Taking care of your child who has autism may be harder than you thought. However, it has its perks. They are lovely children with unique minds and sensibilities.
How can we make things better for them and for us? What can we do? Here are 3 tips.
1. Do Your Research
Before you can move on to deciding on the right autism treatment plan, you have to educate yourself first. There’s so much more to know about ASD.
For one, you need to be familiar with its most common triggers. What are the things that can bring out aggressive or even disruptive behaviors?
Another area that you should focus on is communication. Remember that you are dealing with a disorder that makes it a lot harder for your child to communicate.
Make sure that you’re familiar with the non-verbal ways that they use to interact. This means that you really have to pay attention to what they’re trying to say.
Nonverbal autism is a type of ASD that prevents the patient from successfully developing speech aside from a few words.
Equipping yourself with knowledge on these things will tell you the right questions to ask.
2. Get and Accept Help
Autism is still subjected to the stigma that discourages parents and relatives from getting help.
While it is totally understandable why you are apprehensive in letting the world know about your struggles, hiding and keeping it only to ourselves isn’t the best course of action, not for you, your child, nor every individual facing the same challenges.
Aside from being able to lighten up the burden, asking for help also normalizes this disorder. Take note that 1 in every 16 children is affected by ASD. The more people are aware of it, the easier it is for us to battle stigma.
Accepting help from various organizations and groups will benefit you in a lot of ways.
3. Routine is Your Friend
Creating an environment where a child with ASD can thrive is very important, and for you to do this, you have to keep one word in mind: repetition.
ASD management greatly depends on routine because children with this disorder respond to repetition. You will find that they don’t dwell too much on abrupt changes although, with the right techniques, you can incorporate new things into their routine.
To reinforce learning, you should get more involved with the treatment. For instance, things learned at school or their therapy session can be further practiced at home.
Communicate with their teachers and therapists. Update yourself with their progress, ask about what you can do to make the treatments more effective.
Dealing with this disorder will undoubtedly have its challenges. There will be days when everything is happy and well but there will be days when things are harder than they usually are. But remember, you are not in this alone. There are people who can relate with you and can help you face this bravely.