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Name: Becky75
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I have 6 yr old who is autistic and ADHD she has a # of other problems also well I should tell you that she is my step-daughter tht we have custody of, but anyway does anyone know why she would lick the walls and spit on herself and rub it all over her body and hair and when the other kids have friends over she wants to pull her pants down. Is this just the autisum or do you think there is more going on with her, the Dr 's are over looking. can I please get someone opinion on this......worried....
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Name: dalia_in_nevada | Date: Jun 18th, 2009 4:49 AM
I am writing you this letter in the hopes of some desperate
assistance in Nevada. I have a young Autistic adult son,
19yrs old, ( Vincent Ortiz ). I understand the dilema you are going thru.
You are not alone. I will be happy to talk to you any time, if anything
just to listen and support each other.
I will make this brief and to the point.
I am a single mom working many
hrs 7 days a week, savings is now gone in an attempt to pay
on my own for caregivers.
My son has severe "episodes" at which he can bite/scratch/pull hair or
all of the above. These behaviors all began over the last couple of
years and are progressively getting worse.He is 5 foot 10 185 pounds.
I am 5 foot 2. I can not restrain him when he attacks.
I desperately need HELP now.
There are NO group homes or facilities who take children and/or young
adults w/ Autism here in Nevada. The state treats Autism like it is a dirty word.
I am in fear for the safety of myself and my daughter as we have been
attacked a cpl times now without a caregiver here full time.
I was thinking there are several folks in the same dilema as myself
here in Nevada as well as across the country..
I would like to know if you could :
1.) assist with helping me open a
RANCH FOR AUTISM here in Nevada. Pahrump still has land low
priced and it's far enough out that folks who don't understand Autism
will feel comfy, yet it is close enough for medical needs.
I know exactly what these children need to make their life
complete and busy with a scheduled routine and space to roam.
I know that I could sucessfully provide the care and know how to
make it a wonderful structured environment for the children.

For instance:
an equestrian area
music program
arts n crafts
a green house
pool / spa
sand box
walking paths

2.) help / steer / assist me w/ getting some families
together that are looking for longterm placement for their
young adults where they will be loved and cared for as if we were there
ourselves. Home-like environment with plenty of activities to keep them
busy and fulfilled. We need 20 committed families that have a young adult
who needs the special care and guidance the Ranch for Autism will provide.
We all know as parents we can not be there forever for our loved ones.
I know I do not want my son to be institutionalized when I can't be there
for him any longer. Of course our children can have visits ( home or on site)
anytime. You may have the connections, knowledge to get this request
completed. You may know someone with acreage ( we need approx. 50 acres )
that needs a tax write-off, or a family member willing to donate.
Maybe help get a fundraiser, some attorney's, doctors, wealthy
folks. Get the community involved! I have faith in you. Together we can pull
all resources and do this.
I currently have an investor to meet/match up to $800K, which is about
1/3 of what we need to reach our goals.
Please contact me with any contacts / ideas that you may have.
God Bless!

Delia Power
360 Yacht Ave
Henderson NV 89012
[email protected] 

Name: There IS Hope | Date: Jul 14th, 2009 2:59 AM
Hi. I work in a school district, as a special-education paraprofessional. I have been blessed to care for and help many different children of various ages, with a variety of challenges. I recently listened to / watched a woman share her incredible story of raising a son with autism. It touched me deeply. Her son was healed, a few years back, and continues to improve in his schooling. I ordered her book and found so much hope in her experience. Hope that applies to everyone, including families with autism but not limited to only autism. My heart goes out to all. If anyone is interested in the details of the book and the radio / t.v. program, please e-mail me at [email protected] (Since it is my understanding that some things cannot be posted.) With excitement, encouragement, and heart-felt appreciation and compassion to every family touched by especially autism...There IS Hope. 

Name: aspiemum | Date: Aug 25th, 2009 10:18 PM
has lots of help 

Name: kizzy | Date: Aug 30th, 2009 3:07 PM
how old is your daughter!
I have a 3 year old son who has been diagnosed with autism if u want to chat just let me know my email is [email protected] 

Name: DebH | Date: Sep 22nd, 2009 11:32 PM
My 4 and 1/2 year old son is autistic and has had severe sensory issues. I can tell you that the wall licking and spitting and rubbing it on herself are not as strange as it appears. It's sensory-seeking behavior, some children with autism don't process sensory input correctly, and the result can be some pretty odd and sometimes disturbing behavior, usually not socially acceptable behavior. My son responded extremely well to Occupational Therapy, OT is a MUST in my opinion for the child with sensory issues, with or without autism present. Sensory seeking behavior could be considered a good sign, in that it's her brain trying to get the message and assimilate it. 

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Name: Terrie | Date: Oct 3rd, 2009 1:46 PM
Check into Applied Behavioral Analysis as well as sensory issues by talking to an Occupational Therapist (through the school system). As soon as she licks the wall, you could immediately try an alternative or replacement behavior: Let's lick this instead (a large grahm cracker? A large saltine cracker? A large cookie or lollipop?). You know your daughter best - likes/dislikes. As for the spitting on self- try: you can spit in the garbage can instead and once she does then immediately put perhaps lotion or a foam bacterial hand sanitizer and teacher her to rub it on herself while praising her! The key is to not react when theinappropriate behavior occurs....give a replacement behabior similiar to what she does....teach her how to do the replacement behavior...and praise her! Words or by giving her a favorite little snack or whatever. If yo react with words and facial expressions and body language, you will reinforce her to continue the behavior because you are giving her attention and she knows it (have someone else observe her behaiors while she does it...she may be looking at you ahead of time to see if yo uare watching and then do it waiting for your reaction). It's very complicating. Seek a specialist in behaviors. Good luck. 

Name: LORI | Date: Oct 8th, 2009 3:04 PM
My daughter (also 6) has autism and ADHD. It is a mirical if she stays dressed at all at home. My other children can not have friends over due to the fact that she is always 100% nude at home. There is more if you want to email me I am sure I may be able to shed some light. Feel free
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Name: tasha1011 | Date: Aug 20th, 2010 5:15 PM
I have posted an article on controlling temper tantrums (anger outbursts). You can read it at http://www.associatedcontent.com/

gives tips and suggestions to parents (like myself) who have children on the spectrum. Read it and tell me what you think. 

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