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It is important to understand that autism doesn’t mean that your child is different. It simply means that your child is special and these children have special needs and abilities. Similarly, it is imperative to understand that most care givers of children with autism believe that autism doesn’t pose any challenge for them, it’s just … Continue reading “Understanding Autism and Its Challenges”
It is important to understand that autism doesn’t mean that your child is different. It simply means that your child is special and these children have special needs and abilities. Similarly, it is imperative to understand that most care givers of children with autism believe that autism doesn’t pose any challenge for them, it’s just how they face the problem heads on.
Autism can’t be fixed, but it also doesn’t mean this mental issue is hardwired into your child and their gene. Although, you can manage the effects associated with autism, only if you pay attention to the sensory needs of your child. Focusing on things and the environment around your child can help you understand how your child behaves in a certain setting and what triggers those episodes. Managing their hyperactive senses can help your child to pull together and come to terms with these issues.
Understanding your kid’s needs
Most parents, teachers, carers, and others lack the understanding of how a need for a child with autism is different. They do not understand how your child reacts to sensation, touch, and perception. There’s been a ton of research about how children with autism do not have a particular theory of the brain—they don’t understand that you are a different person and you have needs and requirements different from others.
The family and carers and anyone who is in contact with children with autism simply don’t “get” why the child is irritated when a light bulb flickers or why they cry or shout when the doorbell is ringing. For these children, a doorbell is equal to the sound of a thousand church chimes and a flickering light bulb is like lighting. They fail to acknowledge why their child may need to tap his foot and move around the classroom to prevent themselves from falling off the chair.
They may not see that today has been a terrible day for you, thus they fail at being less needy. They may keep talking because they fail to understand your mood or your boredom.
There are two ways in which your child’s behavior can be affected. Both internal and external environments affect how your child will react to challenges associated with autism. We have mentioned them below:
A few things in your child’s environment are alterable and some are not. Say, for example, your child has been too noisy in class and if the teacher gives them candy, she is unknowingly rewarding a wrong behavior.
So, it all boils down to understanding your child’s needs and how you can help them in an environment where you can make changes. For example, if you are trying to help your child calm down or make them do their homework, you cannot achieve that in a room where there is constant noise or disturbance. For a hearing-sensitive child, you need to set them up in a peaceful and noiseless spot.
Below we have listed in ways how internal conditions can trigger a series of issues and how they can be managed:
Stabilization, regulation, and sensory breaks
When you have tended to your kid’s physical needs, you should take an opportunity to understand and think about your child’s sensory and emotional needs. Your child’s sensory needs are different from your own and other children as well. They are likely to be overpowered by data given to them either through school, their senses, environment, or even you. You must understand how you can manage and use this information to help your child and allow them to understand you.
What kind of sensory break does your kid need?
Watch your kid and see what helps them calm down when they are doing something tedious or repetitive. That may give you a few hints to what senses or exercises you should conduct to help them refocus. Based on the child’s needs and requirements, you can select a sensory break exercise, which may include:
Children and youngsters with autism face problems based on two spectra which can be defined as followed:
A few children and youngsters with autism spectrum, their parents, and carers face various other issues that others may underestimate. For example, they may think that it’s hard to:
Family members and Carers
Family members and carers of children with autism spectrum also face various issues, for instance, they may be: