November 19, 2023

Autism Parenting - What Not to Do With an Autistic Child

Autism is a complex and challenging condition. Even parents who have been parenting for a long time can make mistakes, especially when faced with new situations and unfamiliar behaviors. The following are some things that you should avoid doing with your autistic child.

Avoid yelling – Yelling is stressful for any child, but especially an autistic one. It can trigger sensory issues and may cause an outburst. It is also ineffective in solving the problem.

Don’t stop stimming – Stimming is a term that refers to the little habits that many people with autism develop to stimulate their senses and calm themselves. These may include flapping their hands, tapping their feet or repeating a word they have heard over and over again. Stopping a person from stimming will only increase their stress levels and could lead to a shutdown.

Beware of making assumptions about your child’s abilities – People with autism are all different and some have difficulty with social interaction. However, it is important to understand that just because your child has autism does not mean they can’t learn the same skills as other children their age.

Don’t get discouraged if your child has a meltdown or shutdown – It is very normal for children to react negatively to unexpected changes. Instead, work with a support team and stay focused on the goal of helping your child thrive in a safe environment. You should also remember that just because a person has autism does not mean they do not want friends.

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