RE:GDD

by Lyn
(Philippines)

HELLO. I am a mother to a son turning two this july. last april 25, he was diagnosed with GDD AUTISM NOT RULED OUT. he mouhths his toys, no speech, little/no eye contact, poor eating. hope to receive advice what to do to address this problems. waiting for therapy schedule. but what do we do at home?


Thank you.

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Jan 24, 2017
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Resources for you!
by: Luna

First of all, don't panic. I am autistic, and I have a good life. Your son can be autistic and have a good life at the same time. I promise it's possible.

Your son would definitely benefit from AAC! He is old enough, and it will help him learn to communicate. It will also reduce frustration and lower the risk of emotional issues in the future. PECS is a good start. This is priority #1 in my opinion: he needs to be able to communicate with you.

Young children do not need intensive intervention, because this can be stressful and overwhelming. (Doctors will act like you need a million hours per week or he will be sad forever, but this is false.) Give him downtime; he really needs it. Play with him. Encourage him to explore his toys. Take him outdoors. Find out his favorite things, and talk to him about it. Speak to him and look for a response (even a giggle, arm-wave, squeak, etc.). Act like you expect him to talk back any time.

Also, work on labeling emotions ("I feel sad" "Are you happy?" "You look upset"). Narrate how you feel and what you're going to do about it. ("I'm stressed, so I'm going to take some deep breaths.") This will help encourage your son to express his emotions, which can be very difficult.

I'd also like to recommend WikiHow's autism resources, NeuroTribes, the hashtag #AskAnAutistic (ask us anything! we love helping people!), and AutistiKids. Stay away from Autism Speaks; they act like autism is death and this is a lie.

May 02, 2012
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RE:GDD
by: Lyn

Yes it is autism. I hope marjorie of scotland will be able to read my question because i need plenty of advice since her mom works with autistic kids. Now my son is not eating anything just drinking his GFCF milk. Even that he is refusing already. Help badly needed!


May 02, 2012
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RE>GDD
by: uk

Dont know what GDD is??? Your child sound s very much like autism, you should be making him repeat words and keep him focused. Do games with pictures and words. speach & language will advise you more. Good luck.

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