How can I help my child with communication and reduce meltdowns?
Children with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can present with very different levels of achievement, language development and social interaction. The ability to learn self-help skills which enable independence in adulthood varies too. They are all distinct individuals. Many have complex issues including additional medical problems and diagnoses.
Each child has its own complex mix of difficulties. Usually all the Key Infant Reflexes are involved. These are automatic responses left over from babyhood that the child cannot control. They influence brain maturation and can affect all aspects of a child’s development and behaviour.
How can we help?
The parent stories below are a small sample of this interesting, diverse group of young people, all with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
You may like to read more in the report about the Brainchild parent and child groups: Impact Evaluation of the NAS Furness Brainchild Project . In these groups, children who were unable and unwilling to be close to others, or even in the same room, became friends. Communication developed and many fears and anxieties faded away. Each child benefited in different ways, but solving the developmental nature of the problem released their brains from the limitations of infant reflexes. It was an uplifting experience for us all.
For further information from a medical viewpoint: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/autism/symptoms/