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blueskye
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I have a 2yo who is newly diagnosed ASD. He is extremely [...]

Posted by @blueskye, Feb 18, 2016

I have a 2yo who is newly diagnosed ASD. He is extremely fearful of guests that come into our home. He avoids whatever room they are in and is very difficult to calm during this time. Once the guests leave, it sometimes takes him a 30-40 minutes to relax again. I am just wondering if this is social anxiety or something that can be attributed to ASD. Has anyone else had a similar experience or does anyone have any advice about how I can make him more comfortable when visitors come over? Thanks.

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MichellesJoy
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Posted by @michellesjoy, Feb 19, 2016

Hello @blueskye – What a great question. I don’t have a lot of experience with ASD so maybe there is someone better out there to answer your question. I would think that making the guests that come in the house aware of the situation might help in either case. Perhaps if they don’t try and engage with your child right away, he might feel more at ease around them. Consulting a specialist who deals with ASD (if you haven’t already) would probably be an important next step. Best of luck!


CourtneySchmidt
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Posted by @CourtneySchmidt, Feb 22, 2016

@blueskye I reached out to one of our team members at the Developmental Center for Infants and Children, which is a part of the Howard Phillips Center. Here is what she said:

This is very common behavior for a child in the spectrum. I would recommend her looking into a behavior therapist that can help her implement techniques to slowly introduce the child to this experience and gradually create tolerance to this experience. I wonder if the child is in our program (Early Steps). If not I would definitely recommend that she give us a call at 407-317-7430 x2121. We can provide her with resources and support to help her. Also we could connect her to one of our Family Resource Specialists that also has a child with autism


CourtneySchmidt
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Posted by @CourtneySchmidt, Feb 22, 2016

@blueskye You also might want to learn more about the Early Steps program by visiting our website. You can also sign up for their newsletter here: http://www.arnoldpalmerhospital.com/facilities/the-howard-phillips-center-for-children-and-families/about-us/the-developmental-center-for-infants-and-children

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