Any parent with an autistic child can regale you with stories of the highs as well as the lows. Your child will see the world in an utterly different way – feeling, seeing and hearing in a way that is far more vivid and startling than our own vision of the world. To truly care and build a long-lasting bond, with your child, you may have to slightly adjust your parenting techniques – modifications that will help ease your child’s entry into a world that can, to them, often seem overwhelming. So we have spoken to our team of carers about the best methods of caring for a loved one with autism.
This is our first tip for a reason – we really cannot recommend the value of joining a support group for parents of an autistic child enough. These support groups will be full of helpful tips, as well as offering a space where you can laugh and cry together; helping you feel far less alone. We would recommend looking for a support group in your local area – making sure that you are taking care of yourself as well as your child.
Appreciate small victories
A child with autism will develop at a far different rate to a child without autism. Try to avoid any comparisons or worry about what they have yet to do. Even the smallest accomplishment, like their first word or the first time they tie their shoelaces can prove monumental. Allow yourself to feel proud and you’ll find that you have a far stronger relationship with your child.
Routine and stability
A child with autism craves routine and stability – disorder and mess is to them akin to physical pain due to their intense sensitivity. Try to make sure at every point in the day there are certain non-bending and unalterable moments such as making the same breakfast or having the same bedtime. This will help to reassure the child with autism and help create a far better family dynamic.
Most autistic children are extremely clever and will crave knowledge. Try feeding them as much information as possible and listen out for the type of topics they particular respond to. They may have a passion for one particular subject that might act as a real ray in their light – find this passion and you may unlock a whole new world for your child.
Most people with autism will learn to speak, although in extreme cases they may lack even this capacity. However, even when they have grasped the fundamentals of language, they will still be unable to understand puns or metaphors. They take everything absolutely literally – so try to keep order in your speech to help your child better understand you and your world.
Of course, if you are feeling overwhelmed or out of your depth do feel free to give us a call on 0208 648 9677 or drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org. With a range of handpicked healthcare professionals, many of whom specialise in autism, we may be able to offer a tailor-made solution for your child.