Tips for Parents who have Children with Autism

If you’re raising a child with autism for the first time, it may feel like an overwhelming experience. Of course, you want what’s best for your child, and here we will go over several key pieces of information that other families similar to yours have found helpful.

Have A Set Schedule
For children with autism it is important to have a structured schedule that will give them a regular routine to be comfortable with. Children with autism need consistency in their life and this is a great way to provide it. Whether it is eating meals at the same time every day, going to therapy sessions at set intervals or going to bed at the same time each night, doing things in the same manner will give them a sense of calm and allow their days to be completed incident-free.
It is important to keep disruptions to the routine at a minimum, but as there are obviously unexpected things that come up, you should make sure to warn your child when the routine needs to be broken.

Reward Them for Good Behavior
We suggest positive reinforcement as an effective way to show your child they are acting appropriately or have learned a new, important skill. It is suggested to be very specific about the good thing they have done so they will ultimately look to repeat the behavior in the future. Rewarding your child with a toy or favorite food may be a good way to have the behavior stick in their memory.

Let Them Have Fun
After all, they are still children. They want to play, laugh and have a good time just like any other kid. Although they need to be treated differently in certain ways, it is important that you find ways to have fun with your child and have them come out of their shell a bit.
It is suggested that these fun moments don’t appear to be a part of therapy or a learning moment. Just spending quality time with your child can do wonders, but when you let them play it will help them tremendously.

Rely on Our Autism Treatment Center

At The SEED Center, we aim to provide comprehensive child autism services and therapies to those living in the Greenwich, Norwalk, New Canaan, Wilton, and Westport, CT areas. Our team offers a variety of training and educational opportunities for individuals and their families. These services focus on Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA therapy, where the child will be evaluated for our team to understand where they are currently functioning. Areas of evaluation include communication, social, academic, self-help skills, and more.

Our autism treatment center offers center and in-home based services which allow children with autism to generalize their behaviors and learn more effectively. We also provide parents and guardians with support to help them gain valuable skills so they can become an integral part of services.

If you are interested in learning more about the ABA therapy services that we offer or if you have additional questions regarding our child autism services, please feel free to reach out to one of the staff members at The SEED Center today!