Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) can overcome difficulties in many ways. No parent is ready to hear that their child has autism. For parents, an ASD diagnosis can be frightening and confusing at first. They may face conflicting treatment advice from friends and family members. When a child is first diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), parents often wonder what happens next. And that’s normal.
When you’re the parent of a child with autism, these tips can help.
LEARN MORE ABOUT AUTISM
Parents should be prepared to deal with the fact that autism is a condition that can be well managed. So, don’t hesitate to gather useful information about ASDs by surfing the Internet or reading relevant books. Talking to other parents who have been in the same situation as you, but for a longer period of time, is also helpful. It is important to find out about available treatments. And, of course, it’s essential to get expert advice.
BECOMING AN EXPERT
As a parent, it is essential to know more about what triggers difficult or disruptive behaviors in your child. You’ll also need to know more about how to provoke positive responses. Find out what they find stressful, scary and uncomfortable. Try to understand their needs and suggest solutions that are soothing and enjoyable. Find creative ways to solve their problems.
Try to easily identify non-verbal signs or actions that your child with autism uses to communicate their needs to you. Pay attention to all the different sounds they may make. Their gestures or facial expressions can also tell you when they are hungry or want something in particular.
FOLLOW A FIXED ROUTINE OR SCHEDULE
Most children with Autism Spectrum Disorders have a highly structured schedule. They tend to do things better or behave better in familiar surroundings. Parents need to set a schedule with fixed times for meals, therapy classes and sleep.
SET UP A PERSONAL RELAXATION AREA
Create a private space at home where your child can relax. A private place allows them to feel safe and secure. Feel free to use visual cues (colorful stickers, pictures) to set a boundary. Make this area “safe” by ensuring that there are no sharp objects, glass or porcelain. This is especially important if your child is prone to outbursts of anger or violent behavior towards others or themselves.
USE AN EDUCATIONAL APPLICATION
The use of educational applications and games for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders can be useful for social development and the development of their learning skills. Mobile technology has influenced almost all areas, including autism awareness and treatment. Some of the best applications you’ll find on the market include Coco. This is an application that offers nearly twenty educational games to work on attention, memory.