Autistic Spectrum Disorders

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Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Most parents of autistic children suspect that something is wrong by the time their child is 18 months old – and seek help by the time the child is age 2. Children with autism typically have symptoms in their communication and social difficulties. Some children with autism appear to develop normally before age 1 or 2 and then suddenly “regress” and lose language or social skills they had previously gained.

Jake is on the Autistic Spectrum

Jake hears too much and puts his hands over his ears, he does not like being cuddled or touched. Jake speaks very little and when he does he repeats words or phrases inappropriately. He loves music especially nursery rhymes. He generally wants to play alone finding it very difficult to share and pla...

Jake hears too much and puts his hands over his ears, he does not like being cuddled or touched. Jake speaks very little and when he does he repeats words or phrases inappropriately. He loves music especially nursery rhymes. He generally wants to play alone finding it very difficult to share and play with others. He gets bored easily and does not spend long at any one activity. Jake often spins himself and flaps his hands or touches his fingers.

The vestibular system which is in the inner ear is involved with the sense of balance, coordination, muscle tone, touch and the other senses. The middle ear contains two tiny muscles called the hammer muscle and the stirrup muscle, both of these muscles are involved in filtering sounds. If these muscles are not working well, a person will hear too much and will not be able to listen to what is important. Listening Programmes at Cluas work on both the middle ear and the inner ear.

At Cluas Jake has had his own individually designed Listening program.  We use classical music over the course of the program and he has become less sensitive to sound. He now speaks in longer sentences and more appropriately. He has begun to play with the other children and be less demanding.

He now spins and flaps a lot less thanks to the work of his Cluas program using classical music to work on Jake’s vestibular system in the inner ear, which controls his balance co-ordination and muscle tone.

His mother says that he is much happier in himself and is communicating more often and more easily with his family.

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TESTIMONIAL

Susan told us about her son, aged 5 …May '13

Niall was diagnosed as being on the Autistic spectrum and having a learning disability as well as speech and language delay. Since doing the Cluas program his speech and communication has improved drastically. His understanding has also improved and his Speech and Language therapist is amazed at the...

Niall was diagnosed as being on the Autistic spectrum and having a learning disability as well as speech and language delay. Since doing the Cluas program his speech and communication has improved drastically. His understanding has also improved and his Speech and Language therapist is amazed at the rate of improvement.

His school say ‘he is a different child’ in terms of how well his speech and understanding have come on. His learning disability is now quite mild so that it has become easier for the teachers to teach Niall new things, which he is now able to grasp very quickly. His body language has changed and improved so much that a stranger would not be able to tell that he has difficulties. Things have also become less stressful at home as he is able to play more appropriately alone and with his brother.

 

RTE Radio 1 Interview with Eddie, Tristan’s father about the progress that Tristan made during his Cluas program – with Derek Mooney on Mooney Goes Wild

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