Sunday, January 30, 2011

Autism 101 - Some Tips To Make Life Easier For You And Your Autistic Child

Raising an autistic child can be difficult. Some days can take all your energy to keep up with them. Other days are so much easier. There are many different things you can do to make every day easier.

Here are a few ideas:

Consistency. Every child needs consistency to grow and learn, but even more so with an autistic child. Keep a daily routine and do your best to stick to it.

Also stay consistent with your verbal instructions. Though your child may not hear or react like they had been previously told the same thing, saying it in the same way each and every day can help trigger some recognition of what they need to do.

Positivity is key. For every reprimand or negative comment there should be 6-7 positive ones. Even commenting on the good job they did eating their dinner, or how well they got dressed can go a long way. Lots of positive reinforcement will encourage them to continue to do what is asked and needed of them.

Reduce the chaos in their environment. If you want them to eat dinner, make sure the only things in and around them have to do with eating and are food oriented. Taking away distractions and things that could deter them from doing what needs to be done can make things easier for the both of you.

Be proactive in correcting negative behaviours. We all learn our children's cues. Read your child's and change the behaviour before it reaches the point of reprimanding.

Frustration leads to meltdowns, quickly. If you see your child becoming frustrated do what you can to assist them and move them past the frustrating item. By being consistent and paying attention to your child's cues you can minimize meltdowns.

This last one is an important one for any parent, not just a parent of a special needs child, take time for yourself. Nothing wears us out quicker then not taking time to care for ourselves. If you don't tend to your own needs and desires, you will lack the patience you need to help your autistic child. Don't be afraid to take a little me time from time to time.

Raising an autistic child can be both demanding and rewarding. Hopefully these tips will help make each day go a little smoother for you and your child. Remember each morning starts a new day, and each day starts a new chance to make life a little easier for the both of you.

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