Parenting Tips for Parents With Children Diagnosed With ASD
by Neerja Anand
On 12 May, 2020
Some days while parenting can be a challenge which is why this list of parenting tips can be helpful in your time of need:
Have a support system! It is so important to use the resources that are available for assistance. As parents, we like to think that we can handle whatever comes our way, but remember that outside educational and support resources can be a winning solution when combined with parenting with autistic family members.
Adding onto a support system, talk to a supportive friend that knows or can deeply empathize. While parenting has a multitude of rewarding moments, it is not rainbows everyday – having that supportive person will help you manage even the hardest days. Go to your local parents’ support group!
Sleeplessness can be an issue for children with autism – we know that lack of sleep can take a toll on physical, mental, and emotional health for everyone. If you have not already, learn what type of practice works for your child. This may take a few months but trying meditation techniques, nightly stories, etc. can possibly help with the sleeplessness.
Family functions, dinner parties, etc. can be hard to navigate with an autistic child. They may need some distractions and small toys can be a great way to ensure that distress will decrease. This can include spinners or toys that can stretch.
Stay calm. Many factors can drain our daily energy and we can react but remember to let your unconditional love for your child takeover. A calm and loving household is vital to ensure happy and successful autistic adults!
Take a break! Do NOT feel guilty for feeling like you need air. Utilize your resources and support to take breaks as needed. Perhaps a close family member who understands your child can take over for an evening.