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7 Tips on Parenting a Child with Autism

7 Tips on Parenting a Child with Autism

Raising a child with autism spectrum disorder is challenging, mainly because they have a different way of communicating, learning, and behaving. When you feel stressed and overwhelmed, keep the following thoughts and practices in mind. They will help you in your journey of parenting a child with autism.

Remember that there are reasons for your stress

Feeling stressed from time to time doesn’t mean that you’re a “bad parent.” In most cases, your stress comes from a place of love, like your desire to discipline them, help them build a positive image, and give them a good education.

When things become too much, practice self-talk and positive thinking. These two provide positive feelings that help you manage stress better.

Educate your relatives and family friends

Do you feel like nobody understands how parenting a child with autism feels like? If that’s the case, why not try to educate your relatives and family friends?

The information you give them doesn’t have to be extensive. For starters, focus on what autism spectrum disorder is, then follow up with how it affects your child. What comments and activities are helpful? What seems to aggravate your little one’s behavior?

The more they know about your child’s condition, the better they can support you.

Organization is key

According to experts, a common reason why parents experience stress and frustration is that they feel like they’re losing control.

To get things back on track, be as organized as possible. Prepare a list of things to do within the week or day and rank them by priority. Also, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from your friends and family.

One interesting strategy to get things done is to incorporate a family routine in your tasks. For instance, assign chores to your family members, including your child with ASD. Have them hang the clothes, set the table, wash the plates, water the plants, or vacuum the floor.

Carefully plan your family activities

Parenting a child with autism might mean you need to modify family activities to cater to your little one’s needs; however, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun!

To enjoy family activities, carefully plan the details.

Let’s say your child ASD doesn’t like being in the car for long. Why not pick a place close to home? If they love water activities but get agitated in crowded places, consider resorts where you need to book your appointment.

Make it a habit to practice relaxation techniques

They don’t seem much, but relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing and meditation, are highly recommended by experts.

When you need to regroup or collect your thoughts, practice breathing exercises or other strategies like mindfulness walking and listening to music.

Finally, each day, set time for yourself to do relaxing activities, such as yoga or journaling.

Listen and learn from the stories of other parents

Parenting a child with autism may sometimes make you feel alone. Keep in mind that it’s not the case.

Consider watching videos of moms and dads who are currently raising a child with ASD. Likewise, join online support groups where you can get childrearing tips and feel connected with other parents.

Building your network also provides you with opportunities to receive support from organizations that focus on autism.

Work closely with your child’s doctor

And finally, be in constant communication with your child’s doctor.

Following their recommendations help your child hit their developmental milestones, which significantly improves their skills and behavior.

Under the guidance and supervision of an expert, you’ll never second guess your next steps in handling your child’s symptoms. They can also provide more tips on parenting a child with autism.

Key Takeaways

Parenting a child with autism may be challenging, but with support from your loved ones and the guidance of an expert, you’ll be able to manage your day-to-day activities well.

Learn more about Child Health and Behavioral and Developmental Disorders here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html
Accessed May 26, 2021

Stress and stress management in families with autistic children
https://raisingchildren.net.au/autism/communicating-relationships/family-relationships/family-stress-asd
Accessed May 26, 2021

Extended family and friends: supporting families with autistic children
https://raisingchildren.net.au/autism/communicating-relationships/family-relationships/family-friends-asd
Accessed May 26, 2021

Help for families of autistic people
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/autism/autism-and-everyday-life/help-for-families/
Accessed May 26, 2021

Parenting Stress in Mothers of Children With Autism Without Intellectual Disability. Mediation of Behavioral Problems and Coping Strategies
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6418028/
Accessed May 26, 2021

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Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. on a week ago
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