World Autism Awareness Day 2022: Intuit, Accept, Respect & Love
Happy World Autism Awareness Day! Today, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day, and we wanted to take a moment to talk about what autism is and how it impacts our lives. The theme for this year’s World Autism Awareness Day is “Inclusion in the Workplace.” It tries to build on last year’s theme by highlighting the vital importance of education for people on the autism spectrum in reaching their full potential and achieving long-term employment success. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects how people communicate and interact with others. It can make socialising difficult, and many people with ASD find it hard to form relationships. Autistic people often have unique talents and interests, which we should celebrate! There is no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting an autistic child, but we hope this post will give you insight into what you might expect.
Signs of autistic children
1. Lack of eye contact
Some autistic children avoid making eye contact, or they may look at people without really seeing them. This can make socialising difficult, as eye contact is essential in communication.
2. Repetitive behaviours
Many autistic children have repetitive behaviours, such as hand-flapping, spinning, or head-banging. These behaviours can be soothing for the child and may help them deal with anxiety or stress.
3. Resistance to change
Autistic children often like routines and may resist any changes to their daily routine. This can make things like going on vacation or even visiting a friend’s house quite challenging.
4. Sensory processing issues
Many autistic children have difficulty processing sensory information. This can mean that they are hypersensitive to certain sounds, smells, or textures. Or they may be hypersensitive and not respond to stimuli that most people would find unpleasant or even painful.
5. Communication difficulties
Many autistic children have difficulty with communication. They may not be able to make eye contact, or they may have difficulty understanding and using language.
6. Social interaction difficulties
Many autistic children have problems with social interaction. They may not understand the give-and-take of conversation or seem aloof and uninterested in others.
7. Unusual behaviours
Autistic children may exhibit repetitive or unusual behaviours, such as spinning, flapping their hands, or staring at objects for long periods.
These are just a few of the signs present in a child with autism. If you think your child may have autism, it’s essential to talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and intervention can make a big difference in the child’s development.
Activities for autistic children at home!
1. Get down on the floor and play
One of the best things you can do for your child with autism is to get down on the floor and play with them. This helps your child feel comfortable and safe, and it’s a great way to bond with them.
2. Use visual aids
Visual aids can be a great way to help your child with autism learn and communicate. There are many different visual aids available, so talk to your doctor or therapist to determine what would be best for your child.
3. Use music and movement
Many children with autism enjoy music and movement. You can use this to your advantage by using music and exercise to help your child learn and communicate.
4. Nature walks
Nature walks can be a great way to help your child with autism relax and de-stress. It’s also a great way to bond with your child and get some fresh air.
Parenting tips on dealing with autistic children
1. Be patient
It’s essential to be patient when dealing with a child with autism. Many things that come naturally to other children can be very difficult for children with autism. It’s important to remember that they are doing the best they can. If you need help dealing with a child with autism, many resources are available. Talk to your doctor or therapist, or contact a local support group.
2. Be consistent
It’s important to be consistent when you’re dealing with a child with autism. Many things that come naturally to other children can be very difficult for children with autism. It’s important to remember that they are doing the best they can. If you need help dealing with a child with autism, many resources are available. Talk to your doctor or therapist, or contact a local support group.
It’s essential to be consistent when dealing with a child with autism. Many things that come naturally to other children can be very difficult for children with autism. This is why consistency is key when working with children with autism. If they know what to expect and what is expected of them, they are more likely to succeed.
3. Use positive reinforcement
One of the most important things you can do when working with a child with autism is to use positive reinforcement. This means rewarding them when they do something right. This can be anything from verbal praise to a small treat. The key is to make sure the reward is immediate and consistent.
4. Seek professional help
If you have difficulty working with a child with autism, it is essential to seek professional help. Many resources are available to parents and caregivers, and a professional can help you find the best way to work with your child.
This is just a tiny sample of the strategies used when working with children with autism. However, these four tips are a good place to start. If you would like to learn more about autism and how to best support those with the condition, please contact us.
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, a day to learn more about autism spectrum disorder and how to support the families affected by it. While parenting any child can be challenging, raising a child with ASD comes with unique responsibilities. We hope that this post has given you some insight into those responsibilities and shown you that you are not alone in this journey. If you are struggling or just need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Many online and offline resources are available for parents of children with ASD. And remember, it’s okay to ask for help! Thank you for reading, and we wish you all the best in your parenting!