To gain control of certain behaviors and strong feelings, with your child who has autism, he or she must learn how to identify them, when they are demonstrated in your individual. Your child may have a difficult time identifying his or her feelings in relationship to their behavior.
What you can do as parent(s), or caregiver(s), is first try to talk to your child about their feelings and how they interact and affect their behavior. When you talk to your child, you will get a better understanding of how your child is feeling, or what your child feels.
You can identify strong feelings if your child does not know how to evaluate them or understand them by looking for body language or cues. For instance,
*Your child may be having strong feelings and create a smile or laughing for being happy, or there could also be strong feelings that show jumping up and down. In addition, if your child shows strong cues in being relaxed, this is also a sign of being happy or content.
*There is body language that shows strong feelings of being sad. These feelings can be illustrated by a cry, a heavy sad frown, arms that are crossed, walking slowly with head down.
*Angry expressions for strong feelings, can be displayed by a frown, a red face, raising arms or hands that are ready to throw an object, hit someone, or something.
*There are strong feelings that show being scared. Your child might show body language where he or she might be shocked, and stand still, open his or her eyes wide, and sometimes stands or sits frozen and is real still and quiet.
By talking to your child about strong feelings, that they may have and encouraging he or she, to think about what happened, this does help them get a better perspective and relate to the problem.
Another good point to remember is, tell your child to think about how his or her body feels with these strong feelings, such as happy, sad, anger, and scared. Let your child know that strong feelings are normal, and they need to be identified by recognizing them, and understanding what they are, and what they can do.
It is wise to encourage your child to express their strong feelings, by talking about them at the present time, when you see or feel certain body language. For example, if you see your child cry, laugh, show angry feelings, or fearful feelings, at that moment or particular time, have your child express it or explain those feelings verbally, if he or she can.
Be patient with your child with the disorder of autism, so the individual feels comfortable expressing their feelings that are strong. This helps your child and you to understand them.
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