my grandson 9 years old has been diagnosed as border line autistic.his behaviour is desstructive most of the time,breaking things making dents in walls,screaming,behind acadamically,.Is very talkative,makes eye contact ,very short attention span.Goes to special education program.last week his father moved to montreal as he had to join his job leaving his family in Toronto to join later.His behaviour has become worse.Constantly says why am I behaving like this? Am I a bad boy? My behaviour is horrible.I dont know what to do to help this family.He has no proper follow up about his behaviour.Where should they look for help.Do you know some medicine to relax him so he can focus. help this family pleaspe.His diagnose initially as I came to know just now was PDD nos (pervasive development disorder
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 9 years
What ever the teachers feed back is. Nothing much.
I am Susan McPhail, M.Ed. I've been teaching special education for over 24 years and am the parent of an adult daughter who has autism. I have had training and conducted training in a variety of interventions designed to alleviate issues that are faced by people with autism/Asperger's syndrome. I have served as an expert witness and advocated for people who are on the spectrum of autism for over 20 years. I am currently a doctoral candidate and the focus of my dissertation is autism training for teachers.
I am sure that some sort of behavior therapy or counseling will be beneficial to your grandson. It seems as if he is not able to fully control his actions and is wondering why he has outbursts. This is a positive clue that he is in tune with getting help for his behavior and is ready for intervention. A good therapist who is familiar with high functioning autism and/or Asperger's syndrome would be a great way for him to get help with self regulating his actions and feelings. I am going to research therapists in Montreal. How soon will he join his father? Also, his father's leaving has undoubtedly affected him and may be a major cause of the behaviors. He needs to be reassured that all will be well shortly. As much as possible, prepare him for any changes that are forthcoming in his life. He can accept the changes a lot better if he's prepared ahead of time. I am not sure of the educational laws in Canada, but the school district should be able to provide some supports and services for him. Is he exhibiting these behaviors at school as well as at home? I will get back to you asap with resources in Montreal. If you will let me know where in CAnada he is now, I'll see what I can find close to you.
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Here is a link to possible services in Montreal. http://www.autismcentral.ca/research/index.php/en/resources/13-montreal-resources
I hope these help in finding services and/or supports for your grandson. Let me know if I can be of further assistance.
Hi, Susan, I want to know first of all that according to my details with zero attention span, repeating words we ask him and his destructive behaviour whether he fits his autism category when he looks to me ashe is more ADHD in behaviour.Secondly are there medicines to give in his case and what is the name of that medicine.He lives in Toronto in York Region . He will be moving to Montreal in a few months.last of all .his continuous babbling and restlessness and unpredictable behaviour is driving her mom and sister nuts.
HiSusan,Iam still waiting for your reply as a follow up to my question because I am still not satisfied with your reply .You have not answered all my questions. Thankyou
Thank you for clarifying. I am not qualified to make a diagnosis and he would need to be seen by a reputable therapist who is familiar with autism to get a difinitive diagnosis. Repeting words is an indicator of autism as is destructive behvavior. There are medications that will alleviate symptoms and a psychiatrist can make the decision of which would be most appropriate for him. I have known ppl w/ autism who take psycotropic meds as well as anxiety meds such as xanax. Again, he would need to seen by a professional to be prescribed medication. A good therapist can also work with him on the constant talking and restlessness that are problematic. I will check on services in Toronto York Region and will get back shortly.
Thankyou Susan for your help I appreciate it.
Over 22 years experience in autism and the parent of a daughter on the spectrum
Current doctoral candidate in Educ.