20 Helpful Tips For Raising Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorder

“Autistic children can learn anything and do anything with practice and patience. Don’t give up on them.”

Oh, a quick note: Autism spectrum disorder will mean something different for each kid, parent, and family. And not all of these tips will be useful for everyone, so take whatever you think is useful and leave the rest.

Be an advocate for your child.

Be an advocate for your child.

Fight for your child, because often times no one else will. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you feel something is right/wrong.”

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Add structure to your routine by timing specific activities.

Add structure to your routine by timing specific activities.

“My now-teenage child was given a diagnosis for PDDNOS (pervasive developmental delay, not otherwise specified) at 3 years old, which means that there are many identified symptoms but not enough or at a severity to give an Asperger’s diagnosis.

The one thing that seems to have been the biggest help is having a timed structure to every activity, whether it’s how long you expect it to take or a boundary you’ve set based on your child’s limits. So not just saying, ‘We’re going to Sara’s party,’ but instead, ‘We’re going to a birthday party for one hour, OK?’ You can even give them a specific time, like from 1:30 to 2:30. Or, if you’re going grocery shopping and it takes 45 minutes, say so, and stick to it as much as possible.

Also saying how much time is remaining is immensely helpful with meltdowns related to change. Knowing there’s five minutes left to play gives time to wind down the play, so that you didn’t have to stop abruptly in the middle of it.”

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But also remember to be flexible when something unexpected comes up.

But also remember to be flexible when something unexpected comes up.

“It’s a delicate balance between following the routine and staying flexible. What I’ve learned the most is to follow their lead. Sometimes we have a ton of errands to run but they’re just not having a good day, so we don’t do it. Allowing them to be able to say when they can’t handle something and respecting that makes all the difference in the world.

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