Top Tips To Significantly Enrich An Autistic Child’s Life
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Top Tips to Significantly Enrich an Autistic Child’s Life.
Here are some hard facts that may surprise you. As per the Centre for Disease Control and Protection’s 2016 statistics, one in fifty-four children is affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There is no concrete diagnosis for the children born as autistic. However, for more than 75% of cases, there are many possible reasons. As there are no medicines that can cure autism, multiple lifestyle changes can show tangible signs of development. Children with autism must lead a healthy and learning-filled childhood like any other kid their age.
Let’s have a look at some essential tips that can notably improve an autistic child’s life and make them independent and more capable.
Change Negatives to Positives
Instead of instructing an autistic child to stop doing something, the better way to approach the subject would be by asking for what you want them to do instead. Lesser use of words such as don’t and stop creates a more balanced behavior in any child.
They become aware of your particular instruction in a more simplified manner and end up doing it willingly over time. Even adults get agitated when frequently asked to stop or avoid doing something that could be relatively fun to them, so imagine an autistic child’s dilemma. So resort to more yeses and less nos, please!
Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right
They say that most children are prone to throwing tantrums; we say that humans are prone to throwing tantrums too. An autistic child with minimal communication skills and a lack of expressive nature makes it especially difficult for them to convey their thoughts. What usually happens, in this case, is that similar restlessness might start oozing out of the parent too. It is vital to understand that without an atmosphere of calmness, this behavior will only get worse.
A great way of tackling this issue is by enrolling your child in an Applied Behavior Analysis program. Institute offering ABA programs are available across the USA, such as hidden talents aba, where autistic children learn to communicate and develop social skills.
We All Need a Little Validation
Remember any incident where you worked your nails off, diverting all your time and energy to one particular task and in return didn’t receive any appreciation? Indeed, we have all had one such moments because we particularly like being acknowledged and treated as contributing and hard-working individuals.
Similarly, for autistic kids, praising means the world. A ‘well done,’ ‘good job,’ ‘that’s wonderful’ gives them a much-needed sense of assurance. If you start praising them each time, they do the right thing, they automatically know when they goofed up because there were no affirmative words from you. A few ‘good work bud!’ and you are already developing a new form of communication with your child.
Ignorance is Not Always Bliss
Kids and, in particular, kids with autism need attention; why? Since they are already born with learning and understanding disability, they end up doing things without comprehending the consequences. By paying attention and informing them of the situation beforehand, you can save a lot of time and energy.
Instead of ignoring your child’s erratic behavior, try to find the root cause or the reason behind it. Notice the changes that take place in their behavior before and after a specific activity, as these little changes can convey a lot.
Autistic children are just like other kids. All they need is a little more attention, a few extra chances, and an additional pinch of love. Autistic children have a very high chance of leading a ‘normal’ everyday life if provided the right treatment and given some care. Simultaneously, it is essential not to always make an autistic child feel vulnerable or weak, as that can make them more dependent.
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