Being a parent is a full-time job, without the proper support it can be overwhelming for both parent and child. This is especially true when you are the parent of a child with autism. It means looking for supportive resources for both yourself and your child to make their lives as enriching and happy as possible while allowing you to manage all the responsibilities that come with raising a family.
Thankfully, there are a lot more resources available to families in need of autism support. Below are three things you can look for to get you started.
- Parent and Caretaker Training
At some point, all parents wish their children came with a handbook. The truth is, every child is different, and there is no instruction manual that is going to get it right 100% of the time. This is also true when it comes to parenting a child with autism. That said, learning more about ASD, including techniques and methods for behavior intervention, positive reinforcement, and child development can make things a lot easier for both you and your child. This kind of training can also help you navigate the world of ABA therapy for autism, improve your communication with your child’s teachers and therapists, and help you understand IEPs and other goal setting documents. This type of training can be done one-on-one or in a group setting with other parents and caretakers.
- ABA Therapy
ABA therapy is a widely used resource for individuals with many different types of behavioral and developmental disorders. ABA therapy for autism uses positive reinforcement and behavior intervention to support socially significant behaviors, reduce interfering behaviors, and increase independence and autonomy. One of the best things about ABA therapy for autism is the tailored approach to each individual. My meeting with a therapist at an ABA therapy clinic, you and your child can create goals and objectives that best support your child’s current developmental stage. In addition to regular sessions at an ABA therapy clinic, your child can also incorporate ABA therapy into their home, school and social life.
- Social Skills Group
Like learning any other skill, social skills get better with practice. Because social interactions are so complex, many individuals with autism can benefit from practicing these skills and learning how best to interact with others in a more formal space. A social skills group allows your children to interact with their peers in a safe space intended for learning and growth. These groups are available for individuals of any age, so your child can interact with other children, make friends, and learn how to communicate, problem solve, switch activities, share and play without the risk of ‘getting it wrong’. These types of groups are also a great place for parents to interact, share their struggles with one another, get advice and schedule play dates for their children. In this way, a social skills group makes it possible for your children (and your parent network) to grow beyond the group and become a regular part of your routine.
Source : Autism Sensory Integration San Jose