Autistic spectrum disorder is a very serious disorder and it is a much more frequent condition than most people suppose. It is not an easy thing to deal with as children with autism require a lot of patience and wisdom and right approach.
Here are some tips on the account of how to behave with children with autism in order to help them and create better environment for socializing.
First of all it is important to get the right diagnosis and a proper specialist evaluation. If the diagnosis is set it is easier to find ways of dealing with the condition and finding optimal solutions.
Children with autism require a lot of patience as well as attention. It is better if you start a journal for your kid in which all the stages of development will be described and this will be very helpful if you just suspect that your kid is ill. Further evaluation procedures may require different questioners and tests that will make it clearer whether the suspicions have any ground or not. Moreover, any notes that you make will be of assistance later on in the process of a kid?s growing up and development. You can notice and make conclusions about things that work for your kid and the ones that do not. A thorough kept journal will also help to single out some trends and repetitive behaviors as well as create the best working reaction tactics.
All the parents should be realistic about their kids. There is no use in being overly happy about the progresses of children with autism. These progresses and breaks-through can be short lived and the former state can return after what seemed great change. However, it is not the reason for being disappointed and upset too much. A parent of children with autism should understand from the very beginning that this will not be an easy ride. Still, the progress is possible and feasible and the main thing for such parents to do is to learn what works and proceed with it.
Routine is important and very helpful for many children with autism, so it is recommended that it was more or less preserved.
Children with autism may be very independent but in many cases parents cannot handle them on their own. There are different options starting from caretakers and ending with close friends.
Stimulus and motivation are important. Even more, they are essential when it comes to children with autism. It is well-known that kids with autism are very responsive to visual clues and signs. Everything visual will be a great help with autistic kids who do not talk and the ones who do as well. Many parents find it helpful to create some sort of a picture chart to improve and alleviate communication.
Intervention programs and special pre-school programs can be of real assistance. Children with autism can study but they will require much more help and special attention, for sure. It is very important to evaluate the kid before the age of 3 and even earlier.
It is very strongly advised for parents who suspect anything or notice any symptoms of autism in their kids to consult a doctor. It is crucial for such parents to understand that the more time they lose the fewer chances are to help a kid in all possible ways.
Though, the disorder it not treated, its symptoms can be alleviated and if measures are taken early, a kid will be able to live more or less independently. There are a lot of resources with information about children with autism as well about recommendations and schools and treatments and programs. All the treatments are less effective if started later – that is why parent of children with autism should not waste time.