Parent of a child recently diagnosed with ASD.

Hi there,My Son who is 10 in 6days got diagnosed with ASD in December 18.

He is really struggling at school at the moment with managing his emotions, He has frequent outbursts of anger.

The school are helping in many different ways they can,coming up with different strategies to help him self regulate but things that have worked in the past are not working now.

I'm looking for any help or advice in maybe things people have tried in past? Any advice would be appreciated. 

Thank you x

  • Hello,

    I’m not the parent of an autistic child, so I can’t give you first hand advice, but NAS does offer a parent to parent service which you can find here. The NAS helpline can be found here.

    There has been some recent research showing that GABA fortified tea can help alleviate some of the typical symptoms associated with autism. Research, so far, has been with children and young adults.

    Oolong tea is part fermented tea, so lies in between green tea, which is unfermented, and black tea which is fully fermented. GABA fortified oolong tea, is tea that has been placed in a nitrogen rich environment during oxidisation. Unfortunately it is quite expensive, but it might be worth a go.

    Trial with autistic children: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31060476

    Trial with young autistic adults: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnut.2019.00027/full

    “Additionally, the apparent deficiency of the inhibitory neuro- transmitter GABA in the cerebellum of ASC individuals should also be an area for consideration, as this could have a global impact on sensorimotor planning, cognitive and social development. The introduction of a non-evasive GABA substitute, such as oolong tea, could therefore lead to a decrease in sensory feed- back, supporting an equilibrium with feedforward programing and ultimately moderate planned movement.” The Role of Sensorimotor Difficulties in Autism Spectrum Conditions

  • Hi ,

    You may like to have a look at the following link for more information on behaviour and strategies:

    http://www.autism.org.uk/living-with-autism/understanding-behaviour.aspx

    This information focuses more on physically challenging behaviour including intervention/strategies: http://www.autism.org.uk/about/behaviour/challenging-behaviour.aspx

    You may be interested in seeking some professional support regarding the behaviour. You can search for professionals in your area we are aware of on the Autism Services Directory: www.autism.org.uk/directory.aspx


    You may like to contact The Autism Helpline who can provide information and advice on behaviour and strategies. You can call them on 0808 800 4104 (Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 3pm). Please note that the Helpline is experiencing a high volume of calls and it may take a couple of attempts before you get through to speak to an advisor.

    I hope this helps,

    ChloeMod.