Are You Ready to Teach Your Autistic Child?

Your child has autism. You know you must obtain knowledge about the disorder, before you are able to teach your child who is autistic. It can be a challenge for you as parent(s), caregiver(s), who want to teach your child new knowledge or skills. You must have the desire to learn all you can about your child and the disorder of autism, before you are ready to teach your child.

Remember, your child who has the disorder of autism, is a separate individual from other children, who have been diagnosed with the same disorder. In addition, your child is also unique and has his or her own personality, which is separate from other children in your family. Therefore, the teaching methods might be different.

I believe the best way to teach your child, is to get to know your child, understand your child. Find out what the needs of your child are. The likes and dislikes, and the various levels of autism your child has, and his or her capabilities.

The more you understand your child, the more you will be able to teach your child what he or she wants, and needs. The needs of your child must be suited to his or her surroundings. It must not be confusing or chaotic. This will reduce stress. Your child will do better in an organized atmosphere for teaching. By selecting this kind of surrounding, there will be unwanted stress, and distractions, plus more positive focus. By taking this step, it will help teaching and enable your child to be open and learn new challenges.

You may want to have one room in your home that is exclusively for your child who has autism. This room is his or her own private area for learning. The room could be decorated to suit your child with his or her favorite games, or play items. The walls could be decorated or painted with the colors or patterns your child feels comfortable with and likes.

I have experienced from teaching my brother with his disorder, most children with autism do not like changes or sudden surprises. They like their routine to be the same. For example: Do not turn the music up to a loud volume suddenly, turn lights on that are bright or blinking, moving furniture that your child is fond of, or take some item that is a favorite or special to him or her, without explaining what you intend to do, in a loving way.

Keep everything as predictable as possible to reduce stress, tantrums or other behavior outbursts. Your child should know where all of his or her objects are. These items could include, the same pencil, puzzle, paper, computer, special ball, the same stuffed animal or a toy, to provide your child with the same given routine as much as possible.

Your child may appear not to be listening to you, even though you are looking at him or her with direct eye contact. Many children are threatened by eye contact and they tend to avoid it even if they know you, and feel comfortable with you.

It is wise to remember that your child may have repetitive actions, but that is not necessarily an indication of boredom when you are trying to teach him or her. Sometimes, this may occur because your child is excited, and you may need to keep him or her calm when you are teaching them. Your child has autism, but through my experience, it does not mean you have to walk on egg shells of fear to help teach your child.

Are you willing to take the steps to find out what interests, or dislikes your child has? Will you have the patience to teach your child, who has autism? Do you understand the various levels of autism that your child may be experiencing, for teaching him or her?

There are many questions and answers to consider before you decide to teach your child who is autistic.

Bonita Darula operates an informatioal web sight==> http://www.autismintoawareness.com where you SIGN up and RECEIVE your FREE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER with updated topics that are imperative for your Autistic child and you. She also offers an e-book titled, "Discover the Secret Truth About Autsm Causes, Symptoms and Treatments." Check it out.

This article was published on 08 Dec 2010 and has been viewed 273 times
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