The proportion of children with Autism is rising nowadays. Therefore, it is important to have a deep understanding of the strategies to handle these kids. Every child has different learning requirements and capabilities but kids on the Autism spectrum need a little more supervision and care.
Whether a parent or teacher, it’s essential to understand what are the needs and requirements of children with Autism. Working with children with autism can be challenging sometimes. Every day gives the chance for new adventures, learning, and behavioral journeys.
Here are some strategies that are easy to start with children with autism:
Teach them the importance of Time Management
- The importance of time management should be considered a crucial task for children with Autism such as understanding how long it takes to complete an activity.
- Make use of a sand timer or a visual clock timer that will help them to communicate how much time is remaining for the activities they are perfuming.
- Using a timer and helping them set appropriate amounts of time to complete each task keeps them focused and reduces distractions.
Make Communication Easier:
- Make use of sign language for children with low speech skills.
- Make sure you’re using short sentences and simple but clear language.
- Many children on the autism spectrum respond well to visual information.
- Using a variety of visuals in the form of pictures, flip charts, posters, and cards helps and supports children with Autism.
Make them alert about Strangers:
- Explain what a stranger is to your child.
- Teach them never to take food or treats from strangers.
- Tell them not to allow a stranger to come into the house.
- Run away, yell and find a trusted adult like a teacher, babysitter, or police officer and tell them in case of an emergency.
- Help your child memorize emergency contact numbers and role-play stranger situations to make them understand more clearly.
Make time for fun:
- There must be more to life than therapy for parents and children with autism.
- Consider the things that make your child laugh and smile.
- Come up with methods to have fun together.
- There are tremendous benefits and results of spending time together with your child.
- All children need to play to learn, try to create such activities that shouldn’t feel like work.
Stay Consistent and make a Schedule:
- Children with autism usually perform better when they stick to a certain routine.
- Establish a routine for your child’s meals, therapy sessions, school hours, playtime, and bedtime.
- Make a list of things that your child does at his therapy sessions and continue the methods at home.
- It’s also important to maintain consistency in the way you interact with your child and deal with challenging behaviors.
Accept your child:
- Accept your child the way he/she is rather than focusing on how your kid with Autism differs from other kids.
- Enjoy your child’s unique traits, and celebrate small successes.
- Stop comparing your child to others.
- Your child will be happier from feeling welcomed and loved unconditionally.
- Create positive reinforcement rather than giving punishments and threats which are more likely to result in anxiety.
- Praise them when they learn new skills and even if they make mistakes.
- Consider additional methods of rewarding them for excellent behaviour.
- Finally, remember that your participation is essential to the success of any treatment choosen.