How To Understand Child Autism

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 No Commented
Categorized Under: Autism

Autism in children can be a very hard thing to understand and to deal with. Autism can produce behaviours in your child that can be very misleading, it can be easy to observe your autistic child and jump to the conclusion that your child is just plain bad. The truth is that it is actually less likely for an autistic child to behave badly, if by bad behaviour you mean the deliberate act of rebellion or misbehaviour.

Autism affects the way that your child interacts with the world, and what may be a normal (if there is such a thing) reaction for most children, may not be what you see or experience with an autistic child. Autistic children are prone to unexpectedly running out of the room, to screaming and lashing out with their hands or feet or climbing on top of furniture. This behavior could be misunderstood as naughty behavior, and indeed it would be with a non-autistic child. But as said, autism affects the way that a child interacts with the world, and so often what can be assumed to be bad behavior is simply your child seeing their stimulus through the lens of their autism and reacting to it.

It is possible for a parent to come to terms and find ways to live with and cope with autism. Coping strategies are essential for a parent of an autistic child if they want anything close to a normal life. It will certainly take more work on the part of the parent, and a keen eye to observe subtle changes in behavior and notice patterns in that behavior.

The secret to understanding child autism is to realize that they are likely to understand that they are likely to react strongly to either under stimulation or over stimulation. Your child will have tell-tale signs that can be identified, that can be as simple as a panicked look in their eye before they lose it. Once the tell-tale signs have been identified, it is a case of altering the stimulus to correct the situation. With under stimulation you need to get your child active quickly. This can be through playing a game or focused communication or anything that takes the child’s attention.

Over stimulation can be harder to deal with, since you would only generally have limited control over all the stimulation. Things like loud music or excessive noise can over stimulate, or visual stimulation like strobe lighting or television. When tell-tale signs are spotted then you need to either remove the stimulation source, or remove the child from the situation. Calming tones and touch can really help with a child.

It is important to realize that although this advice can really help, you need to set your expectations for your child correctly. It may be perfectly acceptable to expect one child to sit contently for a cross country plane journey, but an autistic child would not fare so well with this. It is possible to cope with this kind of scenario, but it takes a little more work to get there.