Living With An Autistic Child - Tips For Parents!
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MBBS, MD-Medicine, DM - Neurology, MBA, PGD Hospital Administration, PGD Echocardiography, Fellow Neuro-Sonology, PGD Sonology
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Along with the child, parents of an autistic child also need help coping with the disease. There are a number of simple things that can make a difference in the child and parent’s life. Here are a few tips.
- Give positive reinforcement: Like other children, autistic children also respond well to positive reinforcement. Praising an autistic child makes the children and parents feel better. In addition to words, giving a child extra playtime or a small prize can also be good ways to reward an autistic child.
- Stay Consistent: An autistic child needs consistency. Therefore, when it comes to activities regarding your child, it is important to maintain a schedule. Also, be consistent with advice or instructions. This can make learning easier and help them apply their knowledge.
- Play More: When teaching an autistic child, try making lessons into a playful activity. This may seem like pure fun but it can help a child learn more easily. These activities can also help an autistic child connect with their parent.
- Let your child accompany you on chores: An autistic child’s unpredictable behavior can make parents want to leave their child at home while performing chores. However, letting them accompany you can help them get used to the world outside your home.
- Get help: Parents need as much help as autistic children. This support can come from their families, friends, online support groups etc. This gives parents a good way to get information on autism as well as share advice.
- Use nonverbal cues: Connecting with an autistic child can be quite a challenge. For autistic children, verbal communication is as important as nonverbal communication. Pay attention to the tone of voice being used, body language, maintaining line of sight etc.
- Pay attention to the child’s sensory sensitivity: Autistic children may be hypersensitive to sound, light, smell etc. Understanding how sensitive the child is to sensory stimuli can help parents manage their child’s disruptive behavior and help promote positive responses.
- Take a Break: Parents need a break too. To be able to look after your child better, take a break from time to time. Ask someone else to look after your child while you go out and pay attention to your own needs.
- Read: Lastly, educate yourself and keep up to date with the latest in treating autism. The best way to do this is by reading papers and internet articles on autism.
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