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A U T I S M + E Y E C O N T A C T When most people think of characteristics of children with ASD, they always point out their lack of eye contact and whilst most children with ASD struggle with eye contact, it’s not always the case. For those who do struggle with eye contact, I’m sure you’ve asked yourself: Why is it so hard for them to make eye contact? Should I make my child make eye contact? Firstly, we need to recognise the need for eye contact. Eye contact shows that we are listening, we are interested in what others have to say or how they look and we recognise the person we are making eye contact with. It also makes us feel loved when someone is looking at us. Is it always needed though? Rather than pushing and forcing your child with Autism to make eye contact, could you receive their love and recognition in other ways such as engaging in sensory play including spinning, bubbles or jumping. Or maybe you can remember that they love you when they need your affection and attention? For a child with Autism, making eye contact is hard because they struggle with input and output of sensory information. Sometimes looking at your face can be distracting or overwhelming, sometimes it is because they are not at the stage of playing with others, sharing and taking turns and so they don’t feel the need to recognise others. We say they have their ‘own agenda’. Whilst eye contact can be hard for individuals with ASD, we shouldn’t ignore the fact that eye contact can be taught and we should definitely encourage it! So how do we do that? 1. Reward your child when they look at you by being explicit “Good looking at me”. 2. Encourage eye contact through waiting. Before giving your child something to eat in their hand, hold it out tightly and wait for them to look at you. 3. Play games and activities that requires you to look at each other’s faces such as “I spy” whilst wearing big funny glasses. Or make silly monkey faces on front of a mirror or camera.
Why doesn't my child share his toys or let me play with him? Well sometimes it's because they are anxious that you will snatch it off them like you have previously with other toys or items. — Anxiety can really impact children with Autism! It's debilitating and can often isolate them more. Almost 40% of children with Autism suffer from anxiety whether it be social, phobia, separation anxiety or OCD. — Let's have a look at how anxiety impacts sharing or taking turns: We know that children with Autism lack the ability to understand theory of mind (ability to recognize other's thoughts or feelings, as well as, their own to interpret or understand behaviours) and so they learn predominantly through memory or past experiences rather than problem solving. For this reason, each time you snatch of take something out of their hands which resulted in them crying, they have recorded that experience in their memory. So now when they play, they become anxious that you will come and snatch or take away the item from them. — This is the cycle: You take something from them hastily--> They record it in their memory bank --> You go to play with them --> They remember their past experiences --> They wont let you play or share. Instead: Target their anxiety using principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (slow exposure) and rather than snatching or taking things hastily out of their hands, try giving them lots of warning and doing it slowly and gently. Try replace the item or toy with another to show them that you still want them to play or have something to keep. — If your child is at this stage (not wanting to share or take turns), you will need to build their trust and confidence by not expecting them to always share or take turns AND give them more than you take. For more information and strategies about children with Autism, please visit yourspeechroom.com. If you are living in Cairo, don't forget to register at our Free Autism Event on the 10th January 2019. - Sally, Speech and Language Pathologist
😤😞T A N T R U M S ? 😪😫 - Tantrums happen often in children who are still developing their communication and reasoning skills. They might not understand time words such as ‘later’ and ‘not now’. Or have the ability to reason why they can’t have the $89 Thomas train. We can’t always change the natural process of their brain development but we can help to reduce their tantrums during this burdensome stage. Here are some tips: - Before the tantrum: 1. Avoid the N O word. Instead, try talk them through the situation “hmm, I see you want lollies, they look really good! They are not good for your teeth. Can you help me put them back?” • 2. Be gentle: Don’t pull the bag of lollies from the front whilst saying no. Come from behind and try help them to put the lollies back. • 3. Give them warning. You know that taking the iPad off them will result in a tantrum so try give them as much warning as possible to let them know what’s coming. Maybe use a timer or sing a packing away song. - Mid-tantrum: 1. The right way to deal with a tantrum is to let them cry and scream it out for as long as it takes making sure not to pay attention to their behaviours (this can sometimes reward their behaviour) and definitely not to give up and give in! If you’re in a place where this is not possible, then and only then may you try using distraction or replacement strategies. • 2. Explain how the child feels from their point of view “You feel angry because mum won’t give you the truck”. 3. Look for the right moment to interfere or help them get over the tantrum. Usually after a few minutes when they are not as ‘angry’ about the situation. • 4. Try to avoid being nearby when they are throwing their body, arms and legs. Stay in the room but don’t get close, unless you want to get hurt. • 5. Don’t say ‘it’s ok’ and try calm them down by hugging and kissing them right away, you must wait until the tantrum is over. - After the tantrum: 1. Reward all positive behaviours that they do reminding them that behaving positively is much more rewarding. • 2. If they’re at a good level of understanding, talk about the event and use stick figures to discuss what happened vs. what should have happened.
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