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Name: specialmom
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Hello All,

I hav a 4 yr old autistic child and 7yr old normal child.i try hard to make them play together liketcatch n throw bat n ball..... but they cant stay together for more than ten minutes...... can anyone pl help so that i can make them spend more time together?
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Name: Edwardliu | Date: Sep 17th, 2011 12:49 PM
10 minutes play is not bad.
You can choose their favor game to play. If fight, both of them can't play. Let them to go to " thinking chair" to sit and think. Also tell them if they play nicely, they will win the special award. Give a little bit fruit and water during the play and tell them to eat. Praise them every five minutes for them. Encourage the normal child to play with his brother and tell him he is very good helper.
It will take times to practice. 

Name: Gabbys Mom | Date: Sep 17th, 2011 11:14 PM
I have 1 autistic and 1 average child that are 2 years apart. They are now 16 & 18. I really tried hard to get my son to be active in his sisters life of autism. By going to Doctors appoinments, therepy, ect...I reminded him that he could have been the one with autism and that if it was him then he would want everyone to be understanding. Just remember that sometimes your 7 yr old may need a break too, and encourage him to use his verbal skills and tell you that. Hope that helps. 

Name: specialmom | Date: Sep 21st, 2011 4:42 AM
thanx for the suggestions... rewarding and appreciating older child is helping to extend the playtime 

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