Autism is a mental health disease that so little around the world understand or even accept into their lives. Many people put the behaviours displayed down to ignorance, or even bad parenting and that simply isn’t the case. Autism is a mental condition that causes the sufferer to struggle with communication and also form relationships. It can also hinder their learning ability and often appears as early as the age of 2 years old. It can be a scary time for both child and parent when a diagnosis is made, and if you’re completely unaware of the disease and what can happen, you may not know where to turn. Take a look at the best approach to coping with your autistic child so that not only does your child get the care they need, but you can understand their behaviours and cope as a carer.
Seek out the right information
The first steps that you should be taking as the parent of an autistic child is finding out exactly what to expect from your child and also why this will be happening. An autistic mind works much differently to the ‘regular’ mind and in fact, some of the people that we consider as geniuses in the world have been autistic. Bill Gates is a perfect example for this. Autism doesn’t mean that your child is going to fall behind, it simply means that they learn in a different way. You can read more over at ASD resources for a full guide on things to look out for and other important things to take into consideration for your child.
Create a sensory room
One thing that will become very clear is that your child’s senses react differently to yours. Bright lights, loud sounds, and even certain food textures will upset them with no clear reason as to why. It’s just part and parcel of the condition. A great way to help calm them and also encourage exploring new senses is by creating a sensory room for them to retreat to and discover more about themselves.
Don’t ignore any fears
You will also notice that sometimes your child will be experiencing what seems like an extremely irrational fear. This usually stems from a sensory issue that they’ve got, and a particular event that’s happened which will play on their minds. Don’t ignore the fears that they are having because unlike regular people, their fears can progress much further into their mind and cause them to regress back into themselves rather than thriving.
Finally, your child will depend on your much more than a ‘normal’ child because of the above reasons and also the struggle they may have with making friends and maintaining relationships inside and outside of school. While it’s important to support them, it’s also important to encourage solidarity so that they gain self-confidence for themselves and don’t rely on support their whole lives. Small actions like allowing them to play slightly out of sight will give them independence and also confidence that nothing will go wrong if you’re not around.