Apart from the medical care and therapies that you may line up to help your son or daughter, there are simple, everyday things that make a difference. Just like anyone else, children with autism spectrum disorder often respond well to positive reinforcement. That means when you praise them for the behaviors they’re doing well, it will make them feel good. Help to facilitate the interaction by making it fun. For instance if the child with autism grabs a toy from another child, use the opportunity to have the child request or to initiate turn taking.
Try to make a proper routine. Make sure child get consistent guidance and interaction, so he/she can practice what they learn from therapy. This can make learning new skills and behaviors easier, and help them apply their knowledge in different situations. Talk to their teachers and therapists and try to align on a consistent set of techniques and methods of interaction so you can bring what they’re learning home.
If the child breaks eye contact the adult should pause the game. You may try to regain his attention by calling his name. Then also if the child is not responding let him be for a few moments before trying again.
Your child should be comfortable when you are carrying out the activities with him/her. Try to do the activities when your child is in a good mood.
Limit the use of ‘NO’ when using negatives, be firm with your child, by raising your voice. The most important thing, DON’T compare your child with other kids. Every child is different and have it’s own unique quality.
Helping your child with autism tips:-
- Be consistent
- Stick to a schedule
- Reward good behavior
- Figure out the motivation behind the tantrum
- Make time for fun
- Pay attention to your child’s sensory sensitivities.