1. The importance of Chores
Doing chores teaches autistic individuals important skills on doing work for others.
Learning work skills is extremely important and work experiences should start early in a child’s life.
Today good work experiences could be: walking dogs, fixing computers, mowing lawns, making PowerPoint presentations, making greeting cards and selling them, or writing for a church or community newsletter.
2. Early Intervention Improves a Child's Prognosis
Start working with your child now. Many scientific studies show that early educational intervention improves a child’s prognosis.
If no services are available, you need to get volunteers to work with your autistic child.
An effective teacher will be able to achieve more language, better turn taking skills, and better social interaction. The child’s brain needs to be kept engaged with the world.
3. Consistency is The Key
I cannot over emphasise the importance of consistency.
It is essential for the rules to be consistent at BOTH home and school.
Parents and teachers must work together otherwise the autistic person may manipulate the parent against the teacher and vice versa.
Determine if a behaviour problem is caused by pain or sensory over sensitivity.
The three main behavioural causes of tantrums and other problem behaviours are:
Frustration because communication is difficult
Escape from a task
Each one of these motivators needs to be handled in a different way.
4. Encourage Creativity
Parents, teachers and professionals should strive to encourage a individual’s creativity.
To expand your autistic child’s ability, encourage making drawings of things that are related to their fixation.
The autistic person needs to learn how to do drawings that other people will want and appreciate.
Autistic children who love Legos should graduate to using real wood working tools when they are 10 to 11 years old.
5. Ensure Proper Sleep Habits
Try simple things first such as making sure an autistic individual gets lots of exercise and reducing sugar in the diet.
Some autistic people sleep better under a heavy weighted blanket.
Have quiet, calming activities that become a routine before bedtime such as reading a story or singing calming songs.
Each autistic person is an individual. They need to get the right supports and strategies to meet their individual needs.
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