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Ways To Support Families Dealing With Autism (Part 5 of 5)

15. Don’t force any type of unwanted affection, no matter how harmless it may seem to you. If the child is doing a disruptive behavior try redirecting their intention instead of focusing on the negative action to reduce stress on the chair and further outbursts. Never try to suppress or stop hand flapping, rocking, humming, or other similar behaviors. The children often use these actions in order to calm themselves and make them feel safe and should not be interfered with by anyone other than a parent or trained person. Pay attention to the child’s mannerisms. They will help you to gauge how the child is responding to the current situation and give you signs of when you should try to redirect their attention before an upset occurs.

16. Remember to keep doors closed and a very close eye on special needs children when they are outside. Some autistic children are prone to wandering off and could easily get lost, abducted, or injured.

17. Never be judgmental. Parents of special needs children are often exhausted and still doing the best they can to provide their children with the added care and understanding they need. Telling them about parenting techniques that you use with your children is not as helpful as you might want to believe. What type and combination of rewards and discipline works differs from child to child, especially when they are autistic or have other neurological problems.

You might be surprised to find how little effort goes into being there to lend a helping hand to a family that could use it from time to time. You’ll also more than likely find that the effort and time it does take, is paid for many times over by the rewarding feelings and relationships you will gain in the process.

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Ways To Support Families Dealing With Autism (Part 4 of 5)

9. Never try to give advice on what they “should” or “should not” do as far as their child is concerned. Parents will almost always know what is best for their child and will almost always be getting decision making assistance from trained therapists and other specialists, regardless of how well intended your attempts may be.

10. When you would like to get together with the family, do it at their home. The child will likely be safer, more comfortable, and if a problem does arise, they will be in a better place to deal with it or end the visit without further complications.

11. If you have extra prepared food, consider dropping off a few portions to save the family some extra effort for an evening. Or simply bring by a batch of cookies when the fancy strikes you, just to brighten up their day.

12. Never try to force an autistic child to do something, go somewhere, or eat something that they are unwilling to do. Many autistic children have a difficult time with some particular places, noises, and/or textures.

13. Try to remember to stay calm around the child at all times. If you would like to give or purchase a gifts for the child, choose more soothing, quieter items rather than noisy toys. Many autistic children are sensitive to sound volume, echoes, and unexpected noises.

14. If you have children, talk with them about what makes the child similar to them, as well as different. Make sure you are giving them factual information and help them to understand ways to interact positively with the child. The child may not like to be touched but may enjoy watching movies with your children very much.

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Ways To Support Families Dealing With Autism (Part 3 of 5)

2. When you are out buying groceries and other household necessities or getting ready to take clothes to the dry cleaners, make a quite call to the family you are trying to assist and ask if they need anything while you’re out. This is especially valuable when the child is preschool aged and home all day because many autistic children have a difficult time dealing with the routine changes, noise, and the general overstimulation associated with shopping and running other errands.

3. Give the parents peace of mind by telling them that they are welcome to use you as their emergency contact in case of accidents or illness. This is especially important to single parents.

4. When possible, offer to help out with lawn work. Some autistic need constant supervision, especially when outdoors, making it very difficult for a parent to find the time to work on the outside of their home while their child is relying on their care.

5. If the family is a neighbor of yours, offer to help out when it’s time to bring groceries in from the car or play with the child until the parent is finished.

6. Help them find ways to become connected with local resources that will assist them in finding the help and support they need.

7. Be a good listener. Sometimes parents just need someone they can trust to talk about the emotions and thoughts that they are coping with or a light break from the sometimes hard to deal with realities of daily life. It’s important that they are allowed the opportunity to still retain a life and identity outside of their role as caretaker.

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Ways To Support Families Dealing With Autism (Part 2 of 5)

Having a child is hard work. Having a child with a mental or physical disability, especially one as poorly understood as autism, is extremely tiring and very emotionally taxing. Many parents of disabled children find that friends and family members have a difficult time relating to their situation and to their children and often stop visiting or even contacting the family. This can lead to a terrible feeling of isolation at a time when family and friendships are most needed.

Children with autism are often not recognized as being disabled by those around them because there are no visible signs of the disorder. This causes their atypical and often unruly behavior to be seen as a behavioral or parenting problem as opposed to the neurological abnormality that it is. This article is an attempt to help non-affected individuals and families understand ways to make a difference to men and women trying to successfully raise a child or children with autism or other special needs. Many of these suggestions are almost effortless and require a very small amount of your time, yet they can mean the world to a family with a special needs child. My brother is autistic so it is geared more to children with autism although it can serve as a starting point for helping families facing many types of challenges.

1. Children with autism tend to function on quite a bit less sleep than “normal” children. This leads to parents of these children getting less sleep themselves. Stop over when you have an hour to spare so that one or both of the caretakers can have a chance to nap, take a relaxing bath, watch television uninterrupted, read a book, or simple unwind for an little while. This will allow them to recharge their heavily taxed internal batteries.

To be continued!

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Ways To Support Families Dealing With Autism (Part 1 of 5)

With autism now occurring in approximately 1 out of every 150 births, it is extremely important for awareness of the disorder to be raised in all individuals, whether their family is currently affected or not. That statistic becomes even more frightening when you realize that about half of every 150 births are girls, who’s risk of exhibiting signs of autism is only 25% of that of there male counterparts. This means that the rate of autism for boys born today is about 1 in 80. These rates are in comparison to 1 out 10,000 births in 1983.

Autism is a brain development disorder that manifests itself in varying degrees of impaired social interaction and communication, and through repetitive and obsessive behaviors. These signs become noticeable in affected children before the age of three. There are also related conditions producing similar symptoms and behavior patterns that all fall under the umbrella of autism spectrum disorders, know as ASD.

Autism is considered to be fundamentally a genetic disorder passed through blood lines. However, the genetics of autism are highly complex and it is still unknown whether ASD is caused by mutations or by interactions of several or many genes. In some cases, autism has been connected with mutagenic chemicals including, but not limited to mercury.

Some parents and medical specialists believe that some childhood vaccines are to blame for the apparent rise in autism rates. This has not yet been supported by enough convincing scientific evidence to provide a legal basis for these claims. That having been said, a recent independent report gathered by SurveyUS, funded by Generation Rescue (Jenny McCarthy’s non-profit autism organization), found that there was a 155% higher instance of autism and ADHD (another neurological development disorder) in vaccinated children than those than were not vaccinated.

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