Decrease repetitive behaviors
Decreased signs of anxiety
Increased depressed mood
Increased ability to concentrate on tasks
Being raised in a single-parent home
Family history of mental illness
Lack of peer friendship
Encourage Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez to leave while Martin is being interviewed.
Interview Martin with his parents together, observing their interaction.
Provide diversion for Martin, and interview Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez alone.
Review the clinical record prior to interviewing Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez.
Arguing with adults
Gross impairment in communication
Physical aggression toward others
Refusal to separate from caretaker
Assist the child to return to school immediately with family support.
Arrange for a home-school teacher to visit for 2 weeks
Encourage family discussion of various problem areas.
Use play therapy to help the child express her feelings.
Anticipate and neutralize potentially explosive situations.
Ignore minor infractions of rules against fighting.
Isolate the adolescent from contact with peers.
Talk to the adolescent each time fighting occurs.
“Autism is a rare disorder. Your other children shouldn’t be affected.”
“The specific cause of autism is unknown. However, it is known to be associated with problems in the structure of and chemicals in the brain.”
“Sometimes a lack of prenatal care can be cause of autism.”
“Although autism is genetically inherited, if you didn’t have testing you could not have known this would happen.”
Negativism and acting out.
Sadness and crying.
Actively listen to the parents’ concern before planning interventions.
Encourage the parents to discuss these issues with the mental health team.
Provide literature regarding the disorder and its management.
Tell the parents they are overacting to the problem.
Knowledge of growth and development
Quality of communication