Autism And Behavioral Issues And Supplements: What To Expect And How To Deal With Them
Autism affects the development of a child. Unfortunately, these effects concern the child’s ability to socialize, communication skills, and perform certain movements, among others. Needless to say, these will also indirectly affect the behavior of a child. What should a parent expect from his or her autistic child, and how can she deal with these possible behavioral issues?
First off, it should be noted that the behavioral effects of autism are not standard; since the affect effect of autism depends on a case to case basis, some autistic children may seem easier to deal with compared to others. However, what one has to expect are the child’s lack of communication skills, socializing skills, and more refined motor skills. For instance, the inability of the child to express himself is actually one of the reasons why autistic children often throw tantrums, since this is their way of expressing displeasure (instead of simply verbalizing it). An autistic child’s tendency to become attached to routine or patterned movements makes it hard for a parent to break even the slightest routines in their lives, from the food they eat in the morning to what they see or hear in their environment.
Also, since autistic children tend to keep to themselves, they are exactly the most behaved when exposed to a big crowd; more than a reaction due to their lack of social skills, this usually happens when they are more accustomed to seeing very few people, another manifestation of their attachment to routine.
In any case, parents should try to remember certain things when dealing with an autistic child.
It is important for a parent to learn how to modify his or her expectations from the child. It has been reported that parents of autistic children are often very stressed; besides the fact that raising an autistic child is indeed challenging, it can be further aggravated by the fact that parents tend to hold to their beliefs and prospects when it comes to their child. Instead, the parent should know the limitation of his or her child; only then will the parent learn how to appreciate the successes of their offspring, no matter how small.
Parents should also try to remember that their child is not bad; rather, it is his inability to perform certain functions that make him inadequate in the terms of the usual expectations. To put it simply, the child’s behavior may seem bad, but not because the child is bad per se. An autistic child is different. Their way of processing certain things are different, so their reactions are different as well. Their misbehavior is not a sign of inadequate parenting (although it can be modified and changed) or a sign of their inept or ill personality.
With this, parents must assess their child and know what could trigger certain behavioral reactions. An autistic child is extra sensitive to certain objects or factors, for instance. A good parent should learn how to distinguish these factors. It is also possible to help the child channel his behavior using productive means and hobbies.]
In the end, it is all about knowing your child. An autistic child is a child first before a person struck with the disorder; autism is not the be all and end all of his life. Treat him as a child first and you won’t go wrong.