Home Treatment Of Autism
When you have a child with autism, it is very important to take the initiative to learn as much as you can about the condition as well as various ways to treat it. You also need to work closely with those who are involved in caring for your child and take good care of yourself in order to be prepared to have all of the challenges that come with caring for a child who has autism.
Learn About Autism
Get in touch with autism groups or ask your doctor to find training on autism and methods on managing its symptoms. Family and parent education can help to improve your child's functioning abilities and reduce family stress. A critical component in helping your child achieve independence is understanding the condition of autism and knowing what you can expect from it.
Become informed about what educational rights your child has. Services for handicapped children are required by federal law, and that includes children with autism. There also might be local and state policies and laws to help children with autism. Determine what services might be available in your local area.
Learning all you can about autism also helps to prepare you even after your child has become an adult. Some adults who have autism are able to live on their own, work and are as independent as others that are their age. Other adults with autism need to have continued support.
Work Closely With Other People Caring For Your Child
Communicating closely with everyone who is involved in your child's care and education will help everyone. A structured, consistent program and team approach is the best form of treatment for children who have autism. Everyone who is involved needs to cooperate and set goals for the following:
- Identifying autism and managing its symptoms along with any conditions that are related.
- Behavior along with interacting with family and friends, communication and social skills, adjusting to different environments.
With closely with any health professionals who are involved in the care of your child. It is very important for them to be willing to work closely with you and genuinely listen to any concerns that you have.
Promote Healthy Development And Growth
Even preschool age children are able to benefit from fitness and exercise as much as adults can. This is also true of children who have autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), including autism. Physical activity not only promotes a healthy body and weight, it also provides your child with opportunities for building friendships with children, confidence and self-esteem. These social benefits for children who have ASDs can be especially important. Consult with your child's doctor to find out how to best work physical activities into your child's daily routine.
Children with ASDs might be particularly interested in computers, video games and other forms of screen-based media like television. If at all possible don't allow your child to keep computers, video games and televisions in his or her bedroom, since they can have a tendency to sleep less that way. That is especially true if video games are available to play in your child's bedroom. If he or she doesn't get proper sleep, her or his ASD symptoms might get worse.
Children who have autism frequently are picky eaters or it takes them a long time to become accustomed to new foods. For parents this can be frustrating. Often the reason for the picky eating isn't due to how tastes, but because of its texture or the way it feels. Children who have autism have a tendency to be quite sensitive to texture. You might want to try to prepare food in different ways, like blending a banana into a smoothie rather than having him or her eat it whole.
Take Good Care Of Yourself
Find ways to cope with the common range of concerns, fears and emotions that are associated with raising and caring for a child with autism. The long-term and daily challenges can place your other children and yourself at a greater risk for stress-related illnesses or depression. Other family members can be influenced by how you handle those types of issues.
Visit the Autism Society of America website at www.autism-society.org to learn more about what support groups are in your area.
Speak with your doctor about whether or not counseling might be help if you or another member of your family is having difficulties with handling the stress that is associated with having a member of the family who has autism.