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Tips for Parents of child with Autism/Special Needs

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(Adapted from autism advocate Temple Grandin’s suggestions)

Wean off the video games and other electronics, down to one hour per day. Replace the time spent on electronics with home and community activities.

Figure out what he/she enjoys and follow those interests: music or art activities, cooking, fitness programs, swimming, community programs etc. Heading outside for a walk or a bike ride – just getting out and exploring the world around them.

Find a way for them to be responsible, useful and contributing to the household, community or society. Begin at home; require that they help with dishes, laundry, getting ready for school,making bed, preparing snack box, watering plants, and any other tasks or chores. The goal: to take responsibility and learn a genuine work ethic starting at a young age.

Take them shopping for a small item – a pen or a loaf of bread. Teach them how to interact with the cashier and how to make change. Keep practicing these skills until they are mastered.

Try new things. They may say NO at first, but after months of suggesting and pairing the activity with some other fun reward, they will begin to enjoy the new activity.

There are groups who are kind and accepting of persons with Special needs in your community, find them. They are out there and are are willing to give a chance. Don’t give up, if one program does not work out, try another one. Get involved and provide the opportunity to your son/daughter to engage with them.

Play board games to help your child with turn taking and other social skills. Start slow and gradually build up. This is also a good way to help the child learn patience.

Try to discover if they have a focused area of interest – that early interest that could help him or her with a future job or career. Once you find that, nurture it. It doesn’t matter if it is music, animals, art, or computers – it very well could lead to a future skill, and with the right job training and encouragement ensure your teen or adult has a bright and employed future.

 

 

Comments

  1. Tina Thankachi says:

    Wonderful suggestions. I do agree , weaning of srceen time will make more time to get engaged in other activities. My child loves to play puzzles.

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