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Posted by Molly on July 20, 2000 at 22:21:34:

In Reply to: Re: Coping with autism posted by trevor_th on July 19, 2000 at 16:59:46:

One other thought - accept the fact that he has been diagnosed as autistic, but don't accept that he is just going to be the way he is. Someone told me to try to increase my son's eye contact as much as possible and this would help with his behavior, speech, etc. The suggestion was the let him climb the slide ladder and get on the other side calling his name. It was frustrating at first and I though it was a waste of time, but I kept trying for about 2 weeks and then he started glancing at me quickly and then started looking for me between the steps. Now we play "peek-a-boo" and laugh. Little steps become bigger. When I see normal children, I question "Why me?", but when I see children terminally ill, or severely retarded, I think I am lucky. Good Luck.

: :Thank you for your support. My husband and I are trying to research as much as we can. Soon we will join a local group. Thanks for the advice.


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