4 Tips for Interacting with Autistic Children

Many parents feel there is nothing to do but wait for treatment when faced with their autistic children. Certainly, not many parents have ever met this problem before. This is the kind of situation that worries them most.

parenting with autistic children
parenting with autistic children

However, the truth is that they can by following some of the guidelines to interact with their children. With these suggestions, it is easier to open the hearts of a child and therefore make it easier for children under treatment.

So, as a parent with autistic children, what should you do first? Well, there are a few tips to be considered.

4 Tips for interacting with autistic children
4 Tips for interacting with autistic children

 

  • Tip 1: Find nonverbal ways to connect

 

Pay attention to the kinds of sounds they make, their facial expressions, and the gestures they use when they’re tired, hungry, or want something. Give care by staying beside them or satisfying their wishes. People feel upset when being ignored, and there’s no difference in autistic children. With this strategy, children will feel that you are the one who really cares about them. Gradually, they will open up their hearts, and find ways to connect with you.

 

  • Tip 2: Pay attention to your child’s sensation.

 

pay attention to children's sensation
a kid is playing a toy car

Many autistic children are sensitive to light, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Figure out what kinds of kind of sensations stimulates your children to a positive response or a negative one. And what does this type of sensation brings to the emotional change in your children. Do your children feel upset when seeing blue, or do they feel happy when smelling fragrance? Sensory toys are the best choice in helping your children develop sensory feelings, benefiting them in living in the world around them.

 

Label feelings as they occur
creating a bridge between your child and the real world

This has to be consistent and occur naturally. For example, when an autistic child is reaching for food in the refrigerator, it is a good timing to label the feeling. By saying ‘You are hungry’, the child will relate how they feel at the moment with the expression of feeling. Repeat this whenever you think that your children are experiencing a type of feeling (such as happy, sad, excited), please do not hesitate to label these feelings. When time goes by, children will have a better concept of understanding things in an emotional way, creating a bridge between them and the real world.

 

  • Tips 4: Never give up!

 

Never give up. In the eye of the autistic children, how you behave is really important to them. When your children see you feeling tired and desperate, they will feel nothing but abandoned. So, if you love your children, never express negative feelings in front of them, let them feel that they are worth for living and caring.

Melinda Smith, M.A., et al. 2017. Helping your child with autism thrive.

Eisenberg, B. 2015. 5 Ways to Encourage Communication with a Non-Verbal Child Diagnosed with Autism.

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