Raising a child is challenging in itself, so what more if doctors have diagnosed a child with autism? This neurodevelopmental disorder is a condition that affects a child’s means of communication, social interaction, interest, and behavior. Their level of understanding is different from other children, making it difficult to explain specific situations.
It’s indeed heartbreaking to see children being unable to express themselves and do what they want. The emotional baggage, however, is even heavier for parents and their family. They start doubting themselves and think about why they have to go through this situation. Here’s how you can help them cope:
Give Useful Suggestions
Parents with autistic children are often clueless about the condition of their child, so they need all the help they can get. If you know any way to lighten the load on their shoulders, then do suggest them. For instance, you can recommend them to a good therapist you know, to answer their questions.
If the child refuses to get out of the house, Interactive Autism Network and Mendability say therapy sessions and interactive resources are available online. You can join and do these sessions with them, so they don’t have to figure out everything by themselves.
Use the Right Words
Even if you mean well, there are times when words are enough to cause parents to break down. After all, they’re tired of hearing and explaining the same thing over and over again. Know how to phrase your words properly to avoid offending them. Be sensitive to their feelings. There are better ways to say what you mean; all you need is to find the right words and approach. The timing is important, too.
If you have a relative, friend, or colleague who has autistic children, don’t ignore them. This is the time they need you the most. Be by their side, so they won’t feel alone in this situation.