Mike C.

Hi all,

I have a 13yo son who was diagnosed with ASD aged 4. Until recently he attended main stream school but this all changed 3 Months ago when he developed OCD - He has a fear of contamination form other children. Autism outreach have been very supportive but Cahms are nowhere to be seen and at out last appointment (last week) it became apparent that we would have to sort this one out on our own, tough love being the cure!!

My needs are to be in contact with an individual or group who has or is having a similar experience. I need advice on how to help him overcome/face up to his anxiety attacks and get him onto a recovery path.

Fingers crossed then......

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Jun 18, 2019

by: Kay

Hi Mike, I am so sorry to hear that OCD has caused such difficulties for your son. I know how hard OCD is to deal with. We have had our share of very severe issues. Sometimes dealing with OCD on your own can be tough and even tricky. I've tried to give my son advice to help with OCD only to have him tell me I'm making the problem worse! That's what I mean by tricky. Your issue may be different and you may be able to handle it on your own. But it you can afford it, professional help is a really good idea. But if not, there are books on the subject that can help. One of them is called The OCD Workbook by Bruce Hyman, Ph.D. I haven't read it yet, so I can't give it my FULL recommendation, but it has received a lot of good reviews from people with OCD. Another thought: we have had OCD issues spring up as a result of allergies to paint, mold, etc. Sometimes it helps to do a little detective thinking because sometimes OCD can be rooted in physical causes. Of course every child is different, but that has been our experience. If you would like to send me a message on my contact page that will go to my email, and we can communicate further if you would like. I'm not a trained OCD therapist, but as my about page says, I am a special ed teacher. All the best, Kay Donato

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