Sunday, January 30, 2011

Autism 101 - Society And Your Autistic Child

People are ignorant of things they don't know about or don't understand. Any parent of an autistic child has met with the looks of society, just because our children act differently, or behave in a manner they don't understand. Raising your sweet little one in a society that doesn't understand them can be both upsetting and frustrating, but you can't let it get to you.

Here are some tips to survive raising an autistic child in an ignorant society:

Understand that no matter what you do, there will be those moments when people stare or comment. No matter what you do or try to do, you are going to get this. It's just a part of living with an autistic child.

Know that it doesn't matter what they think. Your child is your child, and no matter how different they are, they are still your wonderful little one. Don't let society impact your relationship with your child. There is no shortage of ignorant people.

Don't feel you have to confine yourself and your child to your own home because of their behaviour. You shouldn't feel like you have to hide your child from others.

Take the chance to educate those around you. If they ask about your child, explain that they are autistic, explain that they interact and behave different. Use the time to educate those who are staring or looking at you.

Know your child. By knowing your autistic child's triggers, you can minimize them and make abnormal behaviour and meltdowns occur less frequently in public.

Give them a source to avoid their triggers. If the noise bothers them, allow them to wear their noise canceling headphones. If lights bother them, let them wear sunglasses indoors. Do what you can to make life easier for your little one, and minimize their difficulties.

Use the things they enjoy to help. If they love music, let them wear a set of headphones playing their favorite music into the store or where ever you are going. If a video game keeps their mind of the chaos f the grocery store, so be it.

Taking your child into public will always carry with it some degree of ignorance. Learn to ignore or educate those around you, and focus on your and your child and you will overcome whatever the world has to throw at the two of you. Don't let society suck the life out of you.

Raising an autistic child can be both demanding and rewarding. For more tips to help you, click here!

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