Autism is a disorder which impairs brain development of children. Due the developmental problems of these children, their care is a challenge to caregivers and parents. However, possessing basic knowledge on how to care for these children will be helpful to caregivers. Below are 5 tips to help you to be effective in the caring for children with autism.
Children with autism frequently develop fits. Most parents intervene through trial and error. This approach unfortunately worsens the situation as you risk hurting your child. Instead of applying such methods you need to be patient and allow the child go through with the fits. However, if the situation escalates and you fear the child might hurt himself or herself, calmly intervene. Tenderly hug and hold the child as you ask him or her to calm down.
Have fun together
It is strongly recommended that you set time for fun activities together with your child. Design and participate in exercises such as stretching, jogging, and other fun activities. Enjoying together with your child will make both of you relax and relieve the tension you might have developed from the caring process. It would be more helpful for you and your child to make fun time a daily routine.
Become Best friends
It is important to spend enough time talking and playing with the child. This will increase trust between the two of you. The fact that these children may have problems with speaking, it doesn’t mean they are unperceptive to communication; find effective communication methods that will enable you to interact with the child. On playing, choose appropriate games which will not expose the child to any danger. Spending more play time with the child reassures her that you care.
Maintenance of a daily routine
Children with autism are extremely responsive to changes in their environment. Even a slight change can lead to an unprecedented meltdown. You therefore need to maintain a daily routine in order to avoid upsetting the child. When changes are inevitable; figure out the most effective ways of introducing them. Piecemeal changes are preferable as the child will rarely notice them.
The decision making process
Most parents do not give these children space to make decisions on their own. They take it upon themselves to decide on each and every aspect of the child’s life. This is detrimental towards the growth of the child. You risk raising a child who may never mature. The best thing you can do to your child is to allow her/him to make some small decisions on various tasks. However, you need to be around to oversee what he or she is doing lest they hurt themselves. Trusting these children with decision making boosts their self-confidence.