By Leo Christie, PhD
Once considered a relatively low-prevalence condition, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is currently one of the most common forms of developmental disability, dramatically emerging over the past 25 years as a primary diagnostic condition. Prevalence estimates have increased tremendously over the last two decades, from a median prevalence estimate of about 13 per 10,000 in the years between 1987 and 2004 all the way up to 200 per 10,000 in 2012. Such exponential increases have – of course – sparked heated discussions about whether we are experiencing an “epidemic” of ASD.
Among the complicating conditions that frequently accompany ASD are sensory problems that can lead to faulty information processing and further behavioral difficulties.
Colin Rhodes @ LifeHack shared the following tips for parents to manage behavioral problems:
- Change who’s in control by “entering and blending”
- Change the stimulation level
- Change the conversation
- Change mood through exercise
- Change the scene
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