Does anyone have any good books or websites on tips for dealing with your child with aspergers or sensory processing disorder?
We are not pursuing a formal diagnosis at all, but I'd like to try to implement some of the strategies -- especially the ones for the aggressive outbursts/tantrums to see if they help at all...
Perhaps The Explosive Child, by Ablom, Greene. Not specific to your dx or any other, this book offers insight into the causes of behavior, and some strategies for problem solving.
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I recommending seeing an Occupational therapist to nail down what sort of sensory diet would be most helpful for your child. Most of my DD's meltdowns were sensory related.
How old is the child? How are they schooled?
Why no eval?
but everything has pros and cons
We homeschool, and it really isn't a problem... both my husband I and think there's something amiss, but not that its a big deal.... BUT, i would like a few techniques to help him deal with social strategies and the meltdowns... (I really relate to a few posts by people here and its always linked back to either aspergers or sensory processing disorder, so thats why im asking for books that deal with those)... He's 7. And, I'm really starting to believe in the diet/behaviour link. We follow a pretty healthy whole food, mostly dairy free diet usually but over the holidays ate HORRIBLY... and his behaviour TANKED! Now that we're back on track... its lessening...
I love the out of sync child, it's not exactly targeted toward older children but it will give you a great understanding of SPD
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The out of synch child & the out of synch child has fun.
1001 idea for kids with Aspergers.
we also watched the Temple Grandin movie and it really opened my eyes to how he may be feeling sensory wise.
We see an OT which has help a ton !! They can really help figure out what type of sensory issues your son is having and diffierent ideas to meet the sensory need. My son needs a ton of heavy lifting and body input, so we put in the "juicer" Basically smoosh him under a big bean bag (don;t worry his head is out so he can breathe, and he loves it) And we haul firewood daily, the repeitive heavy motion is queit calming for him
Also Our son was dx. with Aspergers and SPD at 4yrs old. We went on a completely dairy free, grain free, sugar free diet (Gaps and then switched to SCD) when he was dx. we have been on it for almost a year and a half. and we have seen incredible results :) The first six months was rough but I look back now and my child is compeletely different in meltdown raging terms than a year and a half ago. I would like to start adding some traditional grains, but am scared we may regress back to where we were :( Oh and he dosen't mind it one bit! We have been out and people have tried to offer him food he can't eat and he sweetly replies to them (while looking at his feet) "I'm on restricted diet" . He never asks to eat anything different, even while seeing what other people eat; it almost like he knows his body just can not handle it, I think he feels better too!
Hopefully you can find something helpful for your son!
Agree on the Out-of-Sync-Child, and the Out of Sync Child has fun. Have you checked out any of Temple Grandin's books? They Way I See It is good. There's one called The Autistic Brain too. This site has some recommendations for books too. http://www.squidoo.com/sensory-processing-disorders
Thanks for asking the question crazytownmama and thanks for those that responded. I'm in a similar situation with an explosive son with regular meltdowns. These books and recommendations are very helpful.
We also do a social skills group with about 3 other kids my son's age. That way, the psychologist can help the kids manage their behavior and sensory issues while navigating through common situations occuring in life. We've been very pleased with our group.
oooohhh... how did you find your social skills group?
I second the reccomendation for the Explosive Child.
My son has epilepsy, sensory sensitivities, anxiety and he just explodes sometimes. It was so bad 3 years ago that I had to call the police once (he was 8 years old).
I read and read and read, so many books. The Explosive Child was the one that really helped me get my head around it. I tried The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child, but those techniques did not work for him. He was usually cooperative, but when he exploded it was so violent and so destructive that the usual methods did not help.
I had to learn to let go of a lot - if bowling alleys were too loud for him, well, I did not force him to go to birthday parties at bowling alleys. Movie theaters were sensory overload, so we didn't see any movies. I realized that these things were just not that important. He could not stand seams in his socks, so, well, he wears seamless socks (I highly recc Lands End and Hannah Anderson for sensitive kids clothes).