Child With Autism

How Can We Help A Child With Autism At Home?

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.

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Eating Alone

How To Get A Child To Start Eating Alone

Children change and evolve by leaps and bounds, but as they get older, there are also aspects that they prefer not to advance because it is more comfortable for them to do it for them, such as eating themselves as adults. You may try all the foods for your child to eat and discover a whole world of flavors. Some of these flavors will be accepted by him and others will not.

If your child does not want to eat or he hardly likes anything, it is more than likely that you feel a certain desperation or desire to see your child eat properly and that at last, he can be well fed. You may get angry and yell at him when he does not eat well or when he leaves half the plate, but although that anger is the result of your concern about his diet, it is not the right way.

Parents are responsible for feeding their children, that is, what they eat at all times. So that the little ones do not feel that food is something imposed or that it is an unpleasant moment of the day, it is better that mealtime is taken care of so that children learn to enjoy this moment and that their relationship with food is the right one. Afterwards, it is a good option for the children to decide how much to eat without the parents having to interrupt.

Children are hardwired for survival, with one very limited exception, infants and toddlers will eat anything if allowed to arrive hungry enough. With this knowledge, it is necessary to make some decisions so that children learn to eat alone, which will work even for the most demanding child diner.

If You Don’t Like Something, Please Don’t Put A Substitution

There are parents who, if they realize that their children are not eating the foods on the table well, they run to make them their favorite food to watch them eat: this is not a good way. For a child to learn to eat, he can be told to eat what he liked best of the food on the table but that there will be no substitution. If you do not want to eat anything, before going to bed you can have a natural yogurt, but nothing else.

There will be days that you will eat more and days that you will eat less, but don’t worry about that. Your child will be well fed if there is enough food on the table.

Give It Control, Within Limits

Children like to feel in control of what happens around them, also with regard to their diet. Let them choose their own place to sit and give them a chance to feed themselves. It is complicated, he will probably play with food or even food will fall on the ground, but you will be surprised how in this way he will start to eat more food than perhaps he previously rejected.

This does not mean that you should give him full control. For example, if you have inappropriate behaviors with food or at the table, the food will be taken away from you for a few minutes the first time and the second (or third) you will not eat. But you do not have to do this without warning him, you have to let him know so that he has control to decide if he wants to have a good behavior or if he does not care if he does not eat.

If you have more children, these measures will also help prevent bad behavior from influencing others, since sometimes siblings can imitate negative behavior.

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