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5 Simple And Effective Autism Strategies For Parents

By Rachel Evans

No parent wants their child to be autistic, but for those parents who are faced with a child who has autism, relief can be found by applying the some autism strategies. Strategies for autism provide parents with different ways to help cope and manage the disorder.

After all, autism isn’t a condition your child will get over, grow out of, or die from; it is simply their way of life. Therefore, it is essential parents know how to make the life of their autistic child a safe, comfortable, secure, and happy one.

Creating a good life for an autistic starts with providing them structured routines and secure environments where they can learn and practice socializing with others. Of course, before an autistic can feel comfortable within an environment, he/she must first experience what most autistics dread – change.

Therefore, the first of the autism strategies that will be discussed which a parent needs to focus on is desensitizing their autistic child to new environments.

Many autistic children react badly when they are taken from their home and placed in a new setting. To help ease the child into the new situation, they first need to be exposed to it for a short time.

As soon as the child begins to act up, they should be removed from the environment and taken home so they can calm down. The child should be taken back to the same place the following day and only be place back in the environment for an extremely short period of time.

Following visits should slowly become longer and coupled with rewards and positive feedback. Such a strategy can help a child cope with new environments such as a classroom, and give parents eventual peace of mind.

Autism strategies involving self awareness are another excellent way to manage autism. Self awareness skills assist children in learning how to relate to others by first teaching them how to relate to themselves.

Teaching an autistic how to manage their emotions helps them to learn about the same emotions experienced by others. This increases their awareness and understanding, and helps to make communication easier.

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Speaking of communication, parents need to take great care in ensuring that they communicate slowly with their children and make communications as direct and basic as possible.

It is also important for parents to make sure they have their autistic child’s full attention before attempting to communicate.

Different therapies are also excellent autism strategies you can introduce to a child with autism. After your child was diagnosed with autism, you likely discussed different treatment options with his/her health care provider. If you have not yet discussed treatment or therapy methods, you should consider doing so.

The reason is because certain therapies such as speech and cognitive behavioural therapy help children develop communication skills, and teach them how to express emotions, and control obsessive behaviours so they can learn to be more content when around others, and in specific situations where they would otherwise feel anguish.

Finally, one of the best autism strategies you and your autistic child would benefit from is joining a local support group. Allowing your child to socialize with other autistics, and obtaining emotional support from other parents who understand what you are going through, is a great way to cope with your situation and learn how to better manage your child’s disorder.

Keep in mind that when you are trying different autism strategies, you need to carefully observe the way your child responds to them. Remember, no two children are alike, and this applies to children with autism as well.

Not only are there five different autism spectrum disorders, but no two autistics with the same disorder are the same. It may take some trial and error to find suitable approaches and interventions for your child.

Author - Rachel Evans

The Essential Guide to Autism