Do: Focus on one thing at a time. If you’re trying to correct or manage your child’s behavior, especially in public, it would be best to tackle things one by one so that the child does not feel overwhelmed.
Don’t: Overload your child with responsibilities. This can cause them to be overwhelmed, and act out.
Do: Make small changes when you can. If you have a predictable routine every day, stick to it. Change the routine if it affects your child negatively. But do so slowly, as not to further upset the child.
Don’t: What not to do with an autistic child? Don’t make drastic changes. Big, new things can overwhelm and upset your child, which can cause more unusual behavior.
Do: Try to get help when you can. Parents can’t know everything on their own and it’s advised to ask for help from professionals or friends who have personal experience. Consult your doctor as well on how you can deal with certain situations.
Don’t: Improvise. Improvisation is a good skill, but not here. Since autistic children tend to lean towards a routine better, introducing brand new things that are unusual to them is upsetting, and will ruin chances of communication even more.
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