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.
Watch in Sign Language
Read more on Newz Hook
- Headlines April 18, 2019 Voting in second phase of elections today
- Get-hooked April 20, 2019 Parenting Corner - Autism and dental health
- Get-hooked April 20, 2019 Trending stories on NewzHook this week!
- Get-hooked April 16, 2019 Inclusive Bowling event in Pune is the perfect weekend treat
- Headlines April 16, 2019 World Cup Cricket - Indian side announced
- Headlines April 18, 2019 Jet Airways suspends all operations
- Parasports April 17, 2019 Champ para swimmer Wg Commander Shantanu looks to set a new record, this time in rowing
- Accessibility April 19, 2019 CBSE to allow visual aids in Class 10 exams from 2020 for students with vision impairments
- Get-hooked April 21, 2019 Understanding Stimming
- Get-hooked April 18, 2019 Tips to manage learning disabilities in adults
Want to feature your inspiring story or share an event with the disabled community? Write to:
Newz Hook - Accessible News