First-Time Parents Guide: Disruptive Behaviors, What Can I Do to Help My Kid?

It’s commonly normal for kids to present bad behaviors such as tantrums, being defiant, not listening, among others. Normally, as parents, you must be very aware to discipline them and teach the correct way to behave.

However, when these begin to occur more continuously at home, school, or elsewhere, children exhibit disruptive behavior where discipline is difficult to find because the routine and daily life are disturbed. So, in today’s article Autism Soccer will explain what exactly means this topic.

Getting to know the disruptive behaviors

This condition will present a constant pattern of anger, defiance, backtalk, troubling managing and regulating emotions, and even the worst behaviors can show kids being hostile or aggressive with their peers, older kids, parents, and relatives. Sometimes it can look like a normal bad episode, the one that every parent has to deal with, but in reality, the disruptive behaviors are more intense, dangerous and difficult to control or discipline.

These will affect their social circle and how they interact with other figures as teachers, neighbors, and relatives. School and extracurricular activities are also affected because these terrible episodes can be present.

There are two commons types of the disruptive behaviors: oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder.

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)

This type is less stronger than the conduct disorder; however, can present some struggles within the child. Paying attention to the symptoms is important; they can be:

  • Show tantrums and anger more regular than other kids.
  • Constantly arguing with the adults around.
  • Hard to follow orders or comply request from parents and teachers.
  • Used to blame others for their mistakes.
  • Like to annoy other children.
  • Often seek revenge of people that treat them bad.

Conduct disorder

This condition is very dangerous because involves violent and aggressive episodes. It can be diagnosed as ODD in kids very young, but later after they show their personalities, the aggression appeared. Children with this disorder can ignore and abuse others physically and emotionally, with total knowledge about what they are doing. Among the symptoms are:

  • Strong bullying toward others that can escalate to aggression.
  • Refuse to limits and boundaries, like to go to school or daily routines.
  • Abusing animals and younger kids in the neighborhood.
  • Experts in lying, stealing and vandalizing.
  • Abuse on certain substances is common.
  • Engage in physical fights with older kids.

Many parents tend to confuse a rebel teenage with an individual that is suffering from disruptive behaviors, which need expert treatment. Talking constantly with teachers, friends and know their responses will be important to seek correct help from professionals. Know that you as parents are not alone, many people are just like you, trying to know how to help their children to control these bad behaviors.

Experts are the best way to start the corrects treatments, but your work at home is equally important: never think less of your duties. Remember, disruptive behaviors can be conditions that can produce violent episodes, so never minimize the seriousness of them, they are not a common rebellious attitude: the health of your kids and people around them can be in danger.

How can you help your son or daughter with disruptive behavior at home?

Discipline with positive attitude

This condition shows different attitudes, but it doesn’t mean that kids can’t present good ones. When that happens, reward them while you praise them and show affection. For example, let them eat their favorite food or take them to a place they want to visit, try not to provide material things because they can trick you into a loop which can be difficult to break.

Punishment after the misbehavior

Never wait for the next day to punish them for a mistake. Making kids understand where and why is the mistake will be important for them to be responsible adults. Whatever the punishment, it must come right there, that way children will completely comprehend what is bad, and how to improve.

Minor behaviors

Every child makes different little mistakes, like spilling juice or water because they are not paying enough attention. Children with disruptive behaviors can present the same mistakes, but for them is more important the correction and what they can learn from it, cleaning or correct their own errors can be of great help for them. So explain to them what is wrong and how to find a solution.

These small but important steps can be perfect for your kids with disruptive behaviors because you’re dealing with the problem even with all the fears that this condition may present. Always trust the pediatrician and therapist in what to do at home and school for them to improve day after day.

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¿Cómo funciona el proceso de aprendizaje para los niños con autismo?

Existe la creencia de que los niños con autismo no aprenden o no quieren aprender lo que les estamos enseñando. Esto no puede estar más equivocado, la verdad es que ellos tienen su propia forma de atención: dentro de sus cabezas las cosas no funcionan de la misma forma a las que estamos habituados, por lo que hoy queremos darte una pequeña introducción a su proceso de aprendizaje.

Una forma distinta de ver el mundo

El trastorno del espectro autista -o TES como también se le es conocido- es un síndrome que se origina en la malformación de las neuronas durante el desarrollo del bebé en el vientre. Esta condición afecta durante toda su vida al paciente impidiendo que desarrolle ciertas habilidades de forma tradicional. Esto no quiere decir que sean discapacitados o algo por el estilo; en muchos casos, los niños con autismo suelen ser personas brillantes y amigables.

El reto consiste en enseñar correctamente las normas, habilidades y buenas conductas de la sociedad debido al funcionamiento particular de su cerebro. Es decir, su proceso de aprendizaje es muy distinto, por lo que muchos profesores y padres podrían sentirse muy frustrados al respecto. Por fortuna, existen diversas formas de enseñanza para la buena educación de estos chicos; a continuación, vamos a explicarte un poco sobre esto.

Un proceso distinto

El desarrollo de nuevas habilidades y conocimientos no puede consistir en la simple repetición de ideas y procesos de forma constante. Ellos sencillamente no están programados para aprender de esa forma. De igual manera, necesitan saber por adelantado lo que harán para que no se sientan frustrados o estresados al respecto. Esto les permite, además, enfrentarse a los retos que se les presenten con un mejor semblante y una actitud más calmada.

Un detalle particular del autismo es que los pequeños pueden presentar ciertas hipersensibilidades a ciertos estímulos, como sonidos, colores y sensaciones corporales. Cada niño debería tener su propio modelo de enseñanza y lo que se le esté impartiendo debe ser reforzado tanto en el hogar como en su colegio.

Una vez que hayamos encontrado cuáles son las dificultades que puede presentar, se deben plantear actividades diversas que ayuden a su inclusión: terapias de habla y ocupacional, enseñanza de valores y habilidades del día al día son algunas de las más recurrentes hasta los diez años. Cada una de ellas no debe ser muy difícil para que no pierdan el interés tras sentirse frustrados, pero tampoco deben ser muy simples, de modo que siempre tengan algo con qué entretenerse.

Una forma ideal de enseñar es asociar cada tema con sus gustos: en muchos casos, la lectura o los dibujos son los más recurrentes en niños con TES, por lo que el proceso de aprendizaje de estos chicos debe estar orientado a estas prácticas. Así, aseguramos que disfrute lo que esté haciendo y que siempre esté aprendiendo cosas nuevas.

Un punto clave para los que ya son un poco más grandes está representado por las actividades grupales: debemos inculcarles el valor de la interacción social para el buen logro de ciertas tareas. Además, le guiaremos a comunicarse de forma correcta con los demás y así poco a poco ir integrándolo a nuestro entorno. Hay que tener paciencia, por supuesto; en muchas ocasiones no comprenderán del todo las razones de algunas acciones, por lo que algunos berrinches podrán ser esperados.

El proceso de aprendizaje de los niños con autismo es sin duda un poco más lento que el de los niños neurotípicos, pero con el tiempo verán las recompensas de haber tenido tanta paciencia y haber insistido con todo durante los años. El amor y el compañerismo que ellos dan es inmenso, y si les enseñamos muy bien, incluso podremos aprender de ellos.

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El proceso de aprendizaje en los niños con autismo funciona de una manera distinta, ¡conócela!

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4 Videos That Will Make You Experience a Sensory Overload

Have you ever experienced sensory overload? Well, if you haven’t heard about it, your answer would probably be “no,” but after reading this article, you may change your perspective. The fact is that most of us have experienced sensory overload at some level at least once in our lifetime, although it is particularly associated with certain conditions like the autism spectrum disorders.

What is Sensory overload?

Sensory overload occurs when something around us stimulates at least one of our senses in an extreme way, making us feel highly uncomfortable. Have you’ve ever been to a party where the music is too high? Or a classroom where everyone is making too much noise? Sometimes in situations like those, we cannot help feeling deeply overwhelmed, the situation is just more than we can take, and we just want to get out of there and go to some place quite. That’s what sensory overload feels like.

Generally, it’s easy to escape the discomfort; if a smell is what’s bothering us we may walk away, if too many people are talking at the seam time we can use headphones or leave the room, but the fact is, when it comes about kids, especially kids with ASD, it’s not that simple to get away from these situations, because things that are part of our daily life can be the ones that make kids with ASD feel sensory overloaded.

In what situation can a sensory overload happen?

It is important to know that sensory overload triggers are not always the same for everyone, it depends on each person, but regardless, there are some common triggers when it comes to children with ASD and pretty much kids in general:

Noises

Rooms full of noises are a common factor that can trigger a sensory overload episode.It doesn’t necessarily have to be lound noises: certain people’s voices, the ringing bells of a church, the noise of the cutlery against the dishes on a restaurant, or even the unusual echo of a public bathroom can make a kid feel overwhelmed.

Bright lights

Bright lights can be more than annoying for kids; city lights or cars headlights are often usually a nuisance that depending on the sensitivity of the child, can be a strong trigger.

Unfamiliar surroundings and strangers

We should always keep in mind that sensory overload is linked with anxiety, unknown places tend to be a reason for kids with ASD to worry, also, these kids tend to feel intimidated by people that they haven’t meet before, even when they are been polite and kind.

Sometimes the things that can disturb them to the point that they feel sensory overload are not easy to perceive, therefore, we need to pay special attention to the way they react to particular surroundings and situations.

How can we help?

Talk to them: Pay attention to their usual triggers, once you’ve known them, let the kid know that you are aware of it, and you will be there to help them anytime they feel overwhelmed. For example: if you have realized that your kid doesn’t feel right on crowded places, make sure to tell him there’s no problem with going to a quiet place. Plus, the communication will create increase the bond of trust between the kid and you, and he will be more likely to try to let you know when he feels uncomfortable.

It’s important to be prepared: Kids with ASD doesn’t tend to enjoy unusual spontaneous activities, so try to avoid them every time you can, instead, make sure to have a plan and share it with the kid, that way he’ll be prepared for the upcoming event. For example, if you’re taking him to a store, let him know hours before, that way he can prepare himself for it, this way, you reduce the probability of a sensory overload episode.

It’s true that it can be hard to fully understand, and there are times where an image can say more than words, therefore, we are going to leave four links that will guide you to different videos, where each video will help you get a clearer idea of how sensory overload feels like.

Sensory Overload

 

 

Sensory Overload Simulation – What is it like to be extremely sensitive in daily situations?

 

 

Can you make it to the end?

 

Autism and sensory sensitivity

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Sensory overload is not an easy thing for children, we have to help them to avoid hard moments and stress.

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Late Spectrum Diagnosis: Just How Common it is to Be Misdiagnosed

Autism spectrum disorders nowadays can be diagnosed with more precision than ever, mostly because there’s a lot of information and tools to help with the correct diagnosis. However, in previous decades it was hard to find the reason for the atypical behavior in children and adults alike. This situation is the reason for many late diagnoses in adults, and even wrong diagnosis and treatments for the wrong condition that they had to stand while growing up.

For some individuals, dealing with struggles in their lives because they can’t choose a proper reaction and have difficulties to engage with the people around them is quite common. Finding that they are within the spectrum is a relief, as it helps them learn how to handle their conditions, that way their lives can improve significantly.

Why many children are misdiagnosed?

There is not a single cause for this. It depends on how they behave, what symptoms they present, and if their parents and teachers are paying attention to their development and interactions with other children. Also, because we are talking about a spectrum with so many different conditions and symptoms, it can be hard to place every single one of the children into it.

Since 2013, thanks to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, professionals, teachers, and parents have found a guide to place the array of symptoms associated with autism. And with it, the diagnosis has become a group effort to find the best course of action for children and help them integrate to their surroundings.

But for many kids who grow up undiagnosed and became adults, this lack of proper diagnosis became a burden; they grow with an odd feeling of not belonging, they are criticized for their natural behaviors and feel like outcasts, especially during their teenage years. With the new technology and procedures, a lot of people have been finding a correct diagnosis, starting a treatment to ease their problems, and help them interact with society.

As more people begin to understand what the ASD’s really are, there will be fewer misdiagnosis and children will find a way to develop their full potential. That is the reason why parents and teachers must work closely, ask each other if something looks out of the ordinary, be very aware of the children habits and interactions, and observe their reactions to find symptoms that will indicate some condition or behavioral aspect.

As parents, we should never be afraid to seek professional guidance and ask as many questions as are necessary; after all, your kids deserve the best in the world, and living within the spectrum is not necessarily a negative thing: it’s just the beginning of a wonderful journey with its ups and downs, with sacrifice and rewards, that will prepare them for the future ahead.

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This condition is not something linear; it has certain variations across the people who have it.

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Dispraxia, ¿qué es y cómo saber cuándo acudir a un especialista?

La dispraxia es una enfermedad neurológica comúnmente ligada al autismo, aunque existen ocasiones en donde este trastorno puede aparecer por su cuenta. Se trata de un problema bastante común en el mundo, por lo que su entendimiento y las formas de tratarlo son de fácil acceso al público general. Hoy vamos a explicarte un poco más en detalle acerca de la sintomatología de la enfermedad y de sus formas de tratamiento

Problemas de movimiento

No se conocen exactamente los orígenes de la dispraxia, pero se cree que su causa radica en una malformación del área motriz del cerebro durante la gestación. Es un problema con el que muchas personas nacen y puede ser tratada, afortunadamente, por diferentes expertos en la medicina, como los terapeutas ocupacionales.

Esta dolencia puede aparecer por su cuenta en extraños casos, pero lo más común es encontrar junto a diferentes problemas neurológicos como el autismo o el síndrome de Down. Vamos a describir algunos de los síntomas más comunes en torno a la dispraxia:

  • Problemas de coordinación.
  • Problemas de concentración.
  • Dificultad para realizar tareas de todo tipo.
  • Déficit de fuerza y habilidad en las manos.

Hay algunos especialistas que catalogan como un síntoma de dispraxia la dificultad del habla, pero lo cierto en estos casos es que se trata de un problema, también neuronal, pero de un área distinta del cerebro en donde no se han creado los enlaces correctos para la buena comunicación verbal. A este trastorno se le llama apraxia y no se le debería confundir o asociar a la dispraxia.

En cualquier caso, ambos trastornos se pueden presentar en los niños con autismo debido a las complicaciones neuronales implícitas al estar dentro del espectro. La buena noticia es que se puede tratar sin problemas, pero es un trabajo de gran duración que puede llegar a cansar tanto al paciente como a sus allegados.

Tratamiento

Existen dos especialistas claves en para el buen tratamiento de esta enfermedad: Primero están los terapeutas ocupacionales, quienes se encargan del cuidado de las acciones finas, como la escritura, agarre de objetos y el entramado de cosas pequeñas.

Para acciones más globales, los terapeutas físicos son los más indicados para el desarrollo de las articulaciones atrofiadas. Los ejercicios que estos profesionales usan son un poco más exigentes hacia el paciente y en algunos casos podrían causar dolor; pero no hay de qué preocuparse, esto es normal. Al estar tratando con músculos y articulaciones contraídos, el estiramiento de ellos produce ácido láctico, el principal causante de dolor muscular.

La consistencia y repetición son las claves en el éxito del tratamiento, pero nunca hay que forzar abruptamente al paciente debido al dolor que se puede causar y a que estamos tratando con personas que usualmente no disfrutan el contacto físico, por lo que el rechazo y el disgusto siempre estará presente en la mayoría de las sesiones. Poco a poco, según se vayan acostumbrando a los ejercicios, sus músculos empezarán a ganar mayor masa, resistencia y movilidad, y los efectos de la dispraxia se reducirán.

En general no existe una cura total de la dispraxia, pero sí tratamientos que ayudan a mitigar sus efectos. Se trata de una condición para toda la vida, por lo que es muy común que determinados niños lleguen a la adultez con cierto nivel de ella, pero con suerte y tratamiento este puede ser lo suficientemente sutil para ser imperceptible para otras personas y así no limitarlos en sus actividades diarias.

No se trata de una enfermedad para nada grave; la clave en su tratamiento es la constancia y firmeza a la hora de realizar los ejercicios. Los padres deben apoyar constantemente a los niños para animarles a seguir con el tratamiento y minimizar los efectos de la enfermedad.

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Para los niños, esta condición es particularmente frustrante; es importante que los padres consideren las terapias.

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Instruments and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: How to Ease Child’s Lives with Music

Music helps people in many ways. For children with ASD, musical therapy is risk-free, and there are lots of activities to engage kids and adults alike in this beautiful experience. People within the spectrum find a release to their struggles with music, besides helping them interact in a different way to the world around them. And it helps them control accessory conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Music therapy can bring many benefits with infants and teens with autism, improving skills like social interactions, verbal expressions, behaviors, motor skills, self-confidence, among others. And this helps handle the most common issues related to OCD when it’s part of the spectrum diagnosis.

How does the therapist work with children and teens?

The certified therapist will evaluate the individual; however, sometimes it can be a group evaluation. Knowing the patient helps to develop a plan with objectives and final goals, according to the particular needs each. They will use a wide array of musical features, considering various instruments and techniques to engage them in the activities.

One of the first steps is to improvise, let them react to the music and see their expressions: it is a good way to evaluate their behavior to different sounds, instruments, and songs. Many specialists prefer using percussion instruments or even singing to children expecting different reactions and categorizing them. That allows them to have a starting point when it comes to therapy.

After the kids are used to the sounds, she or he can change the style and apply new techniques to incentivize the participation. This therapy is well known because it is not conventional, using only sound, dances, and instruments it can generate a reaction that will increase the patient’s confidence, teamwork, and communication skills. But, how does this pair up with children suffering from OCD-like behavior? Let’s break it down here.

Benefits of the music therapy

Social interactions

Music therapy can engage the little ones to work and enjoy around others, because usually, music creates a reaction, helping them share the experience with their peers. Therapists agree that they answer more willingly to the different activities if these are paired with a prefer instrument or music genre.

Use the singing to communicate will start a new way of communication that can translate outside the therapist’s room, even without music. For others, it is an excellent way to share a common ground and share experiences and tastes. In other words, music will unite kids and teens within the spectrum without the strange and uncomfortable aspects of social interactions. And this is fundamental for individuals that have OCD as an accessory condition. As many spectrum therapies involve structure, they could try to pair that up with their social skills. Giving them a tool to handle social interactions will ease them into connecting with others, making it easier for them to bypass some of the difficulties that arise in socialization if you have OCD.

Behaviors

Many people within the spectrum can show different behaviors, and these can be hard to face for parents and family, but music therapy has been proved an excellent way to control them. Besides music and sounds are a great way to prepare he or she to noisy environments and spaces. After one-hour session, they tend to be relaxed and feel at ease with the ones around them.

This is fundamental for obsessive-compulsive disorder patients, as they tend to stick into repetitive patterns that don’t allow them to interact freely with others. Music, as an evolutive therapy, can change that, helping them understand that they don’t need to stick to strict routines to interact with others.

Anxiety

Kids within the spectrum are propense to feel anxious many times during the day, but music is a fantastic way to make them feel calm with a different stimulus. Many parents noted their children relaxed by simple listen to their favorite song or music, or even just with one hour of therapy. Remember that the treatment can be taken to the house, music is good for everybody at home!

For OCD patients, anxiety over their routines being disrupted is a problem. That’s why having instruments at home it’s perfect, as it’s a way to have an outlet to frustration, anxiety and other negative emotions. It allows them to occupy their minds and bodies in something other than the stressing element, helping them to relax more easily.

Have fun

This therapy can bring happiness, because of all the benefits stated above, there will have a calm reaction to the music, and even they will feel happy to listen to it. For some cases is playing their favorite instruments that will put them at ease, and that is the best part of the therapy, parents can continue it at home and every day can turn into something more manageable!

Remember, music is an effective way to reach a new aspect of their personality, and help them with their different conditions. Therapy will always be good for them, but music therapy is another level to help them to improve their skill while having fun with the new experience.

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What About Eye Contact in Children with Autism?

One of the most known characteristics of the autism spectrum disorder is lack of eye contact, which presents in the first years of the life of these children, with some professionals suggesting that it can start on the first months. This lack of social interaction is not by any means a sign or rudeness from them, but actually, it’s a way to feel more comfortable among people. Children with ASD can get highly anxious with eye contact, especially if the other person responds to it.

Symptoms

As every characteristic within the spectrum, avoiding eye contact can manifest in multiple ways:

  • Some actively seem to avoid eye contact because they feel uncomfortable with it, as with every social interaction.
  • Others can make eye contact in familiar environments, with well-known people.
  • And others can look at you in strange ways, staring either at you or at a specific object.

Why does this happen?

There are two major reasons that explain why children and adults alike avoid this action. First, they feel indifference toward eye contact; they think that it isn’t important to establish it. Remember, they often don’t have the same instincts about social interactions as neurotypical people, so they cannot fully comprehend why it is necessary to make direct contact. This normally happens during childhood.

However, when they grow up, teenagers and adults with ASD feel eye contact in an uncomfortable way that can trigger anxiety episodes and other adverse reactions or behaviors. Some completely hate it, especially if they are pushed to do it, so never pressure them; instead, you should encourage them to improve their social abilities but never to the point of generating the opposite reaction. Professionals haven’t found the reason behind this change from children to teenagers because children can learn how to make eye contact without rejecting it, but while growing up, they feel it as a burden.

There are still many questions about this, and many ongoing studies exploring possible reasons; but meanwhile, working with these kids to develop their social skills is the best way to change these behaviors, with patience and hard work.

Can lack of eye contact be treated?

With the autism spectrum disorder, there are usually more questions than answers, and that leaving aside the controversy in many studies and therapies. In that regard, eye contact is no the exception; however, therapists now believe that there’s no symptomatic answer, instead, it can depend on every individual and the way they feel towards it. Instead of trying to fix this, we as educators, parents, and facilitators should listen to their own voice in that regard, accept that they don’t like it, and teach them to communicate it by simply saying something like “I’m listening but i won’t look at you directly.” The most important thing we have to do is understand that this preference is totally fine, that making eye contact isn’t essential for communication and that we must accept this preference, instead of trying to force a change.

Remember eye contact isn’t the most important skill when dealing with a person with autism; if they are more comfortable without looking at you, but are still listening and can have a satisfying conversation with you on many different topics, then that’s all that should matter. Come to Autism Soccer, where we offer excellent programs for the development of your children and a place for them to be comfortable and happy.

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Eye contact, which is close nonverbal communication, may generate anxiety in people within the spectrum.

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Tips to Develop the Children’s Occupational Performance in School

Teaching is a hard work, but teaching several children in a classroom can be quite a challenge. If those kids are diagnosed within the autism spectrum disorder, the teaching process becomes an even greater challenge. However, a classroom adapted to them and their needs can increase their attention, focus, reduce stress, and in general aid the learning process..

It’s not just adapting your teaching process; even the decoration of the classroom in a way that will make them to consider it a safe place can make a difference in the proper development of their skills, and could even help encourage them to try new things, even when they’re reluctant to try new stuff.

There are many things that can trigger a bad episode in children in the spectrum, and these episodes make them to lose concentration and make the learning process slower overall, so take in consideration the following points, so you can avoid these episode and optimize the learning experience.

Work space

Many kids with autism feel better with a special place to work, and it doesn’t have to be a specifically designed table or chair for them; just a couple of accessories can make the difference. Things like: an air cushion for the chair, a theraband for kicking, or a training ball, among others, can help the kids to release their anxiety. It’s also advisable to rotate your students around the classroom seats, particularly in places where they could feel more anxious, such as corners, near windows, or close to the door. This can both reduce their stress, and help them get used to small changes. You can also be mindful of the classroom’s decoration, making it personalized, so the kids can feel more at home and comfortable, but not too overwhelming with colors and figures, as to be a source of distraction.

Be active

Kids with autism get bored easily, so play with them between subject lessons. This playtime not necessarily has to be a game, it can be some yoga movements to relax their bodies, or play some music and dance; just be creative and make them move to release tension. Find an activity that they enjoy while moving and make it at least a weekly routine.

Fidgets

In the last few years a little toy called fidget spinner became very famous among neurotypical children. However, these toys were created for kids with autism and ADHD to help them concentrate and pay attention in lessons. You can find this sort of fidget or similar ones to make them do a repetitive action while teaching your lessons, hence enhancing their focus.

Sensory calm space

The day can be long for a kid with ASD, and for that reason it is good to have a space, even if it is just a corner, where kids can shut off everything outside of it. Make a tent, a teepee, a big box, or just use a pair of blankets to set that corner apart of the rest; the main point here is to give them the sensation of protection, that nothing can reach them there and hurt them. Remember, children within the spectrum can become stressed very easily, due to sensory overload. Teach them how to use this space to deal with their stress and encourage parents to do the same at home.

Plan ahead of time

Routines are basic for children with ASD. It doesn’t matter the level, they develop better with plans. If they know in advance what is going to happen the following week, they can be prepare and get ready for what could otherwise be unexpected and uncomfortable situations. However use this with care and only tell them what is coming ahead every week, because if a child within  the spectrum knows, for example, all the month’s schedule in advance, then their anxiety can become even bigger, affecting their behavior at home and maybe even their eating and sleeping patterns. .

Make the learning process fun

In the end, kids with ASD are just kids, and because of that learning with fun activities can help to be more in sync with the schedule and school duties. Kids can get to enjoy the classroom and the lessons if they feel like they’re playing a game. So it’s up to you, as their teacher, to be creative and make the lessons fun for them, and of course, for you.

Teaching kids with autism is a wonderful experience that can change your life as teacher for the best, so don’t be afraid, have fun teaching these children, and try to leave you mark on them. A teacher that is good with their students will be one that they never forget. Come to Autism Soccer, where we offer excellent programs for the development of your children and a place for them to be comfortable and happy.

What a child with ASD needs to do in school

There are many activities that you can apply in your classroom, all according to the sensory needs of each child.

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10 Q&A about Autism

Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder that can affect several skills in a person, especially language, motor, and social skills. It’s classified in three levels for diagnosis; however, many people still don’t fully comprehend it completely, and the different aspects that are associated with it. With these ten questions and answers, we hope to expand your knowledge about it.

What are the causes of autism?

This is the most common question about the disorders in the spectrum, but scientists and medical professionals haven’t found a specific cause or causes. There are many studies about the possible reasons, but the results haven’t been conclusive; some think that a genetic mutation is the main cause; others point to differences in the development of the brain in during the pregnancy, which would cause the behavioral conditions associated with it. Still, this question doesn’t have a specific answer.

Is it common?

Yes, it is. Autism is the most common developmental disorder, 1 in 150 children can be diagnosed within one of the three levels of the spectrum.

Who can suffer autism?

Anyone. ASD doesn’t distinguish among social status or ethnicity. However, gender seems to be a factor, as it has been proven that 4 out of 5 people within the spectrum are male.

How does autism influence behavior?

It depends on the level, but the primary challenge among people with ASD is social interaction. People with autism tend not to be able to grasp all the aspects of human communication fully, so subtle details can be tough for them. Besides, people placed in level 3 tend to have erratic and compulsive behavior; which is why they’ll always need a caregiver.

How severe is the behavior of a person with autism?

This can be subjective; it will depend on the level in which that person is placed, with the third level being the most severe. However, behavior can be controlled with a correct diagnosis during the early years and with the proper treatment; children with autism can be calm and behave normally. The real problem here is that parents struggle to accept their kid’s condition, and it can take years for them to start the correct treatments.

Can they manage to be independent?

Again, this will depend on the level of ASD, but many of them can manage to have an independent life when they reach adulthood, just by following the right treatment and having the correct guidance.

Is autism a cognitive disability?

No, both terms are not synonyms. ASD is a developmental disorder, while cognitive disabilities affect learning and motor skills; some children within the spectrum can show display these disabilities, but not necessarily all of them. As noted before, the more significant challenges are social interaction and personal relationships.

Can autism appear with other conditions?

Yes, there are other disorders associated with developmental skills that are present with ASD. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), learning disabilities, bipolarity, and epilepsy can all appear in kids with autism, sometimes in combinations. It’s for this reason that doctors recommend for parents to be very observant of their children’s behavior during the early years so that these problems can be adequately identified and treated.

Can people with autism work?

Yes, with the correct therapy people within the spectrum can work in many different areas, as a matter of fact, people diagnosed with the first level of ASD can become very successful on their fields; some of them can even have above average intelligence.

What type of work can a person with autism perform?

Because of their compulsive and repetitive behavior, structured jobs tend to be the best for them. They develop better with routines and repetitive activities; however, many prefer the type of job where they don’t have to interact with the public, or with large amounts of people. Keep in mind that individuals within the spectrum tend to struggle with social interactions.

As you can see, autism is no longer a disorder that few people know, it has become a thoroughly studied condition; in this era of inclusion, we as a society are trying to give people with ASD the space that they need, and to understand them the best way we could. Come to Autism Soccer, where we offer excellent programs for the development of your children and a place for them to be comfortable and happy.

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5 Facts about Asperger’s Syndrome You Can’t Miss

Asperger’s is a widely accepted condition, in part thanks to the existence of characters in TV shows and movies with this syndrome; and because it’s now associated with ASD. However, there isn’t a lot of information about all the characteristics of this syndrome, since every individual can show a wide variety of symptoms.

It’s not longer a separate syndrome.

Since the publication of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – 5 in 2013, which is the leading authority in the description of mental health conditions, Asperger is now part of the autism spectrum disorder or ASD. Typically, people with this diagnosis are placed in the first level of the spectrum. As part of the changes, the term “Asperger’s syndrome” has mostly been replaced with “high functioning autism,” because the behavior is not that severe. However, they can present some problems associated with social interactions and communication.

The cause hasn’t been found

Some questions still surround autism; there are conditions without a definitive cause. Researchers have agreed that the problem with Asperger is in the brain, especially with the development during pregnancy and the child’s first years, and also that genetic factors can play a big part in it.

It is a developmental disorder

According to The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, which is one of the most critical medical resources, developmental disorders “…are neurologically based conditions that can interfere with the acquisition, retention, or application of specific skills or sets of information.” This means that people with Asperger struggle with the acquisition of social skills; they are not good making friends or committing to relationships, and this syndrome cannot be cured; people have to learn how to live with it while finding their own ways to develop those skills.

Intelligence is a good aspect in Asperger

People diagnosed with this ASD tend to have a normal or to be above average IQ. Because individuals within it often obsess with some topic or subject, they often can excel in that field. They tend to prefer professions like physics, space engineering, astrophysics, and programming. Besides, their knowledge of random topics can be vast; they can learn everything from the names of dinosaurs to recognizing weather patterns. They also tend to follow a strict use of proper grammar, which tends to make them come off as snobbish.

Asperger is not connected with violence

There is no evidence that this condition causes violent behavior; however, there are others that can be present in these individuals that can lead to violence, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. OCD is especially common among people with Asperger, but with correct therapy, any of these conditions can be treated and the risk of violence can be reduced.

Asperger has mainstream recognition nowadays, and with the different campaigns in favor of tolerance and inclusion, all of us now can better understand the people diagnosed with it. All it takes is to follow the proper therapies and to be patient; and with the collaboration of their loved ones, people within the spectrum can lead happy and fulfilling lives. Come to Autism Soccer; we offer excellent programs for the development of your children and a place for them to be comfortable and happy.

Asperger things that you need to know

We show you 5 things you can’t miss about this condition.

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