Taking care of an autistic kid

How parents can take care of autistic kids

When the world gives you lemons, learn to make lemonade from the same. While it would be no parent’s choice to get a disabled child, no one really chooses whether they get a special needs child or not. They just find themselves with one.

After having conversations with so many parents, I found out that there is that group of parents that have been ignored for so long; parents whose kids are on the autism spectrum disorder. What the disorder does is that it makes the kid to have poor social interaction, poor communication as well as doing one thing repetitively and being easily irritable by over-sensations.

Autistic kids are sensitive to too much light, have mind blindness and will get agitated when they are stopped from doing one thing that they love to do. While going through the community where I work in, we found a kid who would play rolling a coin for the whole day. You would have to actually call them out for meals. They did not appreciate playing with other kids and this would greatly hamper their learning and social interactions with others.

Use of play therapy

Sensory toys will help your autistic kids who crave attention. Whenever you see the kid fidgeting, say maybe flipping of the fingers, wave of the hands and constant glancing from one thing to the other, then it means that the kid is too stimulated. They will need to have something to soothe them. You can use sensory toys for that. Other than commercial toys, there are also homemade toys that the kid can use such as rainbow foam and telephone pool noodles.

Use of individualized learning programs

Learning for a kid with autism is not similar to that of a normal kid. You need to have an IEP which can be prepared by special needs teacher. The IEP addresses all the needs of the child, which parts of their learning needs to be intervened with and what can be left out.

Use of speech therapy

Speech therapy through use of toys can help kids with nonverbal autism. Speech therapists also use cards that denote different feelings that the learner is supposed to identify and try to act them out as well say what they think they mean.