Cases of autism are increasing in an alarming rate all over the world. In the United States alone, one in sixty-eight children suffers from the mental condition. What’s unfortunate about the condition is that there is no cure or drug for it. However, if you are a parent of an autistic child, there are certain things that you can do to help your child deal with the condition. It’s all about tackling the problem with a mindset that is focused on managing and guiding the child instead of trying to cure him/her. Below are some tips to follow:
- Find non-verbal ways on how to connect with your child. Verbal communication is often not that effective between the parents and their autistic children. So you must find other ways of communication like body language, eye contact, or simply changing the tones of your voice.
- Always make time for fun. Majority of psychologists recommend that you schedule play time when your child is most alert and awake. Keep track of the activities that your child enjoys the most so that you can identify related activities that he might like.
- Reward good behavior. Studies show that rewarding autistic children for their good deeds is effective in helping them learn faster. It helps in showing them the differences between acceptable and bad behavior. That said, always praise them whenever they act appropriately or learn a new skill.
- Pay attention to the child’s sensitivities. Many autistic kids often react harshly to certain sounds, tastes, odors, touch, and even light. These are called triggers and they usually lead to tantrums. In identifying these triggers, you can come up with a plan on how to make sure that your child won’t be exposed to them.
- Seek advice from support groups. There are a lot of groups out there that offer help for parents with autistic kids. Most of the people in these groups have the same problems as you are. In joining the conversations, you will learn a lot about new ways on how to help your child cope with this condition.
Helping your autistic child is a huge challenge and it can become very frustrating at times. But you have to keep in mind that your child will be dealing with the condition for years until the time he/she will be able to handle it on his/her own. With that said, patience and perseverance are the keys here. Find the mechanisms that work best in your particular case and stick to them. If something isn’t working out, either you’re doing it wrong or it is simply not the right approach to your child.