For many parents, raising a child with autism is a fact, and it comes with a slew of challenges. There are, however, a range of realistic methods that can aid in the journey of raising an autistic child, though it should be noted that no two autistic children are alike, and the benefits may differ or not be felt at all in some instances.
It’s all about collaborating with your child’s world and others that communicate with them to make meaningful improvements. Here are some helpful hints:
Tips For Raising A Child With Autism
1. Avoid making comparison.
Making associations between your child and, say, his or her siblings who are not on the spectrum, or with peers who are not on the spectrum, is not only pointless, but also disturbing for everyone involved.
Comparing your child to other autistic children is pointless because no two autistic children have the same behaviors or respond to problems in the same way. Every child is different, and while it may be difficult at times, try to think of your child’s growth as a one-of-a-kind journey in which you can play an important role.
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2. Assist him in recognizing when he or she needs a break.
Enable your child to escape to a safe place where he or she will not be sought out or judged when he or she is on the verge of being upset. It is important for an autistic child to have this safety net at all times.
3. Pay attention to him/her with a relaxed and open mind.
An autistic child, maybe even more than any other child, will not do anything if he or she does not want to. Trying to reason with him or her would be pointless, so keep an open mind and try to understand his or her reasons for refusing. Others may consider this excessive indulgence, but these are unique circumstances. Listen and learn as much as you can from his or her point of view before attempting to interfere.
4. Assist the child in learning how to use new skills in a variety of circumstances.
Since autistic children’s abilities are situational, it can be challenging for them to apply them in various situations. As a result, take your time teaching the same skills in different situations, and your child will eventually learn to adapt.
5. Keep an open mind
So much of what we see and do, as well as our outlook on it, is socially taught. As a result, something we might consider ludicrous may be anything but to those with a different viewpoint. You will learn to expand your own horizons and consider new approaches to seemingly ordinary problems by keeping an open mind and recognizing that many of our social patterns are just that.
6. Maintain a sense of humour in all circumstances
Keep a sense of humor as much as possible. As previously said, social practices and what we deem appropriate or not are actually conditions that we have imposed on ourselves as a society, not natural laws. Since an autistic person does not always understand why social standards must be followed (and do they actually, all of the time?) there will be several times when humor is the best response.
7. Never undervalue how much he or she really comprehends.
Most, if not all, of what is going on around them is understood by autistic children. The difference is in how they respond to these circumstances and how well they interact.
8. Consider ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) counseling.
ABA therapy is one of the most well-known behavioral treatments for children on the autism spectrum. Check to see if this is possible, but keep in mind that it might not be for everybody. Prepare to look at other options as well.
9. Collaborate with the school and speak up for your child’s needs.
As with any kid, school will play an important role in your child’s growth. However, there are additional challenges here, and extra care and attention will be needed. As much as possible, make sure you and your child’s school are on the same page, and if you think anything isn’t right, be an advocate for your child and don’t hesitate until someone listens to you.
10. Take a break and seek help if you need it.
Raising a child with autism can be both a rewarding and stressful experience. Recognize that you can’t do it alone and that you can’t work on it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get help whenever you can, and take a break now and then to ensure that when you return, you can give your child your all.