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Parenting a Child With Autism: 4 Helpful Tips

Raising children is both a beautiful privilege and an overwhelming responsibility bundled into one. A Princeton Study found that parents experience both more stress and more joy than people without children.

Parenting a child with autism increases the challenges daily. Do these added obstacles create more stress and less joy overall?

It doesn’t need to. Fortunately, you can try different approaches to make life happier for you and your little one.

Keep reading to learn four tips on how to help your family thrive. 

1. DIR Floortime

Dir floortime offers developmental, individual, and relationship-based intervention for children with developmental disabilities. It benefits kids with all types of autism, as it focuses on the child rather than requiring something from them.

During floortime, a parent or professional sits one on one with the child on the floor, as the name suggests. This offers a comfortable, wide-open space for them to safely play.

Offer several imaginative toys and games to play with. Some ideas include:

  • Lincoln Logs
  • Blocks
  • Playdough
  • Kinetic sand
  • Balls
  • A popup tent
  • Sensory toys
  • Little PeopleToy cars and trucks
  • Toy animals

Allow your little one to lead. Observe them playing alone to assess their current skills, interests, and deficits.

Then, join in to play with them. First, meet their level of play, then challenge them to level it up.

Focus on strengthening their deficits. This may include motor, language, social, emotional, or cognitive skills. 

Ask other adults to take over from time to time. Different ideas and approaches to play will enhance their learning.

2. Connect Creatively

Many children living with autism cannot connect with others the way neurotypical kids do. Whether they cannot speak, do not like physical contact, or find it difficult to focus, connecting with them may seem impossible.

But bonding benefits both of you in endless ways. Focus on ways your child does connect and use creative ways to enhance those moments.

For some, it may look like quietly playing with their favorite toys side by side. For others, this may include playing hand slap games with each other or allowing them to sit against you and rub the tag on your sweater.

3. Flow Over Force

If your child does not do well in specific situations, do not force them to comply. Instead, reframe what’s happening and go with their flow.

If your little one will not use utensils, offer finger foods. When they melt down in big crowds, grocery shop early in the morning before the crowd shuffles in.

Life still goes on when your child has autism. But you can change it up a little to still meet your responsibilities while making it a happier time for you and your child.

4. Find Support

Raising a child takes a village. Find support equipped to help you in productive ways.

Enroll your child in a school designed for kids with ASD to thrive rather than a public school that pushes them into a classroom with a wide range of deficits. Attend support groups and talk with other parents.

Ask close relatives to stay with your child, so you may get brief outings and keep your sanity. Leave a list of your child’s interests, skills, favorite activities, and dislikes so they can navigate the situation more easily.

Make Parenting a Child With Autism Special

Though parenting a child with autism can get overwhelming, it’s still full of precious moments. Make life with your youngster special by focusing on what you can create rather than the things you cannot have. Let your little one teach you a new spectrum to live on in ways you never imagined.

Playing games your child enjoys can help you two get closer. Learn about some popular choices on our gaming page!


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