Autism Parents Guide
1:59 kids worldwide are being diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Parent often don’t know where to start to find the help and support that they need to help their child.
The internet is a big place with tons of resources, but sometimes we don’t even know what is available!
Autism Traits & Signs of Autism
Parent’s of kids with autism spectrum disorder may notice differences in their child’s behavior and social skills before anyone else.
- aversion to loud noises
- repetitive behaviors
- difficult time understanding nonverbal cues (body language)
- delayed speech
- lines up objects
- interested in a part of a toy, but not the toy itself ie. interested in the spinning wheels on a toy car, but not the car itself
- doesn’t play make-believe
- delayed language skills
- poor social communications such as taking turns in conversation, speaking in a monotone voice…
You need an effective way to connect with medical professionals, grab new skills of the shelf, and have emotional support when you’re having a hard time.
The important thing is just to take the first step and ask for help.
Family members can get scared of a special needs diagnosis.
Don’t be afraid!
A diagnosis opens doors to resources and takes away a lot of stress of parents “figuring it out” on their own.
Parents’ own health can be affected in so many different ways by waiting to get an early diagnosis.
Head to the front of the line instead of taking the long way around. Get an early childhood autism diagnosis to unlock free services and a helping hand!
Sensory Issues & Social Skills
One of the best ways to understand your child’s behavior in the early years is through communication skills.
Watch your child in small groups. Does he/she interact with other kids appropriately or stay in his/her own space unaware of other kids?
When your entire family is together, does your child have a difficult time making eye contact, or responding to his/her name?
A social network can lower stress levels and provides emotional support for parents of autistic children.
Make sure to connect with small groups of parents and support groups for a better understanding of how to get your whole family working well together.
Did you know there are special services, support groups and mental health treatment available for parents of autistic children? A lot of time these are free services for you.
Respite care is short term caregiving so that parents can get an emotional break. Respite can be an afternoon away or longer with overnight stays. Respite can also be in home or out of home depending on the best thing for the family.
Respite is an effective way for parents to take a break from much of the stress of daily caretaking.