Helping Autistic Kids Shine

Are you parenting a child on the autism spectrum? This interview will give you insight and hope. We talk with Dr. Lynn Koegel, a clinical professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and author of Hidden Brilliance: Unlocking the Intelligence of Autism. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

In this episode, we cover:

  • What are some of the variations in the way autism presents in humans?
  • What are some of the symptoms or signs of autism at different ages? 
  • We so often focus on the weaknesses of children with autism and overlook their strengths. Why is this a problem for children on the autism spectrum?
  • How is autism diagnosed, and what are the limits to this testing?
  • What can parents do to make sure that the testing more clearly reflects their child’s strengths as well as weaknesses?
  • The absence of speaking starting at around age one and struggles with communicating are common with people with autism. What can parents do to help improve spoken language?
  • How can we help autistic kids to learn social connectedness? 
  • The inability to express their needs verbally can lead to behavioral issues such as screaming, aggression, and tantrums. What works to help the child and improve these behaviors?
    • The first question is what the behavior is trying to communicate.
    • Teach replacement behaviors. How do you find and teach this?
    • Environmental manipulation. Change what you can.
    • Priming
    • Self-management
  • Working with the school
  • Prognosis
  • Causes of autism

Hidden Brilliance: Unlocking the Intelligence of Autism

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Music Credit: Michael Ashworth

Image Credit: Mikhail Nilov