By Bill Davis, Wendy Goldband Schunick

Such a lot emergency employees, outlets and retail defense recognize little or no approximately autism. This booklet explains what to seem for and the way to effectively deal with encounters with those that have autism. It takes emergency responders, outlets and fogeys via daily events, stressing defense and expertise. The authors clarify the stairs all people can take to prevent tricky and hazardous occasions with individuals with autism, and extra normal directions. choked with necessary rules and key element reminders, the publication can be a very good education software.

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It’s very important to know some of the different ways in which people with autism can communicate. There are now high tech devices called Dyna Voxes and Dyna Mites. These are little computers that are programmed to suit the individual. Communication is achieved by pressing different category buttons. ” So the help button is pressed and says, “Help me” in a computer voice. ” my child could press the button that says “My name is Chris. ” The voice can be programmed for a child’s voice, an adult’s voice, a male or female voice, and the program can be as complicated or as simple as you want.

You want to look at your subject and say, “Come here. Come here. Come here,” repeating it until you get the eye contact. It’s very important to try to get the individual to focus on you with his or her eyes. Normally, when a person looks and pays attention their eyebrows go up. But for people who have autism the muscles that lift the eyebrows are often underdeveloped. It is not easy to get them to pay attention. So always start by saying, “Look at me. Look at me,” and direct that eye contact. Keep your phrases short and direct the gaze with your hand by bringing it first toward their eyes and then toward yours.

It’s like a security blanket. And like a security blanket, they must have it with them at all times. The objects they pick can be anything. My son used to carry around laminated logos wherever he went. One time he dropped a logo behind a store shelf and started screaming. It was a major tantrum. I didn’t even know what was wrong until I saw he didn’t have the logo in his hand. Thank goodness I found it after digging around! Once he had it again he was fine, but he just needed to have that logo in his hand.

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