Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a complex, lifelong developmental disability, is characterized by persistent differences in communication, interpersonal relationships and social interactions. For new mothers and fathers of children living with autism, parenting presents many new and different challenges. To help your family enjoy a happy, healthy life, Advantage Care Health Centers has some practical tips to follow and online resources you can utilize on a daily basis.
The more you learn about autism spectrum disorder, the better equipped you will be to make informed decisions. Start by learning about the signs and symptoms, treatment options and participating in autism-related community events.
As you learn about what autism is, begin to pay attention to how it may be influencing your child’s behavior, including:
By understanding how your child reacts to outside influences, you will be better equipped to guide them through challenging situations.
Acceptance is a key piece of the autism puzzle. Instead of focusing on how your child is different, work towards accepting them for who they are. Begin by celebrating your child’s special quirks and small successes.
Although autism impacts children differently, many parents find it challenging to connect and communicate with their child.
If words aren’t working – that’s okay! There are endless non-verbal ways to connect with your child, including:
When communicating non-verbally, be mindful of your child’s sensory sensitivities. ASD can cause hypersensitivity to sound, light, touch, taste, and smell. Others may be under-sensitive to certain stimuli.
Everyone needs a spot to unwind, especially children with ASD.
Create a private nook in your home where your child can feel safe and secure. Fill it with items, like a favorite stuffed animal, that your child enjoys.
Be aware of colors and stimuli that could detract from the relaxing atmosphere. This safe zone in your home can become a place where your child can relax when feeling stressed or uncomfortable.
For many people living with autism, daily life can be challenging. However, there are many online resources that you can use to improve your quality of life.
If you’re on social media, try joining groups for parents and families living with autism. In these forums, you will be able to share tips and experiences with other like-minded individuals.
By expanding your circle, your family will be able to create a stronger support system.
Advantage Care Health Centers and the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities provide vital support and resources for those in our community who are living with autism. Join us at the 13th Annual Town of Oyster Bay Walk for Autism benefiting our Fay J. Lindner Center.
Saturday, September 18, 2021
John J. Burns Town Park Massapequa
4990 Merrick Rd
Massapequa Park, NY 11762
Registration: 10:00 a.m.
Walk Begins: 11:00 a.m.
Tailgate party to follow rain or shine!
Click here to register to join us on September 18!