Helping people is something that is taught to everyone from a small age. But, have you considered how to help someone with autism? Let’s throw more light on how to help and solve problem of autistic people. Most importantly, people gel up an get to talk by sharing their stories with others. But for that too, others need to lend hearing and patient ear to let them speak and open up.
First let’s talk how to help autistic children around us. The simplest thing one can do is to be with them, talk with them and be patient. Making them a part of our friend circle world the biggest step to motivate for them, to realise them that they are important. Circle of Friends encourages the development of a support network for a child in a structured setting, which can also extend to outside of this setting. Through a series of meeting they help the focus child to express his or her feelings and decrease anxiety levels. This can lead to improved social integration and higher levels of peer contact. Just being friendly an passing a smile whenever you meet them can also be very helpful. There are some things that can be taken care at school or college level.
Some children with autism respond well to drama and role play activities to help them learn social skills such as greetings, turn taking part in conversations and watching for cues in social skills groups. A Circle of Friends or buddy system can also help a child with autism understand the social world of the classroom and the playground. Many children with autism find it easier to understand the world about them through visual aids. Teachers in institutes may use a visual timetable showing times and simple drawings of the activities, so that the pupil knows exactly what they will be doing and when. Many schools use computer software packages to write out stories, descriptions and instructions in both words and symbols simultaneously. Other visual supports include written lists, objects and calendars to help children understand sequence and predict what is happening. Such things and steps can be very supportive for children who are at back in quick responding.
Parents play a very crucial role in developmental of their child if autistic. The day-to-day care of children with autism is especially stressful because of the lack of essential social interaction and communication between the child and adult. At the same time, parents are likely to have ongoing worries about the child’s prognosis and long-term well-being. For all reasons, parents need to find strong social support for themselves, as well as for their child. The social circle involves close relatives and cousins who can really be very interactive and motivating towards the child. Having them as the strongest support can stand out very helpful as what we learn at home is the most effective. Training family members about autism and how to effectively manage the symptoms has been shown to reduce family stress and improve the functioning of the child with autism.
In addition, plan outings with other families who have a child with autism. If not with them then at least try to go on a walk or somewhere with the child so that they can open up, not maybe immediately but gradually. What parents and friends can do for their child suffering with autism at basic level has the effect that no doctor can have with any of his treatment. Now what if the person has entered adulthood, cant then he be treated .?? Nothing like that. Anything can be cured at any level if put your all efforts properly. The road to adulthood mainly begins for many teens when they graduate. But for people with autism, leaving high school is a more monumental step, one that will transform their relationship to services and supports. Many students struggle to adjust to the challenges of college: dorms, independence, tough classes and a new social world. But for people with autism, the transition can be more dramatic. How should they prepare? Those people should take part in speaking activities and programmes like social learning, leisure learning and skills for daily living. These programmes are to help one cope in social situations, take part in leisure activities such as games, exercise, or going to the cinema or theatre with a group of people and to help one if he has problems carrying out daily activities, such as eating and washing. These are the basic level problems every person suffering from autism face.
Going for a proper diagnosis is also an option many people are adopting but going for it, one should definitely try the simple things by themselves and friends and parents should play a vital role in helping them to come over their fear or shyness or inability to express.
Hope this article aids to your help in coping up with the misery. Always stay positive and encouraging.
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