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Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-24-2013, 01:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 636
Posted By RiverTam
People assume that if you aren't making eye...

People assume that if you aren't making eye contact, you are either not listening or you are lying. It's ironic because people who have problems interpreting facial expressions and verbal language...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-09-2013, 05:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 537
Posted By RiverTam
Here's  a whole thread on special interests kids...

Here's  a whole thread on special interests kids have had:
http://www.dcurbanmom.com/jforum/posts/list/315597.page
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-09-2013, 05:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 185
Posted By RiverTam
You should go to Intercot.com and ask on their...

You should go to Intercot.com and ask on their special needs board. They're very nice and they're Disney fans and they have this down.
 
There are times when Disney is much less crowded -- the...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-08-2013, 11:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 537
Posted By RiverTam
My kid is 11. His special interests change with...

My kid is 11. His special interests change with time. We have gone through: sharks and marine vertebrates, the environment, weather, Thomas the Train, animals, Martin Luther King, the Civil Rights...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-25-2013, 04:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 386
Posted By RiverTam
With my kids with ASD, we had to practice using...

With my kids with ASD, we had to practice using anger management skills in the moment. Talking about how to handle anger is great, but he couldn't move from feeling angry to doing something about it...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-25-2013, 04:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 582
Posted By RiverTam
The ADOS shouldn't be too stressful, but it is...

The ADOS shouldn't be too stressful, but it is designed to get a kid to demonstrate behaviors typical of ASD in a short period of time, if they are there. 
 
I watched my son's ADOS and did some...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   03-31-2013, 01:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 435
Posted By RiverTam
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by deannanmc http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1380488/autism-treatment-uk-vs-us#post_17313916)

Oh wow. We...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   03-28-2013, 08:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 435
Posted By RiverTam
My insurance has not paid for any treatment of...

My insurance has not paid for any treatment of my child with HFA/ASD. We paid out of pocket for speech therapy and social skills classes and a psychologist. We paid privately for all of his...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   03-09-2013, 10:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 453
Posted By RiverTam
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by sewaneecook http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1376010/sensory-issues-and-soap-i-need-help#post_17289104)
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Forum: Special Needs Parenting   03-07-2013, 04:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 453
Posted By RiverTam
You could try skipping the soap. About 90% of...

You could try skipping the soap. About 90% of the work of getting clean is done mechanically by water.  Try having him wipe down with a wash cloth over every part of his body under the shower head...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   01-22-2013, 06:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 754
Posted By RiverTam
I really like the Asperger's Answer Book.    ...

I really like the Asperger's Answer Book. 
 
Also Tony Atwood's book has good suggestions for an older child, and the Mislabeled Child has good suggestions for older kids. 
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-17-2012, 06:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 617
Posted By RiverTam
You might also want to try to find her a kids'...

You might also want to try to find her a kids' running group. Girls on the Run is a fabulous program.  The program is specifically designed to build self-confidence and physical fitness.
 
You...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-15-2012, 12:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 463
Posted By RiverTam
We used Phineas and Ferb to explain my son's...

We used Phineas and Ferb to explain my son's language disorder/HFA to his brother and to other kids.
 
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-15-2012, 12:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 617
Posted By RiverTam
She might want to try tai chi or aikido or...

She might want to try tai chi or aikido or karate or tae kwon do.
 
All of these activities are more focused on developing skills at your own pace and involve developing good physical strength....
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-31-2012, 08:28 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,066
Posted By RiverTam
My kids are allowed to read anything pretty much...

My kids are allowed to read anything pretty much anything they choose. They can handle that. Their interests run to the gorier parts of history and some science fiction that is somewhat dark...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-26-2012, 08:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 948
Posted By RiverTam
You can't take the kids with you. They won't...

You can't take the kids with you. They won't allow it.
 
However, you can be excused. Call the clerk in charge of jury selection and explain your problem. The clerk will tell you how to get...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-08-2012, 08:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 729
Posted By RiverTam
I have a kid who has this. If it's really bad,...

I have a kid who has this. If it's really bad, we give him a melatonin and have him listen to music.
Forum: Personal Growth   06-05-2012, 02:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,106
Posted By RiverTam
We have a lot of people with bipolar in my...

We have a lot of people with bipolar in my family, and some people with unipolar depression. 
 
When I was a kid, just having a safe space where I didn't have to worry about things getting...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-02-2012, 01:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 956
Posted By RiverTam
You might want to try an abdominal binder.    ...

You might want to try an abdominal binder.  
 
http://www.rehabmart.com/product/pediatric-abdominal-binder-31415.html
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   05-31-2012, 02:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 692
Posted By RiverTam
1.  Regression -- My son never regressed. He...

1.  Regression -- My son never regressed. He just didn't develop speech in a timely way. He hit his milestones on time. He could talk. He just didn't. He put words together in phrases (to ask for...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   05-29-2012, 09:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,696
Posted By RiverTam
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by SpottedFoxx http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1354162/what-resembles-aspergers-but-is-not#post_16994940)
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Forum: Special Needs Parenting   05-29-2012, 09:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,696
Posted By RiverTam
If you want to do research, the best resource is...

If you want to do research, the best resource is "The Mislabeled Child." I know it's not directed to adults, but it clearly lays out different learning disabilities and developmental problems and...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   05-28-2012, 10:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,696
Posted By RiverTam
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by rnra http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1354162/what-resembles-aspergers-but-is-not#post_16993437)

A little...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   05-26-2012, 12:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,696
Posted By RiverTam
Mixed Expressive Receptive Language Disorder and...

Mixed Expressive Receptive Language Disorder and Pragmatic Language Disorder. 
 
Either can be addressed in childhood, but the long term studies show considerable impairments as people move into...
Forum: Personal Growth   05-18-2012, 12:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,010
Posted By RiverTam
Your mother sounds like a real piece of work....

Your mother sounds like a real piece of work. She is very controlling and narcissistic. She had a plan for your life and when you decided to pursue another plan. Teen-agers do that. Sometimes the...
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