Though it can be hard at times (and let’s face it, when is it not hard parenting a teen) there are plenty of ways to best help a child on the autism spectrum, so long as you know where to start. Here are 10 meaningful ways you can help your child with autism succeed.
1. Pace Yourself
You are not going to learn everything there is to know about autism in one week, or even one year – and that’s okay. While getting familiarized with your child’s diagnosis is one of the best things you can do, you don’t have to become an expert overnight.
2. Use the Internet Wisely
The Internet is full of great information – like scholarly articles and support groups. But it is also filled with wrong or misleading facts, so make sure you are looking on accredited and reliable websites.
3. You Will Get a Lot of Advice
Sometimes you will ask for it and sometimes you won’t, but be prepared to get a lot of advice from friends and family. Remember that it is usually coming from a good place and they just want to see you and your family happy.
4. Get in Touch With Other Parents
Reach out to other parents of children with autism or Asperger’s. Share advice and support for one another. You can also introduce your teens.
5. Be Flexible
Not every article or tip you read online is going to work for your child. Just like for teens not on the A.S., there is no one perfect teaching method for everyone – so be willing to give different tactics a try.
6. Get Out of The House
One of the best way to acclimate a teen with autism is to introduce them to new environments. They’re teenagers so there will be times when they’d rather stay home, but encourage them to come out, meet new people and experience new things as often as possible.
7. Focus on the Positive
Just like everyone else, teenagers with autism usually respond best to positive reinforcement. When they do something well, make sure they know it. Praise is one of the best ways to make a person on the A.S. feel good about him/ herself, and it will likely make you feel good too.
Debra Solomon, founder of Spectrum Strategies, sees the strength and beauty in each and every individual with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. Debra is focused on training young adults on the Autism Spectrum to accomplish life and career goals, no matter how big or small. She believes that through determination and commitment, every client has the ability to live life to the fullest potential. Call (516) 822-3150 for your one-on-one and let’s get you reaching for the stars!