I researched on ways to support children with autism at home. At first, I never knew how parents would support their child with their condition. This relates to our readings because it also discusses ways to support autistic people in many different things like teaching, thinking, sometimes communication. Although, some people don’t know how to support autistic people, scientists have found that connection with your child, visual schedules, and visual learning helps them thrive in life.
Children with autism often find difficulty communicating verbally with other people. This makes it difficult for parents to communicate and truly connect with their child. Some scientists have found solutions to these dilemmas. The first step to truly connect with your child with autism, you need to learn about autism. On the website, helpguide.org, some scientists said that knowing more about procedures would help you learn more about your child. They wrote, “The more you know about autism spectrum disorder, the better equipped you’ll be to make informed decisions for your child. Educate yourself about the treatment options, ask questions, and participate in all treatment decisions.” (Smith, Melinda, et al). When you know more about autism and your child, you’ll be more ready to make decisions for your child’s procedures and support with doctors, psychologists etc… Also, find nonverbal ways to connect with your child (Henze, Alex). Look for nonverbal cues that your child makes in different emotions. Like when they’re hungry, tired, sad, mad, happy, etc… nonverbal cues can be sounds, facial expressions, grunts, hand movements (Smith, Melinda, et al). It definitely helps them to make a visual schedule or whatever schedule that fits them. You should also provide safety to your child. Not only physical safety but emotional safety where they can talk about anything and be supported. They will indefinitely trust you with themselves. You also shouldn’t take their behavior personal. Adding on to that, patience is very crucial to supporting them (Grandin, Temple). They have sensory problems that have them struggle with their behavior so if they act up, it isn’t really your fault (Henze, Alex).
Visual schedules can support autistic kids, especially if they think mostly think visually. Visual schedules can show the person how their day is going to go through pictures so their visual strengths can be put to work to practice putting that strength into their everyday life (iidc.indiana.edu). It tells the individual with autism what is going to happen throughout the day and the order of events it is going to happen in. Also, their flexibility with the day would make it so behavioral problems won’t be that much of the problems. It makes them adjust to new things to make them comfortable with new changes which will be greatly supportive in the future when they are adults. Their independence will be strengthened since someone won’t have to be telling them what the day will be like all the time.
You also might have difficulties teaching the autistic child. Like the previous paragraph, they need a scheduled day to support their visual skills to also further independence. That also supports learning. The first step to helping them is to understand what they’re going through. People autism will most likely go through sensory problems so loud noises can be very painful (Grandin, Temple). Also if they are having difficulties with behavior, be firm but gentle too (Grandin, Temple). Another tip is to not put pressure on neat handwriting. Neat handwriting is a challenge for autistic people. You should let them type on a computer instead to make the more calm and it would be easier for you too (Grandin, Temple). Most of the time, autistic children would have obsessions. Have them talk about these obsessions, it would have them gain trust in you. Then, apply their interest into their work. For example, if they like cooking, apply fractions and proportions into their lessons and all types of other subjects (Grandin, Temple).
Although, some people don’t know how to support autistic people, scientists have found ways to support autistic children at home and that is: connecting with your child, visual schedules, and visual learning helps them thrive in life. This research is important because it gives insight on how to support to autistic kids at home and learning. Now that I have done all this research, I think of autism as more of a condition, not a disability because their neuroscience is actually really advanced.
Davies, Catherine. Using visual Schedules: A Guide for Parents. Indiana Resource Center for Autism, 2008, https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/using-visual-schedules-a-guide-for-parents. 12 March, 2018.
Henze, Alex. 5 Steps to Connected with a Child who has Autism, Pensfield Children Center, 29 April 2018, http://penfieldbuildingblocks.org/2015/04/5-steps-connecting-child-autism/. 9 March, 2018.
Smith, Melinda; Jeanne Segal, et al. Helping Your Child with Autism Thrive. Helpguide.org, 2017, https://www.helpguide.org/articles/autism-learning-disabilities/helping-your-child-with-autism-thrive.htm, 8 March, 2018