- Become part of communities or societies. These communities or societies will be of emotional support and provide advocacy for your child if and when required.
- Read as much as you can about autism. Don’t hunt for cures. Leave that to the researchers. Learn about positive things, and coping strategies. This will broaden your horizon and make you feel empowered to make the decisions that will benefit your child.
- Accept your child the way he/she is. Celebrate all their successes and enjoy their special behaviours and traits.
- Don’t hide the child, show him/her the world. Remember, you have to teach them coping skills. Begin with baby steps first. Go together on a trip to buy milk first. Another time, maybe it’s a trip to the pet store and the library. Children sense fear. So be relaxed. Plan everything, tell the child what to expect but stay calm and normal.
- Learn as much as you can about your child. Try to understand what triggers their bad behaviours and what brings out good behaviour. What makes them stressed and what makes them calm. All of this will help to make the bond with your child better.
- . Remember to make your home a safe place for your child so that they feel free and not judged for their actions and behaviours.
The Bottom Line: Be kind to yourself too. Find some me-time when your partner takes care of the child’s safety and fruitful engagement. Do yoga, read, watch TV, and eat some comfort food. Stop feeling guilty about enjoying happy moments. Fill in for your partner too. It’s a long journey ahead. Make some happy memories involving your child.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.