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Date Posted:12:36:27 01/16/02 Wed Author Host/IP: spider-tf042.proxy.aol.com/188.8.131.52 In reply to:
's message, "Re: DEAF AND Autistic" on 19:52:27 09/19/01 Wed
I have a profoundly deaf (diagnosed at 4 months), autistic grandson, age 7. His autism is closest correlated to Asperger-type behavior and was diagnosed last year. He was previously tested for autism and was determined not to be (age 4). Due to his deteriation of behavior at home and school--his Mother moved to the town where the resident deaf school is located. There a psychologist well-aquainted with deaf children diagnosed him. He is now in the "most special of special classes at school" where he receives almost one-on-one attention continually. Through behavior modification and this constant attention, he has progressed rapidly. He signs well and does very well with math. His reading is progressing and his behavior is not quite so socially unacceptable--at school; in fact, he is forming a good friendship with a "normal" deaf child. At home, we still battle his sudden outbursts, self-abuse(biting/scratching himself) and hitting his sibling. These incidents are less now, but no less disconcerting when it happens. He actually jokes and teases and is just a relatively pesty child (fairly normal in that).
Any suggestions how to curb this obsessive behavior? We are concerned that he might really hurt his brother and a new brother is on the way!
We are considering trying medication such as adderal, which we tried once before but discontinued to try behavior modification.