Hugs will make a difference in an autistic person in a variety of ways. When one hugs an autistic individual, they respond by showing they are venturing outside themselves and yearning to connect with others. In addition, it may show that they are gradually learning to function better in society if they previously did not enjoy touch.
Many autistic children live in what appears to be their own world, cut off from everyone else, and they avoid physical contact from people, including their own families. This can be heartbreaking for any parent, sibling, or family member. One of the reasons for this, is the fact that autistic children are easily overwhelmed, by noise, commotion, crowds, and in this case, touching.
It is imperative, that a family understands not to force a child to hug or touch, as it is often over stimulating and it can be distasteful to a child. It is possible, to gradually help a child find comfort in hugging. This may be accomplished by trying to incorporate touch daily and increasing it. Some children can be on the opposite side of hugs, where they are seeking constant hugs, from family members or people at school.
There has been a development made recently, designed, for children who have autism, called a "hug machine." This device has been referred to, as a "hug box", "squeeze box", or "squeeze machine." This may sound extreme, odd, or out of the ordinary, but it is a device that was invented by a therapist, to help assist a person with autism, to calm their emotions by using physical touch. The "hug machine" usually has padded walls in the shape of a "v", where the child can feel safe receiving gentle pressure from the walls he or she operates it, by a remote control. This device relieves the anxiety the child has, and helps them to become more accustomed to physical contact. As individuals become more comfortable with understanding touch and stimulation, they will often respond, with positive and healthy physical touch, that includes the family and dear ones.
It is important to recognize that every child will react differently, as their expressions of needs may widely vary from child to child. Some children will do well with touch and incorporating it into their routines, others may react violently and remain unable to handle the overstimulation that hugging and touch provide. Show the child unwavering support for how they are feeling. Hugs do make a difference in relating to autistic people for the fact, they want to feel they are comforted and know they are secure.
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