This weeks Autism tips will be for those - Friends of Autism. Perhaps you do not have a child challenged with autism; but you know someone who goes through these challenges. Sometimes it is not easy to know what to do - or how to help those going through a difficult time that we ourselves have not experienced. These tips are for you - our friends. The ones who make life a bit more livable - you encourage and pray for us - and we will be forever grateful!
Autism Tips for the Week
April 20 - 26
21. Please don't expect a child challenged with autism to 'act his age'. Each child is unique - and most of the do not function at the same level generally seen for their age.
22. Educate your children about special needs children. Explain to them that at times they act 'different'; but this is makes them special - not scary! (There are a lot of books out now that help with this endeavour - check out your local library for helps.)
23. Consider special needs children a blessing and benefit for your children. How wonderful that God has given your children the opportunity to grow up around a child with unique and special needs. This is a perfect way for your child to lean compassion and unconditional friendship.
24. Realize that parents of autistic children have different demands upon their life.
*Socialization is more difficult for parents with autistic children. (Play dates may turn into
disaster dates. Ask them how best you can spend time with them and their child that will
not bring stress upon them - but also allow you to enhance your friendship.
* Phone time - or unplanned get together may not be possible. Autistic children thrive on
routine. Often times parents of autistic children find it difficult to go with the flow and
have interruptions in their daily routine.
25. Talk TO autistic children. Sometimes we get so used to talking about our children's
challenges - rather than directing some conversation to them. They love to be noticed and appreciated.
(Our Zak has certain people - quite a few may I add -, who come up and talk right to him every time he is at church. His eyes light up when he sees them coming - he knows that they are going to acknowledge him and talk with him. Many times throughout the week he will mention these people - it really does mean a lot to him - and a lot to me too!!)
26. If your friend's child suffers a melt down - don't judge the parents for the child's behaviour. Melt downs happen with autism - they come and they go - sometimes for no apparent reason. Often times parents are just as confused as to why their child is acting a certain way as you are. Encourage and understand - but don't judge.
27. Pray for families who are challenged with autism in their homes. At times, it is not an easy road - we all need as much prayer as we can get!
If you have a child challenged with autism I would love to hear your tips too!! It is nice to know we walk this road - not alone; but together. Thanks so much for stopping by - I am glad you did.