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suspected autism for 7yo son

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zarzlee71 Mon 15-Jun-15 16:16:27

Hi everyone. My son is suspected to be on the autism spectrum and is currently waiting for tests from the school (looking into doing it private to save the wait). He is like Jekal and Hyde and is very unpredictable with his moods, switches very rapidly and can be very angry. We also have a one year old and we plan on having another in the near future. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on how to deal with his behaviour? as with most autistic children he doesn't accept punishment and just sees it as us being horrible, doesn't understand it. I have tried calming techniques with him but sometimes he just gets so het up that calming him is a mission. any advice is very much welcome. Thank you in advance

PolterGoose Mon 15-Jun-15 18:55:29

Hello zarzlee smile

When you say 'tests from school' can I ask what you mean? It's just that schools can't assess for autism, that would need to be done through health professionals (usually a paediatrician or psychiatrist).

Behaviour wise, I've used a combination of sensory OT interventions (if you look on the SN Children board there's a sensory support thread), the approach of Ross Greene who wrote the frankly marvellous 'The Explosive Child' and some CBT techniques like Dawn Huebner's 'What to do when...' books.

The key thing with all of it is that there is no quick fix, I have had years of learning, trying, being vigilant and most of all being pro-active and am now seeing the results in some amazing progress with my ds who is now 12.

zarzlee71 Mon 15-Jun-15 19:22:49

Hello, the school DS goes to works closely with CAMS which is a child psychologists in our area, they also have an autism specialist who goes to the school every two weeks. He will be seen by her first for an initial diagnosis and then be referred to the psychologists for more thorough tests to get an official diagnosis. Thank you for your tips, I will have a look. x

PolterGoose Mon 15-Jun-15 19:35:51

Oh, that sounds good, it's nice to hear of some proper multi agency working for a change!

Good luck flowers

(You might want to ask MNHQ to edit your post as you've used your ds's name)

zarzlee71 Mon 15-Jun-15 20:38:11

Oh ye, I didn't even notice. thanx for letting me know. xx

TheOnlyOliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 16-Jun-15 19:48:32

Hiya We've edited this for you
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zarzlee71 Tue 16-Jun-15 21:26:46

Thank you! x

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