Early Interention school for 2 1/2 hours 3 times a week, and during that time they give him a 1/2 our of speech and 1/2 hour of O/T. They speak highly of him and say he is doing great but when I take him to a separate Speech therapy session, he will not cooperate at all screams and cries and hides under the tabe. They suggest I get him a TSS for therapy. I contacted someone they recommended and they sais they have very limited spots available and they are for kids who need 15+ hours or more of TSS services per week. I dont know what to do.

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Hello- It sounds like a professional is making the recommendations for your daughter to receive more services. Ask the professional to put the request in writing, this may give you more leverage to get services faster.
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Comment From Kaydell 

I keep hearing how iPads are making such a difference for some on the Autism Spectrum with the many apps. available. I truly feel that my kiddo would be one of the children that would benefit from this device considering his communication delay. It is a terrible feeling that due to the cost of the iPad I am unable to purchase a device that could make my son’s life easier. Do you know of any organizations that are offering iPads at discounted rates for families in need?

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Hi Kaydell – You are right! iPads have benefited a large part of the autism community. We are thrilled to be giving away iPads in 2012, but you can also find other organizations that do as well. It is just at different times of the year, and you have to keep track! Some parents have negotiated with their school districts to get iPads for their children because they are considered a communication device.
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We have a Community Connections ‘Technology and Autism’ that can give you more information!http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/community-connections/technology-and-autism
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Comment From Heidi 

What kind of resources are there in the Pittsburgh PA area for transitioning a child to a new home environment? Any recommendations in making this as easy as possible for my 6 yr old Autistic? FAS grandson.

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Hi Heidi-Sounds like your grandson is moving to a new home, yes, this will require some thought and a transitional plan. I would recruit your grandchild’s school and home team to put a plan in place, and one that can be implemented in different environments.
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Here is our Resource Guide where you can search for services in your state! http://www.autismspeaks.org/resource-guide
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Comment From rachel

was pic day at school, she hated it, first she had somewere els to go, then she saw th dredded line, then it was crouded, then she was made to sit and tri to be happy… ha the photagrapher thankfully was paciant and took 4 pics. or els she would of had a prfessinal pic of her with a angy face and a sock in the air.. lol just wanted to share, thanks for everything you guys r doing

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Comment From Michelle

the communication device would fall under the IEP as assistive technology.

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Hi Rachel! Sounds like a crazy day! Picture day isn’t easy for anyone! Thanks for joining us and your support!
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yes, I have been hearing more and more about iPads being approved by districts. Its certainly worth a try.
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Comment From marisa

My two year old was recently diagnosed with autism & he’s not speaking yet. Any tips/ books on communicating especially for potty training?

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Hi Marisa – If your son was newly diagnosed the 100 Day Kit will be a helpful resource. It was created specifically for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child’s diagnosis of autism.http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/100-day-kit
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You may want to speak to your speech therapist about ways you can work on your child’s communication at home
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As for potty training… that is a major challenge families with autism face. This book by Ashley Hickey, ‘Successful Potty Training,’ is also helpful.http://www.autismspeaks.org/resource/successful-potty-training
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Our Science Team recently tackled this question and you can find what they came up with here!http://blog.autismspeaks.org/2011/09/23/has-anyone-studied-how-to-help-toilet-train-children-with-asd-2/
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Comment From Michelle

I personally found that sign language can help give them a language until the speech therapist and your child can work on the verbal language. There are easy signs for bathroom, food etc that will help take some of the daily frustration away.

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Comment From kevin

i am having an issue with my 10 yr old son, 5th grader in school.. he is a good student, but it something happens during the day that doesnt go his way, sh just shuts down and becomes defiant to teachers and the principal, he is diagnosed with Aspergers

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hi Kevin, We have 2 resources you may want to check out. The first is the School Community Tool Kit
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The Aspergers Syndrome/ High Functioning Autism Tool kit is also available online. The link is in the above post.
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Comment From Guest

i will definetly look into this, but are there any programs that are in the monmouth county// ocean county area in NJ

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Hi Guest! You can search our Resource Guide by your state!http://www.autismspeaks.org/resource-guide
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Hello – Your questions are right on! We have a few resources that will help to answer your questions. You can access the the IEP guide at
http://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/iep_guide.pdf
The other resource is the WrightsLaw website:http://www.wrightslaw.com/
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Comment From Michelle

I feel for you kevin, my 13 yr old will do the same thing, but it has gotten better. He has improved, keep working with your son. Today he had a terrible meltdown, but it is his first one this school year. All the others have been slight refusals and then he finally did the work. So there is hope

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Hi Tashalee – You are doing the right thing by having your child evaluated. The earlier your child get diagnosed the better. You can begin early intervention and it will make all the difference. He is our 100 Day Kit created specifically for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child’s diagnosis of autism or AS/HFA.
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Comment From Tashalee

MY 2yr old goes for evaluation next week, we are preparing for what we already know, it all makes sense now. He does’t say much a few words, how do I help he and whats this about Ipads helping?

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Comment From brenda

what do you tell fmaily whos not really been in your childs life for years then all of a sudden they pop in but dont want to do the tthings u suggest with your child?

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Hi Brenda- The Autism Speaks Family Support Tool Kits: Parents, Siblings, Grandparents and Friends will be published this week in eSpeaks. The Guides cover the emotional reactions to having a family member with autism. The question you are asking is covered in the Parent’s Guide. Make sure you check out eSpeaks on Friday.
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Comment From Tashalee

Thank you, its so wonderful to know that we are not alone.

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Tashalee you can always come to us for support! Please check out our Blog: blog.autismspeaks.org and visit our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/autismspeaks for more community!
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Comment From Guest

We live in Spencer Iowa, and have 2 boys (8yrs and 13 yrs) on the spectrum. We have a couple support groups semi locally and they are helpful, but I am looking for someone that can help me advocate for my children. The support groups have a lot of advice but I don’t know if I am not asking for or requesting for help in the right way. I will admit I can get very wound up, and boisterous when I don’t feel like I am being listened to. I was hoping you can put me in touch with some on who can help me by telling me if I am unreasonable in my request, or possibly join our IEP meetings to back me.

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Hi Guest! You are not being unreasonable at all in requesting to have an advocate in your IEP meeting. You can search our Resource Guide by your state to find an advocate in your area!http://www.autismspeaks.org/resource-guide
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You can also check out our IEP Guide for further information:http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/community-connections/back-to-school
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Comment From Amy

We live in Spencer Iowa, and have 2 boys (8yrs and 13 yrs) on the spectrum. We have a couple support groups semi locally and they are helpful, but I am looking for someone that can help me advocate for my children. The support groups have a lot of advice but I don’t know if I am not asking for or requesting for help in the right way. I will admit I can get very wound up, and boisterous when I don’t feel like I am being listened to. I was hoping you can put me in touch with some on who can help me by telling me if I am unreasonable in my request, or possibly join our IEP meetings to back me. Thank you

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We are so excited to welcome Jed Baker to chat with us on Friday! Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems.
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Well thanks to everyone who participated! Our hour has come to an end! You can always call the Autism Response Team (ART) members are specially trained to connect families with information, resources and opportunities.Call us at 888-AUTISM 2 (288-4762) or email us atfamilyservices@autismspeaks.org.
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Have a great day!

Family Services Offices Hours – 8/10/11

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

The Family Services Department at Autism Speaks will now offer online Office Hours each Wednesday, starting August 3, 2011, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

Office Hours, a new resource available on the web at www.autismspeaks.org will easily connect families to a wide variety of autism-related resources, including Family Services’ Toolkits, and the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, an online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. Family Services’ Office Hours is designed to quickly provide access to resources that are available and free to the entire autism community.

“Having a family member with autism can easily lead to feeling isolated without knowing where to turn. In addition, most families have little free time to search for reliable information about autism, yet they may be in need of timely information. Office Hours offers a quick connection to the Autism Response Team(ART) who can assist you in getting the information you need as quickly as possible,” states Marianne Sullivan, Assistant Director of National Outreach and Resources.

The Office Hours resource is staffed by ART coordinators who are specially trained to connect families affected by autism to resources.

In addition to Office Hours, ART is available by telephone during usual business hours at 888-AUTISM 2 (888-288-4762). You can also reach ART by email at familyservices@autismspeaks.org.

Here is the transcript:

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Welcome to Office Hours offered by the Family Services Department at Autism Speaks. Today’s Office Hours is staffed by Marianne Sullivan, RN, MN, Assistant Director of National Outreach and resources.
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The transition from summer back to school can be tough for everyone, especially for parents of kids with autism? Do you have questions about how to smooth the transition back to school? What can you do to prepare over the next few weeks?
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Comment From Marilyn nunez

What is considered an appropriate education plan for a 6 year old boy diagnosed with pdd nos and adhd combined type? He did veru well in kindergarten almost all E’s on his report card terranova scores

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Hi Marilyn – IDEA provides a free public appropriate education program for children with special needs. Each child is entitled to a program that is tailored to their special needs and a placement that allows them to make reasonable progress with no cost to the family
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A plan for your 6 year-old will depend on what his needs are
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That is wonderful that he received all E’s on his report card! We are glad he is doing well, just keep understanding what his needs are so he can keep making progress
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Comment From Angela Grullon

My son was just diagnosed with autism, he will be attending school for the first time in september. How can i make his transitioning easier since he will be going 5 days a week from 8 to 2. He just turned 3 years old.

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Hi Angela
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This can be a very difficult time of adjustment for your son. It is great that you are trying to make the transition easier for your son. There are a few things you can do to prepare
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The School Community Tool Kit provides information and resources for general education and administrative school staff to support a positive school experience for children with autism.
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Here are some tips for younger students
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There is a wonderful Paula Kluth article that has great suggestions for parents getting ready for school
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Comment From Angela

My daughter is an 8 year old ppd nos with ADD – high functioning autism. She is in a regular 3rd grade class. We had quite a few issues with behavior and working with others last school year. The doctor keeps bringing up the topic of meds, but right now im against that. Do you know of any resources in memphis, tn? I work so hard to find her things she can fit in. Any suggestions on what I can keep doing with the school to make sure my child receives a quality education?

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Hi Angela, how are you?
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If your child was just diagnosed with autism please check out our 100 Day Kit
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Oops sorry! We got ahead of ourselves
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Here is our Resource Guide for Tennesseehttp://www.autismspeaks.org/community/fsdb/state.php?sid=21
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It is very important to work with the IEP Team if it is necessary to understand your child’s behaviors to request a behavioral assessment
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Hi Angela Grullon – here is our 100 Day Kit
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The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit and the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit were created specifically for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child’s diagnosis of autism or AS/HFA.
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Comment From Katie

My 14 year-old sister with Aspergers and ADHD will be starting public high school next week. She has not been in school since December (homeschooled) or public school in 2 years (private, homebound, homeschool). How can we help her make a sucessful transition to a very different environment?

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Hi Katie! It is terrific that you are thinking ahead – preparing for a successful transition will make all the difference
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There are a lot of great articles that can act as a resource for you
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Comment From Angela Grullon

Another question. He has this repetitive behavior where he runs back and forth throughout the day, just running.

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Hi Again! We suggest that you meet with your IEP team and request a behavioral assessment so that the team will have a better understanding of the behaviors and how to intervene. It is all in the consistency of implementing the behavior plan!
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Hi Katie – you can also look to our Transition Tool Kit
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The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood.
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You can download this kit as well for FREE!
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Comment From Gabriel

Hello

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Comment From Gabriel

I have a 25 years old brother who is nothing productive.

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Hi Gabriel
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You may also want to check out the Transition Tool Kit
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We are working with on Adult Services because there is such a need. Please also visit Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA)
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We are working to bring more focus on this topic as more children with autism are becoming adults. We are looking for a program that focuses on life skills and independent living would be a plus
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Also, check with the Department of Rehabilitation in your community. They should have programs for adults with autism
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Comment From Dena

How can i help my 7 year old son, with his emotions. i know he is going to cry those first few days back to school. He will be in mainstream 1st grade. Even though his has the Autism diagnosis, they say he no longer needs to be in the ASD classroom, nor need a para pro. I’m a little nervous about this.

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Hi Dena
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Even though your son is not in a special needs classroom he has a right to special needs services.
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Under IDEA parents are a vital part of the IEP process and your input should be taken very seriously, even though your child is not in an autism specific classroom. You have the right to request your child has certain services provided
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I suggest you read IDEA and understand your rights and the process that is involved in working with your school district
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You should also visit our page, ‘Your Child’s Rights’ to help with this matter. http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/your-childs-rights
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Comment From Gabriel

The Department of Rehabilation said he is low-level skill

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Gabriel don’t give up hope
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Continue to search your community for the rights that your brother is entitled to. You are doing the right thing and I know your brother will appreciate all of the support
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Having a family member with autism is a lifelong pursuit of finding the best possible fit. Hang in there – you are doing a great job!
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Comment From Guest

how can i make the transition to kinder for my son easy? he use to have an assistant and now he won’t. plus he was not accepted for summer school, so i think it is going to be hard on him to go to school full day.

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If you check our our Community Connections you will be able to find some great articles from professionals on how to make this transition easier. http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/community-connections/back-school-its-transition-time
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A suggestion that has worked well for parents, is to meet with the teacher prior to the start of school, to introduce your child. Put together some documents that share your child’s strengths and some successes they have had in the classroom
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It is also helpful to offer some books on autism. Your child’s teacher may not know the latest autism teaching techniques and they may find it helpful
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Paula Kluth’s book, “You’re Going to Love This Kid!: Teaching Children with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom” is a great resource
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Stay positive – back to school can be tough for everyone. But is a great time to be hopeful and optimistic about the year to come!
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Comment From bobbylee

when my son comes home with home work what might take another kid 30mins is taking my son 2 hrs… how can i address this with his teachers with out looking like i want them to take “pity on him”?

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Hi Bobbylee
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The best thing you can do is open lines of communication with your son’s teacher
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Start with a brief meeting discussing the issue of homework. See if there are small adjustments that can be made. Hopefully the teacher will be a good listener and will work with you on addressing the fact that homework is taking longer than it should
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Once the teacher realizes that you are here to help and want to address these issues, many of these problems become easier to solve
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Comment From kendra

I am having a problem with my daughter the teachers talked me into having her go to a different school than the one i had chosen saying it would be a better fit for her. now they are telling me because they have no room they are going to have to send her to this other school (the school i did niot want her to go to at all) because of the comments madre from other people in my asd parent group please help

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Hi Kendra
1:31
As a parent – you are the person that knows your child the best.
1:32
You have every right to bring these issues to the IEP team
1:32
You are a vital part of the IEP process and you cannot be brushed off.
1:33
If you are not happy with the decisions that have been made you may have to consult with an advocate or an attorney. In our Resource Guide we have a directory of advocates and attorneys in your area
1:34
You can also refer to our Special Education and Advocacy Community Connections
1:35
Comment From Dixie

Hi there, is the school tool kit specific to the States, I am writing from Canada and am hoping for something like this for my daughters school

1:35
Hi Dixie – we have an Autism Speaks Canada
1:35
You can contact them here -http://www.autismspeaks.ca/contact-us
1:37
Here is a link to their Family Services Database -http://www.autismspeaks.ca/family-services-database/reset
1:37
Comment From vanessa

is there something that i can do to help my son understand that not all the toys he sees he can have? he is autistic troughs tam trams everywhere.

1:38
Hi Vanessa – you have to figure out what the triggers are for the tantrums
1:38
I suggest your start by using social stories to prepare your child for a visit on a shopping trip
1:38
It is all in the preparation. You can get photos of the store and items that he can have and can’t have so he will better know what to expect
1:40
‘The New Social Story Book’ by Carol Gray would be a great resource for you to use
1:42
Comment From Joyce

We are at the point with are Grandson who is non-verbal, looking into the ipad to communicate with each other. Any recommendations on where and how to get one free or cheap?

1:42
Hi Joyce
1:43
There are sites that do exist that give away these iPads, but as you can imagine, they are in very high demand. iPads are a proven resource as a communication tool for people with autism. You can check here http://itaalk.org/
1:44
Put your name on every list and don’t lose hope. We also produced a ‘Technology and Autism’ that you may find helpful
1:44
Comment From eleanor

i have a 7 yr daughter non verbal and she has had a paro pro for 4 yrs and now they want to change her and give her a aid that knows nothing about autisum very nervice

1:45
Hi Eleanor – we would recommend offering books and resources about autism. Inform the new aid about your child’s unique strengths.
1:46
You have to communicate with your aid and keep them updated and over time you should see progress
1:46
Here are some links from our School Community Toolkit that will be helpful
1:47
With training and support, this aid may turn out to be a great fit with your child. Stay positive!
1:48
Comment From Dixie

My daughter is in senior kindergarten, she is neither high or low functioning, she is just in the middle. She has lost her educational assistant because of this. I am not allowed to send professionals in to consult with the classroom helper for confidentiality reasons. Everything is a hurdle. She is not recogized by her school board as having autism, even though she has a diagnosis. She has no IEP. She is slipping through the cracks and I feel I cannot properly advocate for her. Any suggestions, or more important, what exactly are her rights?

1:48
Hi Dixie – we recommend meeting with an advocate or attorney.
1:49
You can search the Resource Guide by your state to find a legal representative or advocate
1:50
Comment From Marilyn nunez

Any resources out there for advocating on school issues?

1:50
Hi Marilyn, you can just check the links above. Thanks so much for joining!
1:53
When asked, “How can parents work with their teachers?’ One of the best responses I have heard was from Paula Kluth
1:53
She suggests creating a short portfolio, pamphlet, or even a video for the teach. You want to give the teachers some idea on how to work with the new student.
1:54
Again, the idea is to give teachers a well-rounded view of your child.
1:54
You can find more suggestions from Paula atwww.paulakluth.com
1:55
Comment From Michelle

Is it possible to overload our child with services?

1:55
Hi Michelle – the important thing is that you know your child best. You must understand what he or she’s needs are.
1:56
Some kids need less, some need more, but as a parents advocate it is your responsibility to keep what is best for the child in mind.
1:56
Your child is lucky to have you as a parent who can monitor their response to services
1:57
As a parent you have an opportunity to play a vital row in your child’s life.
1:57
We would like to invite you all to subscribe to our ‘Community Connections’ newsletter
1:58
This month we will be focusing on ‘Back to School’
1:58
Community Connections, published monthly by the Autism Speaks Family Services team, aims to increase opportunities and awareness for people with autism and their families in their local communities.Each month’s newsletter explores a relevant topic with practical tips on dealing with everyday situations, links to local resources, and stories from experts and families who share their successful experiences.
1:59
Thank you all so much for coming to Office Hours. Please join us again next Wednesday. Keep us posted on your progress and remember to stay positive as you embark on the new school year!

Autism Speaks Family Services Office Hours 8/3/11

August 4, 2011 5 comments

The Family Services Department at Autism Speaks will now offer online Office Hours each Wednesday, starting August 3, 2011, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT

Office Hours, a new resource available on the web at www.autismspeaks.org will easily connect families to a wide variety of autism-related resources, including Family Services’ Toolkits, and the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, an online national database of autism providers and resources searchable by state and zip code. Family Services’ Office Hours is designed to quickly provide access to resources that are available and free to the entire autism community.

“Having a family member with autism can easily lead to feeling isolated without knowing where to turn. In addition, most families have little free time to search for reliable information about autism, yet they may be in need of timely information. Office Hours offers a quick connection to the Autism Response Team(ART) who can assist you in getting the information you need as quickly as possible,” states Marianne Sullivan, Assistant Director of National Outreach and Resources.

The Office Hours resource is staffed by ART coordinators who are specially trained to connect families affected by autism to resources.

In addition to Office Hours, ART is available by telephone during usual business hours at 888-AUTISM 2 (888-288-4762). You can also reach ART by email at familyservices@autismspeaks.org.

Here is the transcript:

12:50
Welcome to Office Hours offered by the Family Services Department at Autism Speaks. 
Today’s office Hours is staffed by Marianne Sullivan, RN, MN, Assistant Director of National Outreach and resources.Hello and Welcome to our new resource Family Services Office Hours
Today, I would be happy to assist you to find autism related information and connect you with Autism Speaks resources found in the Family Services section of our webpage.
12:52
Comment From Dr Lance

Hi – Do you have any resources, esp online resources for parents of Autistic kids who want to home school their child, esp middle school kids

12:53
Hi Dr. Lance! Check our the Resource – you can search by state and zip code in over 50 categories
12:54
Here are some tips on how to use the Guide:
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Click on your state. A list of categories will appear. Choose a category of interest and search results will appear.Results display in alphabetical order. You can refine your search by entering the zip code and radius (miles) of a specific area. This result will include surrounding areas and states.For a mapped result of resources, click on map, in the distance column. Each resource is represented as a map marker, which when clicked displays the address of the resource.***To submit a service to the Autism Speaks Resource Guide, or update an existing entry, click here.
12:55
Comment From Dr Lance

thanks – I tried that

12:55
Were you not able to find what you were looking for?
12:57
Comment From DJ

As the school year nears and I take more notice of how my 8 year old with Autism has regressed a bit and his behavior has altered some, I’m struggling with the delicate balance of what is CODDLING and what is UNDERSTANDING when it comes to his behavior, reactions and his meltdowns. Any tips?

12:57
Hi DJ
12:57
We actually have a Community Connections on the transition back to school here: http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/community-connections/back-school-its-transition-time
12:58
You may find this helpful. Our next eNewsletter will be published on August 18th and we will be updating all of this information
1:00
Comment From DJ

Thanks, I’ll check that out! He’s a very sweet and understanding boy, and I think I struggle with his returning to school more than he does, but we had a horrible experience with his 1st grade teacher and it’s made me so gunshy of new teachers and even new students, as she allowed them to make fun of him with no consequence.

1:00
Comment From CIndy Goffus

Hi, My son is 19 autistic and mr, he lives in avella pa, washington co., his exit iep from public school is on aug 30 2011, he doesn’t want to go till 21, he wants to work at gainful employment–he was working at job lifes work while in school–that stopped at end of school yr 2011, he had his meeting monday with Supports cord-for ISP info……can you tell me how to get funding for paid transportation for him to get back and forth to work…..and how to get job search help and job coah to get him acclimated to his work schedule and routine-for him…he wants to work in a local fish market-Wholey’s-in pgh pa. thanks so much….

1:00
Hi Cindy – Autism Speaks has developed a Transition Tool Kit. I recommend that you go online and order a FREE copy of it
1:01
I think you will find this very helpful
1:02
Comment From Guest

I am working on potty training my daughter who is mildly autistic. Do you have any suggestions or tips

1:03
Hi Guest – we have put together a Resource Library and there are new books that are excellent with the topic of potty training
1:04
Comment From BreeAnn Davis

I have a son who is non verbal most of the time, but we keep getting denied by our local state grants to buy him some communication devices. Any ideas on other places we can look? We cannot afford to buy him one on our own.

1:05
Hi BreeAnn – the communication device may be required through the IEP process. Going through your school district is a good place to start
1:06
If it is required for him as a way to access his education, then the school should be responsible
1:06
Check out this Community Connections on how advocacy can make all the difference! http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/community-connections/advocacy-can-make-all-difference
1:08
Comment From melissa

can i ask for a para pro for my son in his iep and get one even if the school states theres “no funding”

1:08
Read through this section of ‘Your Child’s Rights’http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/your-childs-rights
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This will help guide you further!
1:09
Comment From Guest

Where can a college bound child on the spectrum get grant / financial assistance for college in Idaho?

1:10
HI Guest – here is the page for your statehttp://www.autismspeaks.org/community/fsdb/state.php?sid=16
1:11
Think College is also a great option to look athttp://www.thinkcollege.net/index.php
1:12
Comment From Ginny

Hi, My son is 5 and was just diagnosed PDD NOS. Where can I have information mailed to me on this autism spectrum disorder?

1:13
Ginny you have come to the right place!
1:13
The 100 Day Kit was created specifically for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following your son’s diagnosis
1:14
You can also call the Autism Response Team at at 888-AUTISM 2 (288-4762)
1:14
Comment From Joseph Rose

California has IHSS, a program that essentially pays a parent to stay home to take care of a child with Autism. Is there an equivalent in Pennsylvania? I am home with my son all day, and I am struggling.

1:16
Hey Joseph – have you checked our our Resource Guide for Pennsylvania?
1:16
You may find that our Home & Community-Based Waivers section will be helpful
http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/fsdb/category.php?sid=45&cid=78
1:17
Comment From Joseph Rose

just got it open

1:17
Comment From laura

I have a 2 year old little boy who has shown sighns of autisum since he was born we are fighting with his physitianas well as his neuralogist about having him refered for testing. is there a way to have him tested with out their referal.

1:18
ABSOLUTELY! You do not need an early referral to early intervention services
1:18
What state are you in?
1:19
Search this map and it is right at the top of the page – ‘Early Intervention Services’
1:19
Comment From laura

we live in arkansas

1:19
This page should be especially helpful -http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/fsdb/category.php?sid=5&cid=83
1:20
Comment From Amy

Is there assistance for adults with autism who have reached 18 years of age and are being denied SSI benefits?

1:20
Hi Amy -there is assistance for adults with autism and you will be able to get guidance with the Transition Tool Kit
1:21
Remember you 
1:21
Guest – we have more college information for you!
1:25
Comment From Joseph Rose

I’ve heard about families getting an “Autism Advocate” to help with various issues, getting services, etc. I haven’t had much luck in finding out exactly what that is and how to get one.

1:25
You may be able to find an ‘Autism Advocate’ here.http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/fsdb/category.php?sid=45&cid=68
1:26
Comment From Jaz

Are there resources in Florida in order to seek an adult diagnosis?

1:27
Hi Jaz – you should look into getting a diagnosis from a psychiatrist or psychologist who has the experience in diagnosing adults with autism. You may want to check out our Resource Guide here:http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/fsdb/category.php?sid=12&cid=110
1:29
Comment From laura

thank you. Michael is currently in EI,OT,PT and speach. we just want to make sure we are getting him all the help he needs

1:30
It is key to know your child’s rights. That way you will be able to get all the services he needs and be able to properly advocate for him. Visit this page to learn more:http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/fsdb/category.php?sid=12&cid=110
1:30
Comment From Oma

I take care of my 5 year old grandson who was diagnosed with Autism last year. He has made tremendous progress but one thing we just can’t seem to get is him staying dry at night and during rest time. He is trained otherwise during the day and rarely has an accident. He also has big problems with chronic constipation… Any tips on how to help him stay dry? He wears pull ups at night… but not during naptime.

1:31
Hi Oma – This may be something that your grandson’s pediatrician can help with. They may be able to refer you to another specialist to get the proper help he needs
1:31
Good for you in trying to understand the problem. You are a great grandparent advocate!
1:32
Comment From Cindy

thanks for the tool kit–printing now and will sit back and red it this afternoon….much appreciated…….

1:32
That is great Cindy!
1:33
Comment From Oma

I will ask again. when I go to my new pediatrician. The last one gave medication for it, which my grandson hated and I ended up not giving. He is very sensitive to taste and smells and this stuff was awful…

1:33
Comment From Oma

I hope his new pediatrician will be able to help further.

1:33
What you are doing is right. You know your grandson best and continue to work and see what methods agree best with him
1:34
I’d like to invite everyone to sign up for our Community Connections newsletter
1:34
Community Connections, published monthly by the Autism Speaks Family Services team, aims to increase opportunities and awareness for people with autism and their families in their local communities.Each month’s newsletter explores a relevant topic with practical tips on dealing with everyday situations, links to local resources, and stories from experts and families who share their successful experiences.
1:35
This month’s Community Connections will be able ‘Back to School’ and how best to ease the transition for your child with autism
1:36
Comment From Oma

One last question, do you have any advise on how to make dentist visits easier?

1:36
Yes we do! The Dental Tool Kit!
1:37
Oral health is a very important component of healthy daily living. But for some children with autism, oral health habits can be challenging. Autism Speaks has teamed up with Colgate and Philips-Sonicare to create a dental guide and video to provide tips for improving oral hygiene at home, as well as information about how parents and dental professionals can make a visit to the dentist’s office less stressful and more productive. Our hope is that this guide will provide information for families to help begin a lifetime of good oral care.
1:37
Comment From Mae

I live in Ga, my grandson is 10 years old, could you please tell me where I can find assistance with medical and doctors visits. Where can I find support in my area I live in a small town..

1:37
Hi Mae – Autism Speaks Resource Guide is available online
1:38
Because you live in a small town, be sure to adjust the radius when searching by your zip code.

1:39
What type of assistance are you referring to? Financial or identifying professionals?
1:39
Comment From Sara

my son Andrew 2 1/2 just passed away he had ASD and epilepsy, and there is no transition assistance no foundations I could find to help single parents or parents who were not able to work due to caring for thier child, are there foundations that help financially in my area churches donate to CARES but they help $50 for rent or electric but not both… What am I to do?

1:40
Hi Sara – first let me say how sorry I am about your loss. Here at Autism Speaks we care about you and your family
1:40
AutismCares provides support for families affected by autism during natural disasters and other catastrophic life events. AutismCares helps families to cover costs associated with critical living expenses such as housing, utilities, car repair, day care, funeral expenses, and other essential items on a case-by-case basis.
1:41
Comment From Oma

This is awesome! Thank you! I signed up for your newsletter too. I am so grateful for all these resources. Caring for my grandson is an ongoing learning experience and all of this helps tremendously.

1:41
Great Oma! We are so happy we can help!
1:42
Comment From Amanda

I have a 6yr old son who was diagnosed 3yrs ago. We just moved from wisconsin to saint paul minnesota. I am having trouble finding a new doctor and programs here. Any ideas

1:43
It is best to get out in the community. Calling local agencies and talking with other parents are often the best ways to get a referral
1:44
Comment From Sara

Are there any grievance assistance for the loss of an ASD child?

1:44
Sara what you are doing is right and it is very important for you do to. You must take care of yourself. Seek a professional counselor in your local community
1:45
Comment From Mae

finincial and different support group with special help

1:46
Finding other families in your community affected by autism is truly the best way to get support
1:46
and also help to identify local agencies who can help. Being part of this chat is also a great thing to do!
1:46
Come back next Wednesday!
1:47
Comment From Sara

Thank you for your assistance he passed on the 23rd of July and everything seems unreal…

1:48
We are here to offer as much support as we can. Please be sure to contact AutismCares to help with financial assistance. Also please seek counseling in your local community
1:48
Comment From Angela

My son was diagnosed last week with high functioning Autism, he will be 4 Aug 25. Not potty trained yet among other things, any tips on potty training??

1:49
You can order the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit for FREE http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/asperger-syndrome-and-high-functioning-autism-tool-kit
1:49
You should be able to find tips about potty training there
1:50
Comment From Mae

I will come back chat has been very helpful.

1:50
Good we are so glad!
1:50
Comment From DeLanie Brewer

My son is 16, moderately autistic but 95% non-verbal at the moment, and within the last year has developed several patterns that look less autistic and more O.C.D.ish. Also, at the same time, although his speech has never been great– he’s gone from being about 60% non-verbal.. to about 95% to sometimes we cant get anything out of him. He tries, but it’s as if he cant the word out. Then, when he does it becomes like a “tick” that he repeats over and over for about a minute- literally. We’ve done brai scans… which were normal. Everyone I’ve talked to here in Okc is clueless- as am I. Any advice…?

1:50
Hi Delanie – you must keep searching for a professional that can meet his needs and help to sort this out.
1:51
You can order it here for FREE!
1:51
Are you in Oklahoma?
1:53
The Autism Treatment Network was established as the nation’s first network of hospitals and physicians aiming to bridge gaps in knowledge and understanding and to improve treatment for individuals with autism.
1:53
Comment From DeLanie Brewer

Yes

1:54
There isn’t a location in Oklahoma, but you may want to seek the closest one for a referral
1:54
Comment From DeLanie Brewer

What kind of professional would you suggest..? He is on state medicaid– so our resources are pretty limited

1:55
I think a psychiatrist or other specialist would best understand the overlapping conditions
1:56
Comment From Robbin

Hello: I have a daughter who is 19 years old. She was diagnosed as ADD. She started college 2 years ago about an hour and a half away from where we live. She had a real hard time adjusting and locked herself away in her room without going to any of her classes for two months. She anxiety when it comes to speaking with people and has been exhibiting some Autistic like behaviors. We also have a son who is 16 with Aspergers and my daughter stated that she has some of the same feelings as he does. Nevertheless, we are beginning to think that she may have Aspergers also and was just misdiagnosed. Where can I get her evaluated for Autism as an Adult? We live in NC

1:57
Hi Robin – why don’t you try getting a referral from your daughter’s primary care physician?
1:58
You should also check out our Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/asperger-syndrome-and-high-functioning-autism-tool-kit
1:59
Comment From Maribeth

My son 8 yrs old and newly diagnosed with ASD. We are trying to find OT for him, to help with his handwriting and social skills. There isn’t ANYWHERE in our county that takes our insurance. How do people find help when they can’t pay $70 or more per sesion?

1:59
Hi Maribeth – you should visit our Resource Guide to find an OT for him. Have you requested OT through the school district?
2:00
You can search the Guide according to your state
2:01
The costs of services can become outrageous. Luckily, we have the folks at Autism Votes working to represent autism familieshttp://www.autismvotes.org/site/c.frKNI3PCImE/b.3909853/k.BE44/Home.htm.
2:01
We are so happy you all chose to visit our ‘Office Hours.’
2:02
It is so important for people to get meaningful information that is updated and readily available to help you in the day-to-day.
2:02
Comment From Maribeth

I am hoping that we will be able to get him help through the school. I have a meeting set up, but from what I am told, it is very difficult to get approved for it where we live. (palm beach county). It is mild, so I am trying to prepare myself ifthey don’t approve it

2:02
Way to go Maribeth! You are doing the right thing, just try and stay positive and keep advocating!
2:03
Be sure to check out our page of Tool Kits here:http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits
2:04
Comment From Oma

Thank you for providing this service. It’s great to see others’ questions, too, and to see your answers. I downloaded quite a few things just from following the links.

2:05
We are glad you are using our resources!
2:05
Keep us posted on your progress!
2:06
Comment From DeLanie Brewer

This is sooo cool, THANK YOU!!! I don’t know why, but I’m sitting here in tears. –Thank you!

2:07
No, DeLanie Thank you for joining! Be sure you are all taking care of yourselves. This is a lifetime of advocacy and sometimes you just need a break.
2:08
We are always here to help point you in the right direction. Never hesitate to call the Autism Response Team. Call us at 888-AUTISM 2 (288-4762) or email us atfamilyservices@autismspeaks.org
2:09
We have noticed there are several adult questions. Recently, Peter Bell was featured on PBS’s ‘Need To Know’ and he covered this topic. To watch the segment visit our Blog.http://blog.autismspeaks.org/2011/08/02/peter-bell-featured-on-pbss-need-to-know/
2:12
We have also been creating discussion around ‘Topic of the Week.’ This week, we are preparing to head back to school. Visit our Blog and tell us how you prepare!http://blog.autismspeaks.org/2011/08/01/back-to-school/
2:15
Comment From sarah

hi i live in england. i have a 3 and a half year old son with autism. our family is under continues stress, all due to my sons behaviour, he is still not talking propley and has lots of tantrums due to his different understanding. i need help but have nowhere to turn.

2:16
Hi Sarah – you can check out the 100 Day Kit. Be sure to start building a team of professionals that can assist you and your family. We know if can be very stressful, but assembling a team of professionals you can trust and that understand your son is key
2:16
Realize that there are going to be bad days but keep searching and don’t give up.
2:17
It will make all the difference in the world when you find professionals that know your son’s needs
2:18
Comment From Jamie

My daughter has serious texture/gag reflex issues with her mouth. It really limits her food… any advice?

2:18
Hi Jamie – are you working with a professional that can offer you advice? Diet and nutrition is so important and this should be addressed by a professional.
2:19
Here is a link to the Diet and Nutrition section of our Resource Library: http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-library/diet-nutrition
2:20
Comment From Jamie

Thanks. Is this something a pediatrician would know, or do I need to have someone specializing in Autism?

2:20
Your pediatrician should be able to refer you to a nutritionist that may have experience in both feeding issues and autism.
2:21
Comment From Jamie

Thanks so much!

2:21
Your welcome!
2:21
Comment From Guest

hi! The only problem my son doesn’t seem to have is eating!! He does, however, have a vocabulary of zero and looks like a third-base coach with his sign language. He’s working with a speech teacher but we seem to be at a stand-still… are there any suggestions or resources that you can recommend to help us develop his speech more?

2:22
Well you must ask, “Why is he at a stand still?” As a parent you always ask why is he not making progress with his speech.
2:23
The discussion should be between you and professionals trying to figure what ways can help drive his speech development. Sometimes it can be can be frustrating, but just be sure to understand what his issues are.
2:24
Comment From Guest

My son is now 19 and he wants to fit in with other young people however, they simply take advantage of him and manipulate him into things that are destructive and hurtful to him. Still, he wants to be with them. How can I get him to see the danger? How do I NOT lose patience? He has always been this way. ANYONE can manipulate him, take his property and coerce him into doing things.

2:24
This is so hard for a parent to watch. You must help him develop self-advocacy skills.
2:25
The Transition Tool Kit covers the importance of self-advocacy skills.
2:26
Comment From Amber

my son is 6 and entering 1st grade. I worry about his aggression. He is currently taking Stratera. Any thoughts or suggestions?

2:27
Hi Amber – it is important that you communicate these feelings with your IEP team. Everyone must be on the same page about addressing his aggression issues
2:27
You should seek to have a behavioral therapist work with your son on this
2:28
The first step is to make sure you communicate your concerns with the IEP team or your professional network. Be sure loop in your pediatrician
2:28
Comment From Jessi

I’m searching for info for adults, all I can find is chidren’s resources

2:28
Hi Jessi! We have plenty of adult resources
2:28
The Transition Tool Kit can be found here :http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/transition-tool-kit
2:29
The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood.
2:29
Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism(AFAA) is another initiative that Autism Speaks in involved in.
2:30
We are working hard to bring attention and awareness to adults with autism. You can also search our Resource Guide by your state for adult services, here :http://www.autismspeaks.org/community/fsdb/search.php

2:31
We would like to thank you all for participating in our first ‘Office Hours.’ We hope that you found this session helpful. All of the information will be archived so you can return to it whenever you need.

2:31
Please join us again next Wednesday and at 1pm EDT! We look forward to next time

2:32
Remember, you can always contact The Autism Response Team: Call us at 888-AUTISM 2 (288-4762) or email us atfamilyservices@autismspeaks.org.

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