How can I teach my kindergarten students about a classmate that has Autism?

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I have a student in my kindergarten class with Autism and the other children are having a hard time dealing with it. I believe it is because they don’t understand why he does certain things. How can I explain Autism to kindergarten? Also, are there any activities that I could do with them to simulate the problems that some face with Autism?
Thank you all so much for the answers! I really appreciate your help!

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Autism & Vaccines

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Vaccines don’t cause autism. They just don’t. There was once a single, solitary study that stated a link (and remember kiddies, correlation ain’t causation) between the MMR vaccine and children. The sample size for the study was a measly 12 children. Andrew Wakefield, the study’s author, has lost his license to practice medicine and may face criminal charges for intentionally, fradulently manipulating the data as he did. There is NO scientific evidence suggesting vaccines cause autism. Autism appears to be a neurological condition with several genetic factors. You can get a quick review of how this faulty link came to be believed in this Salon.com article www.salon.com Love your child, whether they are neurotypical or not.

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Can ADHD present itself in a kid in three days during and after a major change?

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In the past three days, since my four-year-old changed classes in his daycare twice in two weeks, he’s been getting in trouble for not minding the teacher and just generally being difficult. So they moved him back to the three-year-old room when the afternoon teacher was having trouble with him. When I called to complain about him being sent BACK to the younger class, the woman I spoke to in the office (not the teacher, she had already left) suggested "maybe it’s his ADHD….."

He’s never been diagnosed with ADHD, and he’s never had discipline problems other than the occasional time-out, in any of his classes, or at home. And he minds the morning teacher.

I think the problem stems from him not handling change well (never has) and being shuffled from class to class in a very short time, and every move makes it worse.

Even if he’s never shown signs of it before, and it’s been only three days, is it something that can be brought on by circumstances, or just naturally?
Thanks everyone. We had a conference with the morning teacher (he behaves pretty well for), two former teachers (who were more than happy to testify that with a few exceptions, usually around major changes, he never had behavioral issues) and the office worker I spoke with. All three teachers said they think that afternoon teacher is possibly in over her head, and that even if he DID have ADHD, part of the package of working with children is to deal with that and provide them an education as well. They also pointed out that ALL of the kids are acting unusual right now, because of the change of class and routine, by being moody, regressing in potty-training, or acting out.

Long story not so short, they’re going to call me if there are more issues, and that teacher is NOT to single him out and hold him back like that again.

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What are some of the best sensory activities/products for children with autism?

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This question is for parents of children with autism and autism professionals. I am looking to provide a really good sensory diet for my 3-year-old daughter, who has autism. Therapy catalogs are full of pricey products. Which ones have you found to be the best?

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Give Autism a Chance- Hospital interview with harry

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Yesterday (Tues 18th January) I went to St Thomas’s Hospital to interview a man with autism called Harry who has recently found work there! He speaks to me about his job, what exactly he does and advice he has for employers, people with autism and myself! He is classic proof that people with autism are very capable of working in society and should be given the chance to do so x

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What is the difference between Methamphetamine and the prescribed ADHD medication Adderal Amphetamines?

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1) What are the long term affects of Methamphetamine versus those of ADHD Amphetamine?

2) Will prescription Amphetamines cause de-calcification of bones or teeth?

3) Would Methamphetamine have less destructive long term physical affects if it were pharmaceutical grade opposed to street-grade?
I am curious because I have a prescription of Adderall.

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ADHD: The Tonsillectomy of the 21st Century?

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Complete video at: fora.tv Sir Ken Robinson compares the current wave of ADHD diagnoses to the “plague” of tonsil removals during the mid-20th Century. He argues that while ADHD may be a real condition, it is currently being over-diagnosed to treat children underperforming among rigid, one-size-fits-all educational systems. —– Sir Ken Robinson is an expert in creativity, innovation, and human resources. He works with governments in Europe, Asia, and the United States, and with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and cultural organizations. Robinson led a national commission on creativity, education, and the economy for the UK government and was central in forming a creative- and economic-development strategy as part of the Northern Ireland peace process. Formerly, he was professor of education at the University of Warwick. He has received several honorary degrees, the Athena Award from the Rhode Island School of Design, the Peabody Medal, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal from the Royal Society of Arts. He received a knighthood for his services to the arts. His latest book is The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Viking, 2009). – The Aspen Institute Sir Ken Robinson is an expert in creativity, innovation, and human resources. He works with governments in Europe, Asia, and the United States, and with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and cultural organizations. Robinson led a national commission on creativity, education, and the

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What are the chances that my children will have autism?

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My fiance and I are planning on having children eventually. In his family, three of the five children have autism. My side is clear. What are the chances of us having a child with autism?

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Vaccine Angle Debunked, Families Now Hope Attention Shifts To Autism Care

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For years, some parents have feared the measles-mumps-and-rubella vaccine can lead to autism. Now a medical journal in England has confirmed the link between autism and early childhood vaccinations was nothing more than an elaborate fraud. KXLY4’s Sally Showman reports.

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What specialist is best for treatment of pediatric ADHD?

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My 5-year-old child has been diagnosed with ADHD. He has been seeing a psychologist, and his pediatrician has been trying to manage the ADHD with medication. I would like to get a second opinion on the treatment plan from a specialist, but I don’t know what type of specialist I should be looking for. Psychiatrist? Pediatric Neurologist? Other? What type of specialist is best suited to treat ADHD?

Thanks!

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