When your child has been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum, it can be a bit overwhelming to say the least. There are various things you need to take into consideration, not just therapy and medical care, but everyday things. They are often the things that make the most difference. In the following post we will outline some brief tips for how you can do things right.
Focus on Positives
Like everyone else, children on the autistic spectrum normally respond in good way to positive reinforcement. Meaning, if you praise them for doing things correctly or well, can help them to feel good. You need to be specific so your children know the exact behaviors they are doing that you like and appreciate. Look for ways to give them rewards, either with small prizes or additional playtime.
Keep Things on Schedule and Consistent
Anyone who is on the spectrum prefers routines. So, make sure they are given consistent and regular interaction and guidance, to give them a chance to practice what they are taught at therapy.
Doing this will help make it easier for them to learn new behaviors and skills, and help make it easier for them to apply their newfound knowledge in various scenarios. Talk to the therapists and teachers and align onto a set of consistent interaction methods and techniques so you can take what they are learning back home.
Also Keep Playtime on a Schedule
Your children may find it easier to open up to you and connect with you if you find them activities to do that are more fun and not as educational or part of therapy. As with the above, the more consistent you are, the better.
It will probably take various approaches, treatments and techniques while figuring out what works best for you and your child. Don’t try to run before you can walk, as the phrase goes. Show love to your children and take your time.
Get Professional Support
Whether it is face to face or online, support from friends, family and even professionals can be a great help. Consider seeking support and help from Autism doctors. Support groups can also be a great source of help. They are a place you can share information and advice and meet other parents who are facing the same or very similar challenges as your own Family, marital and individual therapy and counseling can also be helpful. Think about the things that could make your life even just a little easier and don’t be afraid, ashamed or embarrassed to ask for some help.
Also Consider Respite Care
Respite care, if you are unfamiliar with the terms is when someone else takes care of your child or children for a short time to give you a break. Although you might not like the idea at first, you will definitely need a break, particularly if your child has severe and intense needs related to his or her autism. It gives you an opportunity to do some things you enjoy and work on your own health, so that you are refreshed afterwards and ready to take on the challenges at home again.