Small Acts Communication is here for those new parents of autistic children with three useful tips to ensure them that they are doing a fantastic job. These tips come from, Autism Speaks, a website dedicated to share insights and information for parents of autistic children.
Pace Yourself-Be sure take time out of the day to unwind and focus on yourself.
Accept the fact that you are going to try stuff that is totally not going to work- Just because a certain type of therapy worked for someone else’s child, does not mean it will work for yours.
Take your child out everywhere- Having your child tag along on grocery trips or to the post office helps them gain coping skills which is beneficial as they get older.
In the end, the best tip of all is to keep your head up, know you’re not alone and that you’re doing great. Nobody’s child is perfect and nobody’s parents are perfect.
To learn more about autism get connected other parents who have autistic children, visit Opportunity Community Ability (OCA), a local Florida organization.
Rosie King Breaks Autism Stereotypes in Powerful TED Talk
London, UK (September 2014) –Rosie King of Yorkshire, England shared her inspiring story on what it is like living with autism at the September 2014 TEDMED. She shares similar experiences with her siblings who also are affected with autism.
One of the biggest issues King deals with on a day-to-day basis are stereotypes. King explains, “people often associate autism with liking maths and science and nothing else.” However, autistic people are incredibly creative human beings and use their imagination more than we think. Too much imagination can lead to difficult situations.
For example, while sitting in class, King sometimes finds herself bored during a discussion and loses herself in a world of her own. Although some consider this dangerous, King knows it makes her unique. Being different should be a praised, “instead of punishing anything that strays from normal, why not celebrate uniqueness and cheer every time someone unleashes their imagination?”