Embrace Your Child’s Differences
While it is true that your child may be slightly different than other kids his or her age, it is best to embrace the uniqueness. By not comparing your child to others, you will help him or her to feel special and loved.
Learn Everything You Can About Autism Spectrum Disorder
One of the best ways to connect with your child is to learn everything you possibly can about autism. This will not only help you to connect with your child on a deeper level, it will help you to understand the way he or she sees the world.
Reward Good Behavior
Praise for doing something positive is truly important for autistic children. Always make sure to reward good behavior, whether it be with a small toy, a favorite dessert, or something else.
Develop a Routine
Children with autism spectrum disorder function best when they are able to stick to a routine schedule. Rather than waking up and going to bed at different times each night, have a bedtime and a wake-up time every single morning. Apply a schedule to mealtimes and playtime as well. Don’t deviate from the routine unless it is absolutely necessary, and if it is possible, make sure your child is prepared if you know something different will be happening.
Emphasize Your Child’s Strengths
Find out what it is that your child is good at and enjoys and help he or she make the most of it! Does your child enjoy music? Encourage singing or instrumental lessons. Are they good at art? Enroll the child in a painting or drawing class.
Raising a child with autism spectrum disorder can be a great experience for anyone. Find the appropriate ways to connect with your child, and you can ensure that you’ll have a great relationship.