As adults, we’re hardwired and charged with the task of making sure the children of our community are safeguarded and treated with the utmost care. It’s a biological imperative that’s rooted in our DNA and remains an absolute in every culture around the world. Children are both simple yet complex, weaving and waning with the situations at hand. Children on the spectrum are no different in that regard. Each and every child is unique, and in the context of Autism, those unique traits and triggers may come as something quite frustrating if we do not cultivate and keep a certain open mindset. But there’s always hope.
Here Are Some of the Best Approaches When Providing Care and Help to Kids With Autism.
Patience is something that not all of us have. But when we’re dealing with Autistic children, it is the number one skill that we must grow. It’s like a muscle. Allowing it to grow may take time and a lot of energy, but we do so with the knowledge that the outcome will serve us better in the long run. A common experience among parents and caretakers is the Autism meltdown. It’s when anxiety and frustration mount to a peak, coupled with the added difficulty of attempting to express it adequately. So when a kid has a meltdown, it’s definitely not a time to get upset. That is a perfect time to learn. Learn about the kid’s patterns. Figure out why the child is reacting to his or her surroundings the way that they are.
When you open your heart and your mind to the possibilities, you’ll start to see what they see. It might not be something that even affects us. But the empathy and willingness to agree with them, with all their likes or dislikes, brings us closer to providing adequate and lasting care. On top of that, the patience built becomes a skill we can use in our own lives as well.
Bring Them Out and About
If you’ve got errands to run, bring them along. Set up title tasks and rewards. Children love that. A healthy diet is an absolute necessity with developing young ones, but a treat every once in a while doesn’t hurt. With that, you can acclimate the kid in your care to the flow and the workings of the world around them. The fascination and the wonderment might not always be apparent, but it’s there.
Let Them Play
Kids with Autism are still kids. They love to play. But unlike some other kids where you can set boundaries and manage time with them, children on the spectrum play on their own time. Establishing a schedule, depending on where on the spectrum they are, can either be easy or extremely difficult. So when they want to play, as much as possible, allow them to play. There’s a thing that happens when time constraints are instilled a bit too early. There comes a risk of tilting the scale towards further anti-social reinforcement. So let them be themselves and play whenever they want during their waking hours.
If you’re caring for a kid on the spectrum, all they want—like any other kid, is love and attention. Show them that empathy and understanding are basic human qualities. Be patient. Above all, allow them to grow at their own pace. The rules still apply, but the timeline changes. Remember that.