How to get on their level
Having a Child on the Autism Spectrum can often be a challenging and daunting thing. It is good to build from a solid foundation that starts with a good team.
Often times physicians, nutritionists, occupational therapists, social workers, counselors and speech therapists are all part of the process of helping to manage Autism. With all these people working together sometimes it can get confusing.
Here are 5 Quick Tips for you and your child on the Autism Spectrum.
1. Know that Autism is a Spectrum
Every individual on the Autism Spectrum is truly an individual. It’s hard to not get stuck in the endless world of information on the internet. Just because something works for one family, doesn’t always mean it will work for yours. Don’t give up! Get to know your child as an individual first.
2. Get on Their Level
Figure out what your child enjoys, what motivates them, and use this to your advantage. Sometimes this is very obvious, but sometimes it is not. Get on his or her level and see what they enjoy.
3. Be aware of your surroundings
Does you child have a hard time whenever you go to the grocery store or maybe to the library? Every environment has different sensory components that someone who is on the autism spectrum may be extremely sensitive to. Try to notice if it is sounds or lights or smells that are particularly difficult for your child. Then help them cope with and avoid these things when possible.
4. Connect with your local Autism Society or Support Group
For those days that you just want to pull your hair out (guess what, you’re not alone!). Remember to take care of yourself too. Being the parent of a child on the autism spectrum is hard and having support is necessary. Look online for groups or your local Autism Society to connect with other families like yours. We have put together a resource page that you can visit – Click Here
5. Try Occupational Therapy
Does all of this seem overwhelming? Occupational Therapists (OTs) are here to help. An OT will work with your child to help them participate in their activities daily life as independently as possible, while incorporating his or her sensory needs.
Many times Doctors will start to help put a team together for the patient of different people that may be able to help; social workers, occupational therapists, etc. Did you know that you do not have to wait for your doctor to start building that team?
Take it into your own hands. Research out an occupational therapist that will be right for your child. Shop around for different nutritionist that may be able to help. Take it upon yourself to build a good solid team of people to create a successful environment and knowledge base to promote progress.
Looking for an Occupational Therapist for your Child? Book an Exploration Visit with one of ours here: therafitrehab.com/appt
An Exploration Visit is an appointment that you can schedule to come into our clinic, get a tour of the facility, and then speak with an Occupational Therapist to see what we can do to help. It is a great FREE way to see if your child could benefit from receiving therapy.