Early intervention is the best way forward in autism. When a child is diagnosed on the spectrum, you know that you need to take care of them in a different manner, and understand their special needs. Here are a few things to remember:
- Every autistic child is different. As you grow with the child you learn too. Aakash, 3, may throw a crying fit during a regular haircut..he does not like what happens with the clip-clip of the scissors. Tania, 4, fights any change to her regular meals..say carrots instead of apples can stress her out. As you interact with your child you will gradually understand which are her stress switches, what triggers her off, and how to minimize stress both for your kid and you.
- From speech to development to language to social adjustment, a child may have challenges in several of these areas. Many therapies, educational programmes and modes of play can help children with autism. Try to attend as many sessions as possible with your child. This will help you understand the techniques or care tips to help your special needs child at home.
- Sometimes it’s the attitude of people around that can get very hurtful. You see, not everyone can understand special needs. They may tend to make fun, or say something rude or insensitive in your presence. It’s okay to feel sad about it. Do realize that you are not alone. Just like you, so many families in your city, country and all around the world are raising autistic kids. Get in touch with autism action networks in your city, country or even in some other part of the world. It can feel lonely sometimes, raising a special needs child, no matter how much home support you have. As you read up about autism online, you will come across many forums and support groups where parents like you discuss their experiences.
- As you learn and grow in your parenting, you can also share your experiences with caregivers of other autistic children. Reach out and share about your everyday frustrations and joys. Everyday new ways are being found to help autistic children, scientists too are discovering more about this pervasive condition—so take it one step at a time.