Fixing the family problems Family problems in cases where one or more siblings is diagnosed with autism is a common occurrence. It seems like in Jim’s situation, it would be important to do some humanistic family therapy. The problems with his hostile sister are most likely arising because the parents are giving all their attention to Jim. His sister might feel left out or neglected and is directing that anger at Jim. To fix this, the therapist will have to help Jim’s sister understand that her parents aren’t neglecting her and at the same time he will have to talk to the parents about spending some more quality time with their daughter. Part III School Situation The social situation at school can be a very challenging task because it is hard enough to control your own child, and nearly impossible to control someone else’s. The most effective way to solve the problems at school would be to talk to their teacher and do a project on the effects of autism on daily life. Part of the problem with the children is that they have no understanding of the difficulties that people diagnosed with autism face. By doing a project on autism and presenting it to the class, it will give them a broader understanding of autism and help the social situation at school
Autism Case Study 13 Grades situation To help Jim in the classroom with his grades a study by Gueller (2013) states that “For students on the autism spectrum, the best evidence ‐ based intervention is to develop a flexible team willing to learn new skills to address the unique needs of each student on the spectrum and to create a plan based on an accurate assessment of these needs incorporating expert, specialized knowledge to tease out the unique issues of each student presents” (Gueller 2013). Basically, to best help Jim in the classroom, he needs to have very individualized attention. Since Jim’s autism makes him struggle developmentally and every person is different, a “one size fits all” approach simply will not work. That is why it is so important for Jim to get the individualized attention. Psychotherapeutic treatment Similar to the treatment used with his family problems, the most effective way to help Jim and his family therapeutically would be for them to engage in family therapy. A study done by Helps (2016) states that “Family and systemic psychotherapy is increasingly found to be effective at helping relieve both individual and relationship distress” (Helps, 2016). The article states that the main purpose of this family therapy is to help people relate better to one another. Even though they have all been dealing with the effects of autism for a long time, they might have different views so it is important to promote understanding between all parties so they can better help Jim and each other.
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