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Rachel Thompson, Ph.D., BCBA  
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MA

Specialties: Autism

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Autism is characterized by delays in social development and language development and the presence of repetitive behavior. There are many other reasons for delayed speech, but speech therapy is appropriate for children with and without a diagnosis of autism. So, it is never a mistake to get speech therapy. From your description, it does not sound like your son...
I understand your frustration regarding difficulties in finding appropriate diagnosis and, more importantly, intervention for your brother. To me, your description does not seem consistent with an spectrum disorder, but in-person assessment is required for diagnosis. If you have not done so recently, consider having your brother reevaluated by a new mental he...
Given your description, it seems unlikely that your child would be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Of course, I still recommend that you follow up with your pediatrian.
You did not mention difficulties with social interaction or repetitive behavior, which are primary characteristics of autism spectrum disorders. It sounds as those his difficulties with attention and other behavior problems are the primary concern. The website of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board has a list of certified professionals, and there are a ...
In addition to seeking the assessment recommended by the school, I recommend that you get the support of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who will be able to provide recommendations for addressing your son's tantrums. The website of the behavior analysis certification board (bacb.com) contains a list of certified professionals by state.
I think it would be a good idea to share these concerns with your pediatrician, who will have a full picture of your child's health and development and will be aware of the local resources for assessment (if necessary). Your pediatrician should also be able to provide some suggestions regarding your child's sleep. All children (and their parents) ne...
Regardless of the child's motivation for wearing his mothers clothes, it is important for her to get control of this behavior. She must be able to restrict his access to her personal belongings and to unsafe materials in the home. Therefore, I would start with gettting her some help to work on his compliance. I would recommend making sure that the chi...
I recommend that you start by sharing any developmental concerns with your pediatrician, who should be able to provide some guidance regarding your child's overall developmental profile and to refer you to some local resources for intial screening if necessary.
It would not be a bad idea to provide alternative activites that provide sensory stimulation, but these activities should not be connected to fecal smearing attempts. That is, if you want to increase stimulation, do that according to a schedule independent of fecal smearing. Some sensory programs inadvertently reward inappropriate behavior. For example, some ...
As you may know, Asperger's is diagnosed based on impaired social development and restricted or repetitive behavior patterns. You noted some social difficulties, but did not mention repetitive behavior, precoccupations, inflexible routines, or other behaviors that fit into that second category. If you feel that he meets these criteria, you should have hi...