Autism Parenting

As parents, you probably need to spend a lot of time thinking about your child’s future, even more, if he or she has an autism spectrum disorder or ASD diagnosis. Apart from medical care and treatment of autism and therapies you may line to help your son /daughter that there are simple and everyday things that make a difference.

Focus on the positive side: Just like other children, children with autism spectrum disorder often respond well to positive reinforcement. That means when you praise them for their behaviours that they are doing well, it will make them feel good. Be so much specific that they should know what exactly you liked about their behaviour. Find ways to reward them, either by the extra playtime or a small prize like stickers, toy gifts etc.

Stay consistent and proper on the schedule: People on the spectrum like routines. Make sure they get consistent guidance and interaction so that they can practice what they learn from therapy. This can help in learning new skills and behaviours much easier and help them to apply their knowledge in different situations. Talk with their school teacher or any other teacher and their therapists to align on a consistent set of techniques and methods of interaction so it can help them learn at home with ease.
Give them some time: You will likely try a lot of different techniques, treatments and approaches as and when you figure out what is best for your child. Stay and think positive, try not to get discouraged if they don’t respond to a particular method.

Take your child along with you for the everyday activities:
If your child’s behaviour is unpredictable or not proper, you may feel like it is easier not to expose them to certain situations that take place. But when you take them on everyday activities like grocery shopping or a post office run, it may help them get them used to the world around.

Get support on a social platform:
Whether online or face-to-face, support from the families, professionals and friends can be a big help. Support groups can also be a good way to share advice and information and to meet other parents dealing with similar challenges. Individual, marital, or family counselling sessions can be helpful, too. Think about what might make your life a little more easier and ask for help.

Look into the respite care: This is when the other caregiver looks after the child for a period of time to give you a short break. You will need it, especially when your child has intense needs due to ASD. This can give you a chance to do the things that restore or retain your child’s own health and that you enjoy so that you come back home ready to help.

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