10 Ways To Help Your Autistic Child
10 Ways To Help Your Autistic Child
Hearing that your child has autism can be a bit overwhelming, but it is not the end of the world. Your child will never outgrow their autism, but there are plenty of things that you can do to help them overcome any challenges they might face and become successful in their life.
#1 – Understand what you can and can’t control
What you really need to understand is the difference between the things you can control and the things that you simply can’t control. A perfect example of this is you cannot control the fact that your child has autism; the genes they were born with are the genes they are going to have for the rest of their life. You had no control over what genes they would end up with, so you need to learn to let that aspect go. What you can control though is the environment that your child is going to grow up in. To help your child you will want to create a loving environment, but you will also want to create a supporting environment as well. Creating the perfect environment will really help your child grow and flourish.
#2 – Reach beyond the norms
One of the worst things that you can do to your child with autism is to allow autism to define who they are. You need to realize that inside your child, now how deep will vary, there is a child in there who wants to be loved for who they are. These children have special gifts and talents that are sometimes hidden beneath all of the problems that can go along with autism. You need to work together with your child to unbury these gifts and talents. Don’t expect your child to be “normal,” instead focus on your child’s strengths. You can’t fix your child’s autism; you can learn to work with it.
#3 – Help calm the brain
In order to understand this one you are going to need to think back to one of the last times you were out in a crowded place. Think about how you felt when you got home from said place, chances are you were utterly exhausted both physically and mentally. Many people find the chaos of crowded places to be a bit much and it quickly wears them out. Think about your child with autism, the chaos is something that their brain creates whenever it wants, talk about stressful. To help relieve this stress you need to figure out ways to help calm your child’s brain. The sooner you figure out how to calm the brain the more manageable everyday life can be.
#4 – Get on your child’s level
Chances are there are several times where you have wondered just what it is your child is doing. What they are doing might not make sense to you, but there is some kind of reason for what they are doing. You need to look into your child’s behavior to figure out what they are trying to tell you. Often times when your autistic child is exhibiting challenging or weird behavior it is because something is wrong and they lack the verbal skills to tell you what it is. You need to work with your child to help teach them how to communicate with you when something is wrong, whether it’s through signs or signals, you need to encourage them and help them get their message across.
#5 – Encourage your child
Once you have learned how to better communicate with your child, you need to help them discover new things. The more stuff you expose them to, the more they can grow. To help expand their horizons you can [provide them with physical activities that they probably wouldn’t choose on their own, to encourage the activity make sure you play with them. If they have any kind of special interests or hobbies do what you can to expand their experiences. Give your child the tools they need to grow and be creative and then just sit back and watch them blossom.
#6 – Teach them to be their own advocate
How you go about doing this will depend on your child’s autism, but it is important that you teach your child how to be their own advocate. To do this you will need to let them make as many of their own decisions as possible, but you will want to do it based on age appropriate levels. You also need to teach your child about their strengths, encourage and teach them to ask for help when they need it.
#7 – Be consistent
One of the hardest things about children with autism is they have a hard time figuring out how they are supposed act in one place to the next. For example, you act one way at home and one way in public, autistic children have a harder time figuring out how to switch gears. As a parent you need to keep things as consistent as possible, talk to your child’s therapists so you can continue using the same methods they are using. Being consistent makes it easier for your child to adapt to different surroundings, but it can also help you deal with the more challenging behaviors.
#8 – Schedules
This can actually be traced back to the consistency tip. Children with autism do better when they can follow a very structured schedule, deviating from the schedule can cause some major melt downs. Create a daily schedule that your child can easily follow and stick to it as much as possible. Obviously things are going to come up, to make it easier on your child and hopefully avoid those major meltdowns prepare them for the disruption as far ahead of time as possible.
#9 – Positive Reinforcement
Something that is often overlooked is rewarding children for their good behavior. Using positive reinforcement is a great way to help teach your child about appropriate behavior. Often times when a child is behaving, even children with autism, parents tend to overlook them; children most often get noticed for bad behavior. Do everything you can to make sure you catch them doing something good and then praise them for it. You can even give them other rewards, such as stickers or giving them extra screen time.
#10 – Be your child’s advocate
Only you can speak up for your autistic child. As a parent you need to track your child’s progress on a day to day basis. Make notes of what is working for you and your child, as well as what is not working. Speak up for your child when the need arises and do your best to help other parents wade through this unknown territory. To help others share your experiences with your own child, talk about the things that you have tried, especially the things that you have found to work quite well.
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