Tag: Autism

Spitting Out Toothpaste

By Pam Marshalla

Q: How can we teach our five-year-old child on the autism spectrum to spit out his toothpaste after brushing? Perhaps you could start with a solid object, like a rubber ball. SAFETY TIP: Use a ball large enough to fit in his mouth but not too small that he might swallow it. Also make sure it doesn’t taste bad. Some rubber objects taste really bad. Have him learn to put the ball in his mouth and then “spit” it out…

Guidance for Autism and Apraxia

By Pam Marshalla

Q: We have a 7-year-old son who has a diagnosis of moderate autism. About a year ago it was suggested that he has apraxia as well. He is completely nonverbal. We have read Becoming Verbal with Childhood Apraxia. Using some of your suggestions, he now imitates about four sounds. It is so frustrating because as soon as we get him to imitate a sound, he loses mastery of an old one – one step forward, one step back. He attends…