My son was diagnosed on autistic spectrum last year. He is 5 now and started main stream school this year.
The main area of concern for me is his speech delay. He hardly say one words and is all by himself. As he do not speak thus stay aloof from kids of his age. At home, If he needs anything he will just pin point or may be use one word.
Is there any good/trusted book online which I can buy and will be useful in helping him frame sentences,
A common mistake parents often make is teaching their autistic child that the behaviours they have due to being autistic are wrong in and that they must change them to fit in with his peers who have a predominant neurotype. Your say his speech is an area of concern for you. Is his speech an area of concern for him? If it isn't and he's happy doing his own thing why force him to change? If he is happy I'd leave him to it for now and hopefully, others have some ideas of books you can you use if he wants to improve his speech. If he isn't happy I hope they help him now.
It might be useful for you to know that as an autistic I spoke later than my peers and was very happy with this. In fact when I could speak I often stayed extremely quiet during my school years as I found the needs of my NT peers tedious, especially their need for small talk and to gossip about others. The fact that I don't waste my time on these things has been an advantage throughout my adult life and especially my career as I've been able to focus on what needs to be done. For example, as I concentrated on learning my craft, instead of office tittle-tattle, I was promoted to the role of advanced teacher less than a year after qualifying as a teacher. This meant my practice was at such a high level I was required to spend part of my time delivering staff development sessions.
Thank you very much for your feedback and sharing your personal experience . It first time ever I got some advice from person who himself has experienced the situation. Thank you again
Here I would share that I am not trying to change him. Rather I have seen some changes in him where he wish to express himself eg: once he needed cheerios... he pin pointed and I said you want cheerios.. he repeated after me... next time he came to kitchen and tried to recall then said "cheerio".... I wish to educate myself that how can I understand from his perspective and help him educating about his needs in every day scenario.
Hi my son is 7 and was the same at 4. The last 3 years have been hard and amazing and I so much I can share with You and show you a video of him at 4 and now, and his progress has been amazing . I know that each child is different and your boy may learn quicker then mine or slower or differently but if you want advice, support, someone to talk to when your at your wits end and want to rip your hair out , then I’d love to be and to help another asd mum. If you want to contact me your welcome to email@example.com xxx
Hi, I am new here.My son is 3 years and 7 months and since Xmas he changed. I noticed a lot of echolalia,he used to eat everything and now is resuming to just few foods,etc.I am really worried and scared.I booked an assessment in his nursery for next week.Can you please kindly if possible to help me with some information regarding what therapy is best and what other help.Many thanks
I'm 35 year old autistic women, who is a teacher. I experience echolalia when in stressful situations, or when I am overloaded. The best thing you can do is accept your son for who he is, rather than encouraging him to change to fit in with societies damaging expectations. The only challenges I have faced is coping with the emotions that are evoked by society trying to disable me rather than accepting my neurotype as a natural variation in the human mind.
There are companies who specialise in autism who are able to offer you therapy to work through your emotions regarding your sons differences and to help you truly understand what autism is and the impact it has on people, compared to the damaging and outdated stereotypes that are shown in the media. Action for Aspergers is one of these companies.