Educating a child with autism is not an easy task. It is necessary to be well informed about the disorder and to have tools that allow us to get closer to the inner world of the child to gain their trust and be able to help them. Unfortunately, there are no foolproof strategies for raising a child with autism, as what may work for one child may be counterproductive for another. That is why it is important for each family to create their own educational guidelines, taking into account the degree of severity of the disorder, as well as the areas most affected and the level of development that the child has reached.
Make An Educational Plan
The education of a child is not something that can be improvised, even less when it comes to a child diagnosed with autism since it requires special attention. If you educate him based on a trial and error strategy, you will likely end up generating more confusion and frustration, so it is essential that you seek information about the disorder and delve into your child’s needs. In collaboration with the psychologist or psychopedagogue, you can design a flexible education plan that adapts to the needs of your little one at each stage of their development.
Watch Your Diet
There is no specific diet that can cure autism, but some research has indicated that a diet free of gluten and casein, found in foods made from wheat flour and in milk and its derivatives, can improve symptoms.
Play With Him
Play is one of the most stimulating activities for a child and, especially, a child with autism. It is an excellent strategy to help you develop your psychomotor and communication skills, stimulate language, and foster a climate of well-being at home. In addition, playing with the child will help strengthen your emotional bond. There are many games with which you can entertain your child and at the same time stimulate language and communication, it is only a matter of finding those games that he likes the most.
Teach him to develop routines
Routines are very important for the child with autism as they stimulate self-confidence, make him feel more comfortable in his environment, while facilitating the learning of certain habits and social behaviors. At first you can start with simple habits such as washing your hands before eating or brushing your teeth before going to bed, and later move on to more complex routines such as picking up your toys after playing or setting the table.
Motivate him constantly
One of the hardest things for a child with autism is getting involved in new tasks or plans that get out of their usual routine. However, having new goals and doing different activities not only help you open up to the world and improve communication, but also allow you to learn more about the environment around you. That is why it is important that you continually motivate the little one to do new things: practice sports, enroll them in a workshop on a subject that they are passionate about or simply plan something that is out of their daily lives, such as going for a walk to a different playground.