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Tips on How to Care for an Autistic Child

by Katherine on October 6, 2011

Caring for an autistic child can be very stressful because of the continuous and intensive amount of assistance they require. If you are caring for an autistic child in your family, here are some tips on how to care for him.

The best way to help your child is to make your child a part of the family. Do not make him the center of your family’s attention as it is not beneficial for a child to be given more attention than needed. You want to make him feel that he belongs instead of making him feel different.

You also want to be consistent with the routines that you set for your child. Otherwise, your child will feel confused and could react with unusual behaviors. Always keep things organized and do not try to do more than you can handle.

If you need to praise or scold your child, always use the same words to reward him and the same words when you scold him. Keep in mind that for an autistic child, a situation that has already happened in the past may feel completely new to him even though it just happened yesterday. This is because they do not learn well from experiences.

If you want to motivate your child, it is a good idea to provide small rewards which he enjoys. On the other hand, the best way to correct your child’s behavior is to use ten praise statements for every one corrective statement. Of course, prevention should always the goal. If you want to prevent unwanted behavior, always be observant of your child’s physical actions. Be on the lookout for tell tale signs such as whining or avoiding eye contact. When this happens, let the child perform a basic task and casually guide him through it. Do not forget to praise him after he has completed his task.

Finally, it is always best to make your child understand any changes to his schedule or his surroundings. Keep in mind that autistic children are easily confused when things are not according to how they expect it to be. If a change is about to happen, always advise him ahead of time so he will have time to process and accept the changes that are coming his way.

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