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LauraG
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Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:38 pm 
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georgias peadetrician thinks she has autism.

does anyones child hav autism? when where they assesed/diagnosed? do they go to school or a special school?
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Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:04 pm 
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my nephew has it and goes to main stream school but it comes in different servertiys. The only thing he has trouble with is socialling and mobilty but you would know unless u were told he has autism.
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Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:05 pm 
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thanx for ur post.

how was ur nephew assesed/tested for autism?
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Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:06 pm 
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I've worked with autistic children, especially those on the upper end of the spectrum. Autistic children generally exhibit behaviour such as no eye-contact, not smiling, hard to socialise, speech difficulties and communication problems not due to deafness, behavioural traits such as repetitive movements and when things are out of routine they can feel unsettled and can get upset and sometimes lash out. Occasionally they feel less pain so are able to do things like bang their heads on walls without it hurting but with the reduction of gluten in the diet this can be changed.
Does this sound like Georgia? There are many parts to the autistic spectrum and autism can take a while to diagnose especially with one so young I would be a bit cautious of putting the label on her as yet. If you want any more info let me know xx
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Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:11 pm 
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that sounds exactly like georgia. she doesent do much eye contact dosesnt smile much very hard to socialise, delayed speech and lack of communication, repetetive movements and feels unsetlled when out of routine and always lashes out:( yes she feels less pain she never cries at anything. i banged her head on car dor before and i was like omg shes gonna scream that must have so hurt but no nothing.

never knew that about the gluten thing thats interesting.

yer im trying not to label her as the doctor hasnt yet.

can i ask where u worked with children with autism in a a nursery?
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Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:03 pm 
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it was a privately run scheme in peoples houses, they set up a porta cabin in their garden which acted as playroom / school and we worked with the child for 2 hour shifts which were video-fed into the house. very intensive, very hard work but very rewarding and it taught you a lot about yourself in the process. the idea was you went into their world and did exactly what they did, if they lined up trains on the floor, you lined up trains too and by doing so you saw what they found interesting about it and they were relaxed that someone else could relate to them which led to being able to introduce a learning aspect slowly such as counting the trains etc. Learning simple signs really helps with the communication, try food, bed, drink to start (mime it) then names etc, you can google some signs

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Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:13 pm 
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my nephew was asscess at the age of 3 which i think is the earlist they will diagnois it
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Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:54 am 
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Thanx 4 ur messages. I think thats y her consultant is goin 2 review her at 2.5 and then if she still suspects we will b refered by the time she is 3 to our local hospital.

Sounds very rewarding the job u were doing. Yes im hoping the speech and language therapist will b able to help with signs on Tuesday.

Do u hav to hav all signs of autism or nt? Coz obviously it comes in different severities.
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Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:37 am 
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the autistic spectrum is so broad it's hard to generalise, bit like some pregnant women get morning sickness, some get swollen feet, some get nothing but they are all still pregnant. To a certain degree I think most people have a degree of autism cos we all have our funny little ways and means of doing things etc. Georgia's behaviour sounds quite typical to me of her age and nothing more really considering her hearing problems. In your photos she looks bright and happy, smiley and looks into the camera I wouldn't worry too much about autism at this stage I think the paediatrician was being a bit overly diagnostic. I would just get on with things and see how you go - another thing to do is also teach Louise the signs then Georgia would copy both of you, she would probably copy Louise more. Repetition is the key and rewarding by clapping etc.

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Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:56 am 
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They only think she has hearing loss she will b retested nxt month.
WYes i will teach the signs to Louise aswell, she will like that.
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Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:16 am 
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there are books and videos you can get from the library or look on the internet, some websites show how to do signs too if you want to go a bit further than just the simple stuff for food etc. It's a great thing to learn anyway even if you don't need it and kids love it
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Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:46 pm 
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ive been teaching her 'drink' and doin the action as if im holding handles of her cup.

she will not do the action back to me but she does know what I mean when i say drink she knows what im talking about.

should i keep going with the action until she copies?
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Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:54 am 
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yes, just keep going with it, repetition is the key, try moving her hands too when you say it and then you do the sign too to reinforce it, repeat it again and again make sure you are at her level and smile so she knows it's something good to do.

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Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:51 am 
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Thanx hun.

She had a speech and language assesment yesterday and the speech therapist advised me to do exactly what uv said so she was impressed that id already started signing with her. She wants me to continue wiv the signs and she will see Georgia every 3 weeks to help with the signs.
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Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:49 pm 
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well just wanted to update since this post georgia has done brilliant.....

uve been doin signs to her and talking to her lots and listening to her gabbling.

she can now pass me her drink and say 'here yar' so i know she wants more drink. she has also learned to quack like a duck. at this rate shes gonna be just fine:)
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