Taking the Bite out of a Biting Child
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Child care is a continuous learning process and problems are usually a stepping stone in learning more about children. Biting is one such problem that has to be handled with tender loving care. A biting child is a negative child and has to be tackled with immediately. Whether it is a home care or a day care or whether the child is just with siblings, a child who bites has to be taught the rules. The  [...]

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Ways To Recognise And Deal With Autism

Submitted by on June 6, 2009 – 10:39 amNo Comment

How would you feel in a situation when the sound of fan rooms felt like an electric saw in your head, or the normal lights felt bright enough to split one’s head or someone speaking in front of you seems like a distant roar that means nothing, which means one’s body is not able to comprehend when situations begin or end, or extreme difficulty in sitting still or sitting down or concentrating.

Many a times the pen one might hold may seem like broken glass, or the paper one may seek to write on seem blinding or the ordinary odours of life seem repugnant and obnoxious. It would seem an extremely difficult venture to undertake the task of learning, if one is bothered with just one such sensory nightmare, also known as autism. Children from birth to the ages of six have been diagnosed with this Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a neurological development disorder for which there is no cure, with no two people suffering from this disease are exactly alike. But early intervention and other strategies can help bring about dramatic improvements in the skill sets of sufferers and significantly improve the quality if their lives.

Children with ASD’s may have discrepancy in behavioural, communication and social interaction skills, with these characteristics being present in a variety of combinations ranging from mild to severe cases. Many times anxiety and depression also set in with these sufferers.

The solution is early diagnosis, which is by no means easy and is made on the basis of symptoms or core blights such as communications, socialisation and repetitive behaviour. Early detection is essentially important as it averts the child becoming locked into rituals and behaviour that take them away from the world and make them retract into their shell.

Effective practice like the Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA), which is an approach that employs principles of behaviour, first devised by B.F.Skinner, was shown to give effective results. While there were differing results, this research has essentially shown that children who received about 15-20 hours of good quality intervention, such as educational and applied behavioural analysis do best.

Professional training for teachers and parents, autism specific child care centres and playgroups to be created is key step towards tackling this problem.

This has been a great boon for families where the key educational question is: ’How am I going to keep my child in school?’

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