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Miriam84
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Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:06 pm 
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So glad to hear that hun Smile
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Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:09 pm 
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thankyou mirriam.

she is behind but no reason why she wont catch up:) shes amazing me everyday.
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Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:51 pm 
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Cbeebies has a lot of videos of justin fletcher doing makaton signs for every day objects, animals etc on their website in the something special bit and if you put singing hands into youtube they have loads of nursery rhymes with makaton on there too. My kids love it as Kieran knows as many signs as Shannah does. Glad to hear everything is going okay.
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Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:20 pm 
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thankyou della.

i think were really getting somewhere know shes started speech therapy she points and says 'whats this' to things. she passes me her beaker and says here yar so i know she wants more she gets her bib when shes hungry and shes started making animal noises. so even thought her speech isnt great shes learning to communcate which is brilliant. speech therapists coming back to see her in just over 2 weeks and i think shes gonna be amazed with her progress coz i know i am.

i got a report from her today. and it basically says aims are for her to identify a body part on command, to develop georgias joint attention(i.e when me and her are doing something together), maximise use of visual clues such as showing her her shoes so she related the word to an object, develop copying skills.
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Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:18 pm 
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My daughter is now 11 months, she is still not smiling at us and doesnt make and facial expressions at all. She has low muscle tone and finds it hard 2 hold her head up 4 long periods at a time! She also suffers seizures altough she can go weeks without havin 1. Does this sound like autism to u? She's not making any noises and is still like a newborn baby! She has had mri and blood test but we are still waitin on results. She has physio, ot and speech therapists comes 2 visit her. Any reply wud be much appreciated. Thank u. Xxx
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Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:57 am 
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Dus sound very similar to how my daughter was when she was younger and they will be assesin her for autism once she is 3
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Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:09 pm 
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Hi Laura. I'm a special needs teacher and I've taught a large number of autistic children. It's a very broad condition, ranging from those with Aspergers to those kids who are quite literally in a world of their own. It's very hard to get a diagnosis so young Laura, it's often not diagnosed until school age. If you want advice on any aspect of special needs, please get in touch hun. Tania, 11 months is too early to diagnose autism. Keep on asking your GP for help and get your little one tested for a whole range of things to rule certain things out x
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Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:51 am 
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hi gemgemz thankyou for ur reply.

I have been told by her paed they would not look into diagnosing till after shes 3. I dont know much about autism only what paed has told me and what ive read. but by that info i really do think this is something that georgia may have and basically just want to help her as much as i can to bring her development on.

with the children you have worked with have u ever found a child to be affectionate and still have autism? and are autistic children behind in speech and understanding?
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Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:17 am 
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Hi Laura. Sorry I didnt realise you'd replied. Just like a 'average' child, autistic children can love affection or hate it. I know some that are especially cuddly! Some ASD children (ASD means autistic spectrum disorder) have sensory issues with touch. A light touch as we know can tickle, almost annoyingly so, and this reaction can be magnified for some children with ASD. Again with speech and communication, I've seen a huge range of ability. Some children have little almost no speech. Most have some, possibly with a slight impediment (which is where SALT- speech&language therapy- comes in). Other children might be very articulate and chatty, appearing 'normal' in most situations, perhaps only looking autistic due to certain behaviours, rituals or obsessions. My own brother, although never diagnosed 30years ago, I believe has aspergers (the mildest form of the ASD). He's been to university, lived in france for a year and holds down a full time job. He's socially a bit 'awkward' and finds judging people's behaviour and emotions hard. He's got a heart of gold though. I just want him to meet the right woman now! Anyway, I hope all that was of some help and reassurance. Get in touch anytime Laura for advise x x x
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Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:29 am 
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Thankyou for the info.

Georgia is especially cuddly so much so that she ends up headbutting coz shes trying to cuddle u so much.

Do children with asd hav problems sleeping? And cud they use hitting etc as trying to show their affection?
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Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:59 pm 
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georgia had her review with her paedeiatrician and she suspects she is on the autistic spectrum so she has referred her to be asessed to see whereabouts she is on the autistic spectrum. she has been refered to a communications clinic, educational physchologist and more in depth speech therapy.

she said it will take a quite a while for her to be reffered but with her being referred so early at 2.5 im very pleased.
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Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:07 am 
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Having said all that about the sign language, our portage worker has told us NOT to use signs!! I think it's a good idea personally, but now what they do is have a selection of picture cards which have 'juice' ' toilet' etc pictures on, and the children are taught when they want something they go and get the card and give it and get what they want. They can carry these in their pocket at nursery and are so simple that if they gave a card to another child that other child would recognise what they wanted, but if they signed it, the other child would have to know sign language to know what they wanted - so it's easier to recognise a picture than a sign to communicate.
We haveg started just with 2 pictures so he can grasp the concept, I've drawn his cup as accurately as I can and a picture of Thomas the Tank Engine and when he wants one we've been teaching him that he has to give us the picture and we give him the cup or train.

hope this helps xx
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Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:34 am 
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Georgia has a picture book ive made up wiv pictures of stuff like her beaker and her bed etc. But tbh she has taken to the signing so much easier.
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Posted: Mon May 14, 2012 3:09 pm 
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We've just had our diagnosis, high functioning ASD, it wasn't a surprise to us. At 28 months, we were told it was too young for a diagnosis by lots of people but it was very evident and as a result we got the diagnosis. Now we see specialists HV's, educational psychologist, speech and language therapy on top of the other specialists he already sees for the neuro and physical stuff and portage. x
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Posted: Mon May 14, 2012 4:21 pm 
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yes i was told that she wudnt be referred for a diagnosis until after she was 3 but shes been referred at 2.5

how quickly was your son reffered for a diagnosis? georgia was referred 6 weeks ago and havent heard anything yet.
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