July 5, 2001
Volume 1, issue 1
BBB Autism, ASO York Region
AUTISM SOCIETY ONTARIO
(YORK REGION CHAPTER)
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Happy 4th of July!
HOLIDAY LETTER FROM AN AUTISTIC CHILD
(This article appeared in the holiday 1999 issue of ASAP news Volume 3.5) The Autism Support and Advocacy and Potential Unlimited Publishing.
"Dear Family and Friends:" was written for the purpose of it being sent to relatives and hosts of summer gatherings who might need a crash course in what to expect from their guest with ASD.
>>Dear Family and Friends:
I understand that we will be visiting each others for the holidays this year!
Sometimes, these visits can be very hard for me, but here is some information that might help our visit to be more successful. As you probably know, I am challenged by a hidden disability called "Autism" or what some people refer to as a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). Autism/PDD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which makes it hard for me to understand the environment around me...<<
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Dealing With Tantrums
by Gary J. Heffner
>>Children with autism have been known to have a temper tantrum or two. Tantrums can be embarrassing, time consuming, guilt producing and tiresome; but they are rarely dangerous. Think about why a child might have a tantrum. That's right, they work!!! Tantrums get children what they want, or they would not do them. What do children want? Candy, attention, Beanie Babies, not to go to bed, to continue self-stimulating, not to take medicine, more cookies, no more broccoli and on and on!
Children want what they want when they want it. There are some things you can do to prevent tantrum behavior (e.g., teach children to wait) but that cannot help you when you are at Wynn-Dixie with a screaming child!
The best solution for a temper tantrum is a commitment from all people who have regular contact with your child to IGNORE the temper tantrum and never give the child what they are tantruming for as long as they are still having a tantrum. Here's how you do it and still stay sane...<<
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