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Helping your Child with Autism

An autistic child requires much love, care and attention. With good parental support an autistic child can overcome his disabilities and lead a normal life. Helping a child with autism brings about a new change in the child’s life and this is the first step in treatment of autism. Read on the ways by which one can help a child with autism.


If your child has been recently diagnosed with autism, you are probably very tensed and worried about your child and its future. Well, for all parents it is a shock to learn that their child has autism and are always worried about what will come next. A happy and healthy child is what every parent wants and the news of the child having autism is very sad for every parent.

You are simply confused about where to go, whom to consult and what treatment to give your child. You may have heard that autism is incurable, a lifelong problem which may have left you sad thinking that any treatment advice will do nothing to help your child.

Although autism is a lifelong problem, there are certain therapies and other treatments which can help your child overcome developmental issues and acquire new skills. But, treatment is not enough, as parents you need to give your child love and support to help it grow out of its condition. Parents and family can help the child very nicely to cope up with living a daily routine life.

Here is what parents can do to help their autistic child:


Know about Autism

Try to gain as much as knowledge you can about autism spectrum disorders as it will help you take perfect and informed decisions for your child. Learn about the treatments, therapies, ask questions and take an active part in treatment decisions.


Know about Your Child In and Out

Become an expert of your child. Try to know what affects your child. Try to figure out what triggers a bad or disruptive behaviour in your child and what creates positivity in it. Any small information will help you in knowing your child better. Moreover, figure out what makes it uncomfortable, anxious, stressed, happy, joyful and angry. Once you know your child perfectly you will be able to prevent all tough situations causing problems.


Understand your Child

Accept your child. It is important to accept your child with autism instead of focusing more on what it is missing in life and comparing it with other regular children. Being loved dearly will help your child overcome challenges greatly.

Consistency

It is very difficult for autistic children to adapt whatever they have learnt in one setting like therapy sessions, or school to home. Hence, it is important to create a consistency in the child’s environment to support learning. The child may make use of sign language to communicate in school but may not do so at home. Hence, it is crucial to maintain consistency in the way you interact with your child too. As parents you should take keen interest in knowing what therapists are doing and try to do the same at home.


Maintain a Schedule and Follow it Strictly

Setting up a schedule for an autistic child is very helpful and important. Autistic children work best under a strict and properly designed schedule. Make a schedule with proper food time, playing time, therapy and bedtime. Follow the schedule without any delay. If there are any changes prepare your child in advance.


Appreciate Good Behaviour

Positive response and appreciation can work wonders for your autistic child. try to catch whatever good they do. Appreciate and praise them when they acquire a new skill or when they act properly. Try to find ways to reward them for good behaviour like buying them a toy of their choice, giving a sticker etc.

These are some of the ways you can help your child with autism. Positive attitude, love and right care can help child to overcome autism with an ease. All children with autism have capability of excelling in life and with parent’s support and right intervention it is not impossible at all.

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