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OT/PT for Autism? MariaAlexisNJCIII(ASD) 66 kids; Sterling, Illinois 11519 posts
10th Nov '12

My son was just diagnosed with autism and I was wondering what Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy they will do for him?

Also whats good toys or things for him to do?



Could use some support plz and ty

Jessica Fili 1 child; Sanford, Maine 697 posts
10th Nov '12

I have 2 Autistic nieces, prepare for a hard journey mama, how old is your child? Puzzles, Sorting toys, music toys, my nieces are incredibly smart they r now 8 and 10 and love the WII, and arts and crafts like an easel or calk board always was a winner.

MariaAlexisNJCIII(ASD) 66 kids; Sterling, Illinois 11519 posts
10th Nov '12

He will b 4 on 12-1 he has a ps3 n had it since age 18mo, i have a dry erase board for him and lots of coloring stuff...



thanks for other ideas

~T&C plus me~ 2 kids; .., OR, United States 4189 posts
10th Nov '12

My nephews are both autistic. The OT helps with motor skills, and also with depth perception, and behavior. PT helps because a lot of time they have weak muscles so it helps with that. I agree with the poster above be prepared for a rough time. My sister said that also they will both help with coordination. They are both very important! If you have any questions, you can ask me and I can always my sister! She is apart of the Autism Society in our area.

MariaAlexisNJCIII(ASD) 66 kids; Sterling, Illinois 11519 posts
10th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Tristan's Mommy!:</b>" My nephews are both autistic. The OT helps with motor skills, and also with depth perception, and behavior. ... [snip!] ... If you have any questions, you can ask me and I can always my sister! She is apart of the Autism Society in our area. "</blockquote>




Thanks!

~T&C plus me~ 2 kids; .., OR, United States 4189 posts
10th Nov '12
Quoting LexiJCIII&TTC:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Tristan's Mommy!:</b>" My nephews are both autistic. The OT ... [snip!] ... you can ask me and I can always my sister! She is apart of the Autism Society in our area. "</blockquote> Thanks!"


Not a problem! I called her to ask her why they were important, and I can't tell you how many times in the conversation she stressed how important they both are! I do know that my younger nephew likes the puzzles and stuff. She has mentioned that at the OT they have these weighted blankets and both of the boys really like them. If they are having problems with behavior you can pull it out and it is supposed to help. She also said if you have an early intervention program in your area to look into it!

Jessica Fili 1 child; Sanford, Maine 697 posts
10th Nov '12
Quoting LexiJCIII&TTC:" He will b 4 on 12-1 he has a ps3 n had it since age 18mo,"


thats sweet! does he have the motion sense games with the active controller? the reason the like the wii was the activeness! i would definitely get lots of drawing stuff, and puzzles, and also they loved tents for some reason, anytime they had one of their fits, they would hide out in their tent and calm down, like totally by their choice... find a wicked soft blanket too and if he starts to have a fit or freak out, wrap him up tight and hold him and rock him, the girls therapist said it was awesome for them, and back rubs to calm them down. hand make place mats with photos of who is who and get a dry erase board and do a schedule and show the schedule every day...flash cards helped them out a lot. if i can help you further i will try my girlfriend has a lot of links and groups she uses for her own research and is very active in the autism awareness movement

MariaAlexisNJCIII(ASD) 66 kids; Sterling, Illinois 11519 posts
10th Nov '12
Quoting Tristan's Mommy!:" Not a problem! I called her to ask her why they were important, and I can't tell you how many times ... [snip!] ... pull it out and it is supposed to help. She also said if you have an early intervention program in your area to look into it!"


idk if we do?

MariaAlexisNJCIII(ASD) 66 kids; Sterling, Illinois 11519 posts
10th Nov '12
Quoting Jessica Fili:" thats sweet! does he have the motion sense games with the active controller? the reason the like the ... [snip!] ... my girlfriend has a lot of links and groups she uses for her own research and is very active in the autism awareness movement"


thanks!!!

lilsoph 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Kokomo, Indiana 4368 posts
10th Nov '12

my son has aspergers syndrome and does PT/OT weekly. OT helps with motor skills and behavior/controlling his anger. Play therapy i was VERY skeptical about, the idea of paying someone to play with him was eating away at me. Of course we tried it anyway and let me tell you BEST decision ever. It has really opened up his world, showed him that playing with others can be very enjoyable and made him kinda interested in socializing, which he wasnt before. They also work with him on issues they may have (like my son needs things done a certain way and she is helping us understand why).
Educational games and toys are very good for him. My son has a tendency to get lost in videogames, i try to stick to either educational games or games where he has to build things (he just beat BAD PIGGIES). Anything to keep their mind busy and challenged. He also enjoys board games right now. We do a lot of play that involves fine motor, like legos, beads. Do lots of crafts if he enjoys them. My son sadly does not :( How old is he?

MariaAlexisNJCIII(ASD) 66 kids; Sterling, Illinois 11519 posts
10th Nov '12
Quoting lilsoph:" my son has aspergers syndrome and does PT/OT weekly. OT helps with motor skills and behavior/controlling ... [snip!] ... play that involves fine motor, like legos, beads. Do lots of crafts if he enjoys them. My son sadly does not :( How old is he?"

his bday is dec 1st!!! very excited hes gonna b 4! Thanks for all the input imma let ppl know cuz they r asking what to get him for his birthday! we have lots of legos time to dig em out!!!

Momof2bratz 2 kids; Camarillo, California 3501 posts
10th Nov '12

My son turns three tomorrow.. he was diagnosed with Autism PDD NOS. We've been with Early Int/OT and Speech Therapy since around April of this year. EI and OT were working together with us. Peg boards were a big part as well as puzzles... He has one "book" (they copied it for me) that has lots of small words (3 words) as well as a picture. It's his absolute favorite book. I'd like to scan it one day and share it to BG so parents can help out. Mainly for speech. He starts a Special Needs program on Tuesday (first day) at a nearby school. Just do whatever you can to get as much help as possible. Associating him with others as much as possible is another one we're doing. ---Good luck.. it's a long road - and many of us are still going through it.

MariaAlexisNJCIII(ASD) 66 kids; Sterling, Illinois 11519 posts
11th Nov '12
Quoting Constant Exhaustion:" My son turns three tomorrow.. he was diagnosed with Autism PDD NOS. We've been with Early Int/OT and ... [snip!] ... as much as possible is another one we're doing. ---Good luck.. it's a long road - and many of us are still going through it."


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