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student losing skills

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by drasticAli, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. Hello, I have had a student in my class for 3 years who has severe autism and pmld .He is 16 now and over the last 3 years hes learnt to sit in a group, attend for long enough to complete his individual tasks and begin to progress in early number skills . He has no language and understands no words but his social skills were progressing enough for him to enjoy contact with an adult and initiate fun turntaking games . He had begun also, to use a communication board with objects of reference to ask for snack items .
    He has always had an obsession with flapping a book but it didn't really interfere with his education hugely .Tragically in the last few weeks his flapping has grown to a degree where I believe he uses it to shut others out . He searches constantly for more paper to flap ,opens cupboards takes it off notice boards etc and no matter how much he has its never enough . I have limited it to one box of paper but he searches for more . Another obsession he has developed very recently is picking bits of fluff off all surfaces and putting it in his mouth . He would do both these all day and he is increasingly shutting the world out . His attention has dropped to seconds , he has no desire for any contact and pushes us away . He has lost the skills he did have and when his box is removed so he can join in a lesson or do 1.1 learning he either shuts down or zones out , You know hes not !there"
    He is on rispiredone [? wrong spelling} which I've heard is a nasty medication which makes them feel ill so it could be affecting him . Puberty may also play a part but hes not the fun giggly lad we used to know . I refuse to give up trying to bring some happiness back into his life . Has anyone had any similar experiences and can offer advice ? I am desperate
     
  2. Hello, I have had a student in my class for 3 years who has severe autism and pmld .He is 16 now and over the last 3 years hes learnt to sit in a group, attend for long enough to complete his individual tasks and begin to progress in early number skills . He has no language and understands no words but his social skills were progressing enough for him to enjoy contact with an adult and initiate fun turntaking games . He had begun also, to use a communication board with objects of reference to ask for snack items .
    He has always had an obsession with flapping a book but it didn't really interfere with his education hugely .Tragically in the last few weeks his flapping has grown to a degree where I believe he uses it to shut others out . He searches constantly for more paper to flap ,opens cupboards takes it off notice boards etc and no matter how much he has its never enough . I have limited it to one box of paper but he searches for more . Another obsession he has developed very recently is picking bits of fluff off all surfaces and putting it in his mouth . He would do both these all day and he is increasingly shutting the world out . His attention has dropped to seconds , he has no desire for any contact and pushes us away . He has lost the skills he did have and when his box is removed so he can join in a lesson or do 1.1 learning he either shuts down or zones out , You know hes not !there"
    He is on rispiredone [? wrong spelling} which I've heard is a nasty medication which makes them feel ill so it could be affecting him . Puberty may also play a part but hes not the fun giggly lad we used to know . I refuse to give up trying to bring some happiness back into his life . Has anyone had any similar experiences and can offer advice ? I am desperate
     
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