Autism occurs due to a genetic disorder. This genetic disorder leads to a change in the perception of the world in the mind of the person. Hence, this different perception leads to a change in behavior. In this article, we will be referring to this behavior as “autistic behavior”.
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That is why, we at School For Autism Blog bring you an article which can help you control autistic behavior. This will not only help you guide your child through a situation, but it will also help them feel relaxed and at rest.
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Tip 1: Give your child time before a new situation
One of the reasons a child exhibits autistic behavior is because they enter a situation that is new to them. A person with autism is not able to comprehend this change in the external environment – no matter how big or small. Hence, they react.
One way by which this reaction can be controlled is by giving them a heads up that the external environment is about to change. This heads up can be given to them at an interval that is comfortable for them.
For example, suppose you are taking your child out for a walk. Give him or her a 5 minute heads up that you will be leaving the house to go to the park. With time, you will see that the child no longer gives adverse reactions due to being in a new environment.
This calmness is not because they get used to the environment of the park. In fact, it is because this time interval becomes a habit, which is something that is calming for a person with autism.
Tip 2: First/Then Scenarios
Like any other child, an autistic child has likes and dislikes, and different ways to express them. Although the basic reason behind the tantrum is the same, how children with autism express this feeling is different from other kids.
One way to control these tantrums are to give the children “First/Then” scenarios. This scenario can be given verbally, or in the form of images. The form of communication depends upon your child.
For verbal communication, you may say –
- “First finish your food, then you can play.”
- “First we will go to the barber shop, then you will get ice cream.”
- “First we will go to the doctor, then you can watch your favorite cartoon on TV.”
The list can go on.
For visual communication, here is what Autism Speaks recommends:
This verbal and visual communication helps calm the autistic behavior within the child. This is because this technique allows you to communicate that the voice of the child has been heard, taken into consideration, and is being acted upon.
Tip 3: Rewarding and Complimenting Positive Behavior
An autistic child goes through a lot emotionally. This is because everything around them is being magnified in their brain due to their sensory organs. On top of this, they are not able to express their feeling with others, because they are not able to find a medium for communication. Also, around them, people often pick on them and scold them for their autistic behavior without realising that the child has not control over it.
By complimenting or rewarding positive behavior, you are actually positively contributing towards the child’s self esteem. For once, they start to feel that they are appreciated for doing something. The positive boost from a compliment or reward is a part of human nature.
Tip 4: Focus on the positives
Autistic behavior often leads to a child being told what NOT to do. Imagine what listening to “no” over and over again makes you feel. Now, due to autistic behavior the amount of times a child has to hear about what not to do increases. This, in return leads to a negative impact on the child, which could lead to more tantrums.
Instead of telling an autistic child what not to do, tell them what they can do. Simply by changing the way you communicate with an autistic person can help them channelise their energy. After all, no one – autistic or not – does not want to keep hearing about things they are not allowed to do. What say?
Tip 5: Remain Calm While Dealing With Autistic Behavior
This tip is solely for you. Stay calm while you are dealing with autistic behavior. We’ll tell you why.
We understand that dealing with a person with autism can be overwhelming, exhausting, and frustrating. While you are trying your best to help your child, this frustration can be sensed by the child. They may not be able to show it, but they can tell.
Now, imagine being around someone who is sending negative vibes throughout the day – verbally or through their attitude. This attitude will probably repel you away from that person. Now, this is not something you or your child want. That is why we recommend you keep a positive attitude while dealing with autistic behavior.
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