Being a parent to a child with autism is a job that never ends and has a lot of surprises every day. A child with autism has more significant needs than most children without autism. Here are some autism pareting tips that might help us in raising children with autism.
As a parent, we are always observant to the needs of our kids. Once something feels out of place, we always consult a pediatrician if everything is all right. After arriving, the pediatrician asks the parents many questions to gather the information that sometimes feels irrelevant to the parent. After answering all the pediatrician’s questions, he responds to you by telling your child has autism. This news is devastating to any parent since autism has no cure. Your dreams for your child have all gone down the drain at this discovery.
The diagnosis hits you hard, and the reality sets in. This kind of news breaks the hearts of parents, and tears roll down your faces. For many parents, this is the most problematic stage to go through, and if they are overcome, parents will be able to go on the next part of the journey, which is acceptance. At this stage, it is normal for parents to undergo counseling. Their dreams of providing a great future for their children is now long and gone.
Parents accept their children with autism by treating them as a unique individual and embrace that their condition is part of their uniqueness. The reality is that autism cannot be hidden even to anyone not interested. Getting the diagnosis is just harder for parents because slowly, parents realize the distinct characteristics of autism described by the pediatrician. Speech delays, tantrums, and obsessive behaviors suddenly become more evident.
As a parent of a child with autism, we should not rush into acceptance. We should try to understand how some adults with autism coped from childhood through adulthood. Embracing autism is the most difficult phase, but also the most satisfying. You get to see the gifts your child was created with and see its beauty and uniqueness.
The Season of Intervention
The interventions a parent must do are Speech Therapy, Behavior Modification, and Occupational Therapy. Most therapists have a good idea about what a child with autism needs. The only issue is that each child is individually different, and because of this, therapists adjust their therapy based on what the child needs.
As parents, we should do our research and find out what specific interventions are necessary for your child. Videos online are educational and informative on the different types of intervention. And as part of parenting, parents should do their part in learning a thing or two about interventions so that they are not heavily dependent on therapists. On a final note, interventions should be approached cautiously to avoid doing more harm than good.
Parenting a child with autism can be a difficult journey, but it is a worthwhile manageable journey. We will learn to appreciate our children more and will surely help in developing your patience and parenting skills.
Happy and Healthy Parenting
Parenting is all about raising children, but there is a better version of this: happy and healthy parenting. Happy and healthy parenting pertains to good parenting, raising happy and healthy children. Parents to children with autism might be challenging, but it is our responsibility to be good parents to our children with or without autism.