There are many things that you need to remember when it comes to dealing with autism in children. First of all, you have to keep in mind that the condition of your kid is something that you must take seriously. As much as possible, keep your cool once you find out that your child has autism spectrum disorder. Do not act recklessly by not thinking twice before you do something. We understand that trying to remain calm can be difficult on your part.
According to Shuli Saunders, PsyD, “Children can be diagnosed as young as two or three or well into adolescence, so the discussion about when and how to talk to a child about the diagnosis will be impacted by the age of the child and his level of emotional maturity.”
As such, we have decided to come up with an article that will guide you on the proper things to do. Here are the tips and tricks to keep in mind:
Talk To A Therapist
“Traditionally, intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has focused upon reducing interfering behavior and teaching language, academic and self-help skills. More recently there has been a greater emphasis upon social skills awareness and skills to independently navigate the social world.” – Marlene Driscoll, LMFT.
The first thing that you must do is to find a way to talk to a therapist or a professional who specializes in handling autism cases. Keep in mind that it is best if the person you will choose is knowledgeable about ASD cases in children. In so doing, you can get a high guarantee that your child will get the best care and assistance possible.
Ask Other Parents
Do you know someone who has a kid that has autism? If yes, then make sure to talk to that parent. Find a way to establish a connection and be polite when asking questions about autism. Remember that some parents are not open about their child’s condition. As such, you have to see to it that the person you are talking to is comfortable to discuss autism. Otherwise, you will have an issue in dealing with her.
Maria Davis-Pierre, LMHC, founder of Autism in Black, has this to say, “Being a parent is a hard job, being a black parent is even harder, and being a black parent to a child on the spectrum is tough. Having to navigate the process of getting a diagnosis, getting services, finding therapies, knowing what an IEP is and how to get the right goals in place, and receiving adequate support can be frustrating, confusing, and overwhelming.”
Understand Your Child
Since your child has autism, there is a high chance that he will show behavior that you may not like. The best way to handle this challenging situation is to remind yourself about your child’s autism. Do not expect him to understand your instructions right away or to stay focused on one job. Take note that one of the symptoms of autism is low cognitive skills. Avoid giving your child a hard time in his day-to-day life.
Another thing that you must always keep in mind is the importance of communicating with your child. Make sure that you talk to him about his condition so that he will understand how to express his feelings. Let him know that you are always by his side. In so doing, you will be the first one that he can remember whenever there is something wrong in school or his life. As such, you will be informed right away when an unfortunate event takes place or when he is feeling sad. Be the best and most fantastic parent that you can be.
At this point, you have to remember that being a parent is one of the best things that can happen in your life. Do not let your child’s autism spectrum disorder prevent you from enjoying the best experience of parenting. Do whatever it takes to make your family life happy and satisfied. You deserve the best things in this world.