Ask any parent, they’ll tell you that raising and parenting children is the single hardest and most rewarding task they’ve ever encountered. Parenting an austistic child, although it can take the stress level to another level, it is just as rewarding. The key to raising any child, including a child with autism, would be to give them lots of love and nurture.
When your child is diagnosed with autism, you might first go through a panic mode. One of the first thing that you would want to do, would be to set up counseling for you and your partner to help you deal with the negative feelings that you might have with this news. Another thing that you might want to do would be to do some research to about Autism. This, will help you to understand and have some sort of expectation on what to come.
Do Your Research
Your child’s pediatrician would be the best way to start your research. He/she will be able to point you in the right direction. Usually, there are support groups in your area and online that will be able to help you deal with the initial period, which can also be a great source of information.
Choose a Program
Seek professional advice when you’re choosing a program for your autistic child. Research the program and make sure that it is qualified to assist your child and that it deals with all aspects of autism.
Provide a Loving, Comfortable and Safe Environment
After you have come to terms with the idea that you have an autistic child, you will need to take care of certain things at home. You will want to create a loving, safe and comfortable home for your child.
The first thing that you need to do is a safety check. For example, if you have a worry that your child might sneak outside, then you might want to install security locks on the doors. However if you decide to do that, it is also important to make sure that in terms of emergency, the child can get out. Fencing the yard, so that the child can play outside safely, might be another option.
On some instances, finding a good middle ground would be best. For example, some autistic children are sensitive to touch and does not like taking a bath, and even though you’d want the child to be clean, you also want them to be happy. You can probably reduce the bath time number to every other day. You can also help them to overcome their sensitivity to water by playing lots of water games. Squirt guns and water sprinklers can be two great tools. When they’re having fun with water, they might come to enjoy bathing later.
Although they might not want to participate in all of them, provide your child with activities both at home and outside of home. It is very important for them to feel that they are included. Don’t leave them home when you’re out and about. If you’re going out to dinner, take them with you. Just make sure it’s a family restaurant, so that it’s not such a big deal if he misbehave in public. Providing them with activities and the opportunity for social interaction will help them in the long run.
Give lots of Love
The most important thing you can give your child is to shower him with Love. Even though he might not like to be touch, there are other ways to show that you love him. Talk to him even if he doesn’t seem to be listening. It is very important for their development. Tell him how much you love him, even though he might not respond back.
Any child that is loved, will feel the love, even is they have Autism.