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How to help your autistic child communicate better

May 28, 2017

Studies show that autism has its origins in early brain development. Each case of autism is different and requires specific treatment and therapy that is suited to the needs of the individual child.

Here are some autism tips and guidelines for parents by experts:

Keep sentences as short as possible when speaking to children who are non-verbal or have a limited vocabulary. Simple instructions like - 'Drink your juice', 'Sit down', 'Get the book', are easy for them to understand.

Look for non-verbal cues. An autistic child may use sounds, body language, facial expressions and gestures to communicate his or her needs. Learn these signs to help you communicate more effectively with your child.

Some autistic children are highly sensitive to noise, light, touch or smell. Understand your child's sensitivities so you can avoid them. This will make it easier for your child to function and communicate.

A structured daily routine will help your child feel more secure. Meals, naps, school, therapy and bed time should happen according to a schedule. When there are holidays and the schedule will be affected, help your child by preparing him or her in advance.

Identify your child's strengths and interests and focus on them. Some autistic children are very skilled and talented. By focusing on your child's strengths, you build confidence and self-esteem.

Create a safe zone at home. This should be a space where your child feels safe and secure and can relax.

Autistic children are visual learners, so visual aids can be used to work on skill areas that require support. These can include tactile objects, drawings, photographs, symbols or videos.

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