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OK I need help .......I have an autistic child who seems to be regressing........his mother has issues at the home..........also when I change the child clothes he crys harder and never stops for the last two days. He is potty trained but has been wetting his clothes for the last two days.......he will not stop crying .....Mother has no explanation......What do you all think
Thanks for joining MSNN and for posting a question so quickly! This sounds like a very challenging situation and without specific details about this child's age, cognitive level, social and family dynamics, and a history of the accomodations that have been tried already it is difficult to make any recommendations. As you know, children with ASD can be just like snowflakes...each one is unique in their strengths, weaknesses and their sensory preferences/avoidances. My first thought would be to rule out any physical illness/changes that may be causing discomfort that he is not able to communicate perhaps? (see my blog re When Whining Means More). If there are no pressing medical ( or familial) issues, then just as a general recommendation, sometimes a combination of vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (deep touch pressure/heavy work) input can be helpful. Gentle linear rocking on a swing for example, or carrying something heavy when transitioning at home or school, pulling a heavy wagon, climbing under a pile of bean bag chairs etc for the deep pressure input can sometimes be helpful. Sometimes when these small sensory breaks are added during the day, the child may be less prone to having meltdowns..which once they start are sometimes difficult to stop. For more ideas I would recommend the book Building Bridges Through Sensoy Integrationby Yack, Aquilla and Sutton. I hope this information is helpful. I do hope that some of our other members can offer other suggetions as well. Best wishes for success and do keep us posted on this child's progress.