Because autism is such a varying spectrum, it really depends on the children themselves as to what may help. Is there anything in particular that she feels they’re struggling with?
I have a son with ASD, DCD and ADHD, it’s his combination of difficulties that make his life a little challenging, and it’s looking at his individual needs that helps to find solutions for him.
We have as natural organic diet as possible, it’s possible he may be food intolerent, we’ve tried a dairy free diet under a dietician, but because of some of his challenging behaviour we’ve not tried gluten free, at some point in the future it may be worth looking at, but until we can get him to understand that everything he finds can’t go in his mouth it would be pointless, because we’d never be able to completely remove gluten.
Visual timetables are effective, if we can get him to use them, at the moment he’s refusing.
Routine and structure help.
Two of my children have coloured lenses in their glasses. My daughter isn’t autistic, but the purple lenses have a made a huge difference in helping her to calm down and become more focused. My son has blue lenses, but I can’t tell you how effective they are as he’s left them in school, initially they seemed to make a difference, but I’m not sure that he’s actually been wearing them recently. Make sure you see a specialist that is exeperienced, we travelled to Ayr to see Ian Jordan, who’s exceptionally good. It’s something I’d recommend as worth trying for varying difficulties. http://www.jordanseyes.com/
There are various behaviour modifying programmes, but it’s really worth considering what you want to achieve, and whether it will work for you.
For me I just want him to be safe, happy and as independent as possible. Tackle one thing at a time, otherwise it just becomes too overwhelming for everyone. If she wants someone to chat to I’m happy to be there. becky