Autism question

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  1. alizesmom

    alizesmom Pumba is my hero but I love Donald

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    Last winter my daughter, Ciara, aged 7 really made progress in sign language,play, interaction with others as well as physical ability. Since then she has regressed. She also has started spinning as often as she can, "zones out" a lot and has become slightly aggressive to me and a couple other caregivers. Is this normal? I am very concerned and have no idea what to do. Karen
     
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  3. DOREEN1779

    DOREEN1779 Mouseketeer

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    I think you need to contact your school or your Pediatric Developmental Nuerologist and ask for an ABA consult. Utilize your Special Services in your District. Ciara could just be frustrated that people are not responding to her ASL and is shutting down. The "spinning" is her way of coping. My 8 year old did act out, similiar to what you have mentioned. ABA therapy saturated the behavior and his agression subsided.
     
  4. dasan

    dasan Earning My Ears

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    Is she on any medications? If so, she might need a adjustment to amount
    or different type.
     
  5. tcufrog

    tcufrog DIS Veteran

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    What sort of therapy is she getting? I've found that whenever I let things lapse with my son he usually stagnates or regresses. I would say ABA would be helpful and she needs to get tested for sensory issues. The spinning sounds like it could be sensory seeking behavior.
     
  6. momofkids

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    My son had some regressions around age 8. He started 3rd grade at that point. It was a year of a lot of changes for him. That is the year he first had to take standardized tests. Also, 3rd grade is a "high pressure" year. At our school 3rd grade is a very intensive year. Another factor may have been his teacher that year. She did some things that I really didn't agree with. Could your daughter be having more anxiety or stress? Our neurodevelopmental pediatrician always recommends that we call him to discuss any significant behavioral changes such as you described. We did call him regarding our sons issues. His advice was to step up the occupational therapy and focus on deep pressure treatments. He also recommended some activities to do at home that would help. I suggest calling the doctor that treats your child's autism. I also suggest the support group at the link following the message. There are many women on their with great advice. Someone is sure to have experienced similar issues. You will probably get dozens of responses within a few minutes.

    http://www.cafemom.com/group/76
     
  7. alizesmom

    alizesmom Pumba is my hero but I love Donald

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    You have all given me good direction. Thanks. Karen
     

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