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Autism is categorised (DSM IV & V) as a Mental Health disorder. Autism rarely comes alone & is often associated with the comorbidity diagnoses of Anxiety, Dyslexia, Depression & Sensory Processing Disorder to name a but a few.
How is a parent to know what is normal age appropriate defiant behavior or if their child is displaying signs of Oppositional Defiant Disorder? This infographic from Manhattan Psychology Group is meant to bring awareness to ODD and help parents understand what to look for in their child's behavior that can be signs of the disorder. Because early intervention is key to treatment, we hope to help parents who may be dealing with a defiant child.
Most children have this inate sense of danger that keeps them relatively safe. Our children with autism lack any sense of danger which inherently puts them in more danger than the average child. As with most skills , you have to approach it from a developmental standpoint . What you can not do is to neglect teaching this skill regardless of the age of the person with autism. I Read more