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how do you discipline an autistic child /

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Asked by momc52 at 6:53 PM on Jan. 17, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • We use a calm voice because our son can not tolerate loud voices or noise. And we take special things away~ his favorite thing is his game boy and going to the library. Works very well for us. Our son is 12 years old.

    Answer by Robsmommy at 6:55 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • You don't. Or, at least, you don't *effectively*... they don't understand. It's like yelling at a dog two days after they do something wrong: it doesn't make sense and it doesn't change their behaviour.

    Autistic (and lots of other handicapped) people need their environment arranged so that they can succeed --things they aren't allowed to do are not available to them. At all. Things they can't handle are done for them. Et cetera. Like keeping small toys out of reach of small children so they can't inhale them or choke on them....

    Discipline is 'teaching' that requires 'learning' to be happening. Without being able to engage autistic kids, it's very hard to stuff things into their heads. Harder even than convincing adults (with as much research as would fill an average house to prove it) that punishment does not teach what it's supposed to teach --quite the opposite.

    Answer by LindaClement at 6:57 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • We take things away; he loves his iPod, that's a good currency for him.

    Answer by Scuba at 6:57 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • I take away his PS3 and his train stuff
    he's 9 and moderately autistic

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 7:37 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • Why would you diciplin them any different then any other child?
    Honestly, I understand their limitations (some more severe then others), but I don't agree in treating them any different.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 9:01 PM on Jan. 17, 2011

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