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Ten Tips for Helping Your Autistic Child Connect

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Updated on May 14, 2014

#4 Respond Differently to Crying

When your child is crying, remain calm and peaceful, as a way to model to your child that it's possible to feel comfortable in the very situation that they are struggling with.

#5 Give Your Child as Much Control as Possible

You should avoid physically moving against your child whenever possible. By giving your child more control, you are building a significantly deeper and stronger relationship with your child from her point of view. Sometimes you have to physically manipulate your child to keep him safe. Stay clear, strong, and calm.

#6 Focus on Your Attitude

How you feel emotionally greatly impacts your child's experience and makes a difference. Delving into your deeper, honest reasons for your unhappiness is a key to feeling differently.

#7 Work One-on-One in a Non-Distracting Room

There are three main factors that determine the quality of an educational environment: the level of distraction, the level of control your child has, and the emotional state of the other people in the environment. Working with your child one-on-one in your home gives your child a great chance to learn at a faster rate.

#8 Be Dynamic with Your Child

Nearly every child responds to enthusiasm .There are three things you can do to make yourself express your enthusiasm:

  • Vary your tone of voice
  • Vary your facial expressions
  • Vary how you move your body

#9 Get More Language

The four key language skills are: vocabulary, clarity of speech, sentence length, and conversational give-and-take. Show your child the power of his language by being responsive when he says something to you, especially if it's a new word or sentence.

#10 Make Sure Food Isn't Part of the Problem

What your child eats matters. The way to change your child's diet is to remove the offending foods entirely and show your child that they are not coming back. Your child will eat when he's hungry. How you present the new foods to your child makes a huge difference!

For more of Levy's guidelines and checklists on these 10 tips, check out What You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Child with Autism.

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