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Richard B. Graff, PhD, BCBA-D  
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Southborough, MA

Specialties: Autism, Developmental Disabilities

New England Center for Children
Clinical Director
Southborough, MA
My Posts
Jun 20, 2013 in the Asperger's Syndrome Community - 1
First, thank you for taking the time to write; this type of situation can be tricky to navigate, because clearly you don't want to act in a way that might hurt anybody's feelings (if you didn't care about this, you probably wouldn't have taken the time to write!). This is just my opinion, but one strategy that you might consider is spe...
Sounds to me like you are already doing a great job! As you know, many individuals with autism have significant deficits in communication skills, both in how they express themselves, and how well they understand what is being said to them. So, in general, when you are speaking to these friends, you might try to not speak too quickly, and not use complicated...
I think what I would recommend most, besides suggesting that you not worry about this so much, is to simply observe your child closely during the first year of life, and see if there are any signs that might suggest that he or she has autism (e.g., not making eye contact with you, never smiling at you). If you have concerns, talk to your pediatrician and see...
While it is certainly possible that this is related to low blood sugar levels, there could be a number of other explanations for this type of behavior. Thus, it is important that you speak to your child's pediatrician about this, to determine the most appropriate course of action. Best of luck!
It would not be appropriate for me to offer any opinions about whether these behaviors may be related to medication for your child; I am not a physician, have never met your child, etc. However, fatigue, lethargy, and irritability are potential side effect that some individuals have reported when taking this medication. While I cannot offer a medical opin...
It is just my opinion, but anytime a parent has concerns about their child, whether these are behavior issues or strictly medical issues, they should hsave these checked out. In this case, I would begin by talking to your child;s pediatrician about your concerns. be sure to prepare ahead of time--make a list of all the behaviors that concern you (I always s...
To me, the important question is not whether or not this behavior is "part of his autism" or not; the more important question should be, why is he doing this and is there anything that can be done about it! Most inappropriate behavior--just like appropriate behavior--is learned, and occurs because it has been and continues to be reinforced, at le...
It's important that you present your concerns to your child's pediatrician. I always suggest that people write down a list of the behaviors of concern ahead of time, so that they don't forget anything important. I'd also try to keep these straightforward and to the point. So, your list might start with items such as this: 1. Was say...
Sensory integration therapy has been used with individuals with autism spectrum disorders since the 1970s. In this treatment, sensory stimulation (e.g., brushing, joint compression, swinging, etc.) is provided, with the thought that this will improve cognitive functioning and decrease problem behaviors. Personally, I find the arguments for using this therap...
Unfortunately, I am not able to provide any suggestions about her condition may be--no one can, based upon a short description! However, what I think you should do first is to make a list of all of your concerns. lack of speech and drooling are two that you mentioned, but what other concerns do you have? Does she make eye contact, does she play appropriate...