Understanding Autistic Children

Raising Autistic children can be a daunting task. Although autistic children usually do not misbehave intentionally like typical children, they still misbehave unintentionally. Parents need to understand their challenges and learn to love unconditionally.

Here are some tips that can help.

Understand Your Autistic Children:

You have to realize that most autistic children do not understand the concept of bad behaviors. They react to external problems. For instance, some autistic children are extra-sensitive to light and sound. When they have to be in these environments, they misbehave. Learning about their personality and sensitivity will help you to care for them.

Change Your Expectations:

You would expect normal children to sit still at dinner. But if you are caring for autistic children, it is not a reasonable expectation. Your expectations have to reasonable. Otherwise, you and your children will be frustrated. Consider starting with a smaller goal.

Praise Their Successes:

When your children learn to become themselves, give them rewards. Autistic children still need love and appreciation from their parents like other normal children.

Learn To Ignore Other’s Opinions:

If your children go out in public and make some noise, it is not a big deal. Sometimes autistic children may draw attention of other people. Remember, your children are autistic. They are not embarrassing.

Learn To Have Fun Together:

Sometimes it is not very easy to have fun with autistic children, but you can learn to love unconditionally. Be creative about how you can have fund with autistic children. Sometimes cuddling and enjoying the moment are enough.

 
If you are raising autistic children or have contact with autism in some way, we’d love to hear your comments and discussions. Knowing that you are not alone and being able to share stories and experiences is a great source of comfort not only for you but for others on this same caregiving journey.
 
Additional resources for understanding autistic children:
 
www.autism.about.com/…/childrenandautism/Children_and_Autism.htm
 
 
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About Sue Salach

Sue has a Master's degree in Gerontology and has worked in the geriatric healthcare field for over 25 years and is the Author of "Along Comes Grandpa", a caregiving resource guide, and the novel "If I Walked in Her Shoes" (http://www.AlongComesGrandpa.com). As a Keynote Speaker and Corporate Trainer, Sue employs her comprehensive experience and enthusiasm to assist corporations in finding solutions to work/life balance challenges and pro-actively educate and empower their employees.
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