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Autism and teaching patience: Parents seek advice

Jessica Sachs @ Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:42

Strategies and perspective on teaching the important skill of "waiting," from experts in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network

Our 6-year-old has autism and gets really impatient to the point of tantrums. No matter how many times we explain "waiting," he doesn’t seem to understand that he can’t always get what he wants right now. How do we help him understand?

Response by psychologists Kenneth Shamlian and Brenna Cavanaugh, of the University of Rochester Medical Center – one of 13 sites in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN). Dr. Shamlian directs the medical center’s behavioral treatment program, where he…

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