Autism spectrum disorder or ASD covers a wide range of behaviors. ASD can cause issues with communication, anxiety, social interaction, and repetitive behaviors. This can make parenting children diagnosed with autism a challenge. Ascend Autism understands that every child with ASD has unique needs requiring support geared specifically to them. However, some broad autism parenting tips can help families not just cope with ASD but find productive and useful accommodations as individuals with the disorder grow and learn.
Autism Parenting Tips: Adjust Your Perspective
It’s very common for children with ASD to experience food sensitivities. In fact, sometimes an individual’s diet will contribute to their behavioral issues and physical wellbeing. Keep an eye on what your child is eating and what they are not eating. Due to sensitivities and fixed habits, individuals with ASD may not be meeting their nutritional needs, and this can cause other issues to arise. Speak with your doctor or a dietician about how best to adjust the diet of individuals with ASD, so they get all the nutrients they need while avoiding foods that cause issues.
Many children with ASD have issues with sensory experiences that many of us would consider common. Specifically, sensitivities to loud sounds, bright light, and strong smells. It’s important to remember that individuals with ASD are more impacted by sensory experiences and can become overwhelmed. Learn your child’s comfort level with these stimuli and be mindful of the environment you are in or are entering.
Self-Care Is Important
There is an additional level of stress for caring for a child with ASD. It’s important to remember that as a parent, you are not alone. There are resources available to you and your spouse or other caregivers. These resources are often targeted towards addressing your child’s ASD but they also offer a means for you to maintain your emotional and mental health. Seeing to your mental health not only allows you to revive and refresh but also to be a mindful parent.
It’s okay to have distractions and take a break. Parents need to learn to let others help them, such as therapists, teachers, social workers, other family members, and friends. It lightens the load for everyone and allows your child to socialize with others. Local support groups are also a very worthwhile resource, where you can express your emotions and experiences in a safe environment with others with similar experiences. Whether it is a counselor or a group, it’s vital as a parent, you share the stress you are feeling. Bottling up your emotions or neglecting your wellbeing or mental health not only harms yourself but makes caring for someone else even more difficult.
With the correct diagnosis, individuals with autism can get the support and therapy to modify behaviors to overcome the obstacles ASD may present. Caregivers and families can find the resources to address their child’s autism disorder through Ascend Autism’s programs and services. Our autism parenting training can give families the coaching they need. We apply the consistent, progressive, and motive-based principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), but in a method that engages a child organically. All interventions or therapies utilized by Ascend Autism are tailored specifically to each individual but are also fully comprehensive in order to address and promote core functional capabilities.
Ascend Autism has the programs and expertise to improve behaviors and outcomes for children of all ages from 2 to 20+ years old. We offer an array of services for treating autism spectrum disorder and have committed ourselves to help children and families succeed. Below is a sample of the services we offer:
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