Children with autism require special care. While it may sometimes feel overwhelming to raise a child with autism, there are a few things you can do to make things easier.
Many children struggle to leave places or stop doing activities that they enjoy. Try practicing ‘warning times’ to make this transition easier. Basically, you tell your child that you have to leave or stop in five minutes. When you give them a heads up they feel less panicked when the time comes to leave. It may take a while for them to get used to this, but once they do it will make things much easier.
If your child is prone to becoming very anxious or if they have trouble sleeping, weighted blankets for autism will help a lot. These blankets are a great comfort to children with autism and will help them calm down very easily. Do not use these blankets if your child has any form of respiratory problems.
Another handy trick to get a child to transition from one activity to another is by telling them what needs to be done. Be strict in saying “first you finish your homework, then you can play”. If they know what they need to do in order to get what they want, they’re more likely to do it. They need to know that there will be a reward after finishing a task they don’t want to do.
Positive reinforcement is necessary in order to discipline your child effectively. When they do something good, acknowledge that behavior and reward them for it. When they do something bad, withhold the rewards. This way they will start to learn which behaviors are acceptable and which are not.
These are just a few tips to help. Do your research and you’ll find many other parents sharing their experiences.