If you’ve recently found out that your child is, or may be, on the autism spectrum, you’re probably worried about what comes next. Parents are never prepared to hear that their child is anything other than healthy and happy, and an ASD diagnosis can be especially distressing. Upon discovering that your child might have autism, you’ll be confused because of the differences in treatment advice and uncertainty about how to best help your child. You may have also been told that autism is a lifelong, incurable condition and you’re concerned that you can’t do anything about it.
Your child won’t just “grow” out of autism, but there are ways to help them overcome their unique developmental challenges and teach them essential life skills. From school-based programs and in-home behavioral therapy to free government services, assistance is available to meet the special needs of your child. With your love, support and the right treatment plan, there’s nothing to stop your child from learning and thriving. Here’s what you can do to help your autistic child thrive.
Introduce Consistency to Your Child’s Environment
Consistency in the environment is essential to every child’s healthy development. Children on the autism spectrum find it difficult to apply what they’ve learned in one setting (such as the school or the therapist’s office) to others (such as the home). For instance, your child may use sign language to communicate at school but never thinks of doing it at home. Find out what techniques your child’s therapist and teachers are using and bring these into the home. You should also consider the possibility of shifting venues for therapy sessions. This is a good way to teach your child to transfer what they’ve learned in one environment to another.
Find Nonverbal Ways of Communication
It’s difficult to connect with an autistic child. However, verbal communication isn’t the only way to connect and bond with them. Your body language, tone of your, and even the way you look at them – all of these are possible ways of communicating with your child. Similarly, your child is also always communicating with you, even if they don’t utter a single word. Learning their language is all you need to do.
Find Support and Help
A parent’s job is never easy, and caring for a child with autism can be especially challenging. There will be instances when you’ll feel stressed, discouraged, or overwhelmed. In the face of these challenges, you must be emotionally strong and take care of yourself to be the best parent you can be. To maintain emotional stability you’ll need to understand that you can’t do everything on our own and you don’t have to either. As such, you’ll find that there are many places where you can turn to for support, advice and advocacy.
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