Children with autism are often very antisocial—not mingling or playing with their peers. Learning that your child is anything other than healthy and happy can be overwhelming and saddening but you’ve got to accept the situation and try your best to manage it well. Comparing your child to other bright, outspoken or playful children won’t do any good. Embrace your child’s quirks and celebrate his/her small successes.
Of course, it won’t be easy, caring for healthy kids takes a toll on you, how much more caring for a kid with special needs. No two ways about it, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Taking the following concrete steps will help you and your child have an easier time living with autism:
It is important that you love your child unconditionally. Just like other children, kids with autism spectrum disorder know when they are loved. They will feel good and warm up to you when you praise them for their good behaviors. Find ways to reward your child when he/she does something that you like.
Give It Time
There is no overstressing this point. As a parent, when your child is diagnosed of autism spectrum disorder, there is no sort of treatment, technique or approaches that you won’t try to utilize in order to ensure your child is having a good time. Not everything you try will be effective and that can be disappointing but you’ve got to give it time. Figure out what triggers your child’s tantrums or difficult behavior and stay consistent in the way you interact with them.
Engage Your Child In Everyday Activities
Even though children with autism can be often unpredictable—loving something one day and crying over it the next day, exposing them to the outside world will benefit them more than keeping them in. They will become used to the world when you take them out on errands.
Teach Your Child To Play
Kids with autism generally prefer playing alone and while solo play isn’t a problem on its own, it could make it difficult for your kids to communicate and socialize with their age mates. So it’s important to encourage your child to play and be his/her playing guide.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself too—it isn’t selfish. In order to give your child the very best of you, you have to be emotionally strong. So don’t hesitate to have your ‘me’ time and get support when you feel like it. Friends, families or professionals can be a big help to you.