To teach and develop self-control for your child with autism, you as parent(s), caregiver(s), must be ready to use different techniques and strategies, depending on the age of your child, and the amount of understanding, and independence your child requires. The more independence your child has, it will require you to teach and develop stronger self-control methods for your child who has the disorder of autism.
The best time to teach and develop self-control in your child, is at an early age. Although there are various degrees, and levels of autism, you need to create a trusting relationship with your child, so he or she, will understand how to develop self-control that you are trying to teach.
Most individuals with autism, do not understand the end result of consequences for their behavior. They usually focus on their own needs. Your job, is to teach your child about self-control. This may be a challenge to do for your child, for the fact, that your child many not understand language, vocabulary, what it means in the relationship, of what you are trying to teach.
The first word that may be an excellent word to teach is, the word "no". By teaching this word, and using it when it is appropriate, your child will start to learn self-control and develop a better understanding of what it means, when it is used.
Teaching toddlers self-control, could be another challenge. Toddlers start to walk, talk, and are curious. They seem to understand what you are saying, but they do not know how to have self-control for their actions.
Most preschoolers start to understand and become aware of the rules, and may start to show self-control to these rules. Again, this depends on the level of the autism and the age.
To teach self-control, it should be developed in a young age for your child, who has the disorder of autism, you must explain the rules and that you expect them to be honored, because they are important for your child, as well as you. These rules should be simple to understand and fair.
Some children might require you to ignore some of their behavior, so they will develop self-control. For example, you do not want to turn your child to gain self-control into an event. For instance, repeatedly telling your child to stop what they are doing because it is, not good behavior over and over again. Your child may be using this behavior to get attention. Explain to your child in the language they understand or that makes sense to him or her, about the actions of their self-control, is not acceptable.
Another excellent way for your child to have self-control, is to have positive reinforcement or encouragement. By giving rewards, it tells your child he or she, is doing a good job and you want to commend them for it. Remember, rewards are something to consider for the age of the child and the level of autism. Sometimes for a reward, a big hug, verbal praise, a trip to the zoo, getting an ice cream cone, a new toy, a special movie, a new book that your child wants, or some sporting equipment, etc., is an excellent reward.
It is a good idea, for both parent(s), caregiver(s) to be in agreement with the rules that are given for your child to learn self-control. It is wise to be positive, help your child to understand, do not dictate, but try to reason out the issue, and negotiate, to have a balance present.
I believe, the most important thing for your child, to learn how to develop and learn self-control, is being patient, showing love, understanding and you as parent(s) or caregiver(s) being a positive role model for your child with autism.
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