The best thing you can do as a parent of a child with autism or other developmental delays is to begin therapy as soon as possible. If you have that feeling something is “off” or not typical, then seek medical advice and assistance. Do not wait for or assume your child will simply catch up or outgrow the problem. You don’t even need to wait for a formal diagnosis. The earlier a child with autism spectrum condition receives autism services, the better their chances of a successful outcome.
The most effective strategy to accelerate your child’s development and lessen the symptoms of autism over time is to intervene early. It will go a long way toward helping your child if you learn everything you can about autism and get involved in treatment. In addition, the following suggestions will make daily living at home simpler for both you and your ASD child.
Make your home a safe haven
We try to ‘baby proof’ our homes as best as possible, and this needs to be even more of a priority for your child with autism. Also, these safety measures may need to be in place for a much longer amount of time. Furniture (bookshelves, hefty dressers) and televisions are secured to the walls using safety straps (TVs that are sitting on dressers should also be secured, as this is a common source of TV-related injuries). One of the most effective ways to protect your child is to install a child safety door chime. When a door in your home is opened, a form of door alarm will instantly notify you.
Stick to schedule
Routines are the foundation of daily living, especially for autistic children. One of the best things we can do for our families is to establish a consistent daily plan. It relieves stress, inhibits negative emotions, restores peace and order, and promotes family bonding. Daily routines are important for children of all developmental and learning capacities, both at home and at school, according to research. According to studies, youngsters who have daily routines have a 45% higher chance of retaining good social-emotional health as they get older.
When it comes to parenting any child, especially a child with autism, consistency is one of the most crucial and essential notions. It takes time and effort to be consistent as a parent. Being consistent isn’t always simple. Being consistent can be difficult due to busy schedules, changes in your day, or feeling overwhelmed.
Reward good behavior
When your child copes with a change or an unexpected incident, such as not getting a requested table number at a restaurant, praise or thank them. Tell your child how great it is that they are “flexible,” and encourage them to relate this skill with receiving something they enjoy, such as attention.