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Welcome to Autism Fundraising Guide. I focus on therapies, treatment, advice, trends and personal anecdotes based upon my experience as a parent of a sixteen year old with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have seen this disorder go from relatively obscure when my child was diagnosed thirteen years ago, to a very maintream epidemic today.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Teaching Others to Interact Positively With Your Autism Spectrum Child

One of the most important jobs of a parent with an Autism Spectrum child is to be positive. It is important to teach others how to interact positively with your child. If you are positive toward your Autism Spectrum child, others will naturally be also. Here are a few tips I have learned from rearing my nineteen year old with Autism Spectrum.

  Highlight the Child's Areas of Strength
    When interacting with others, go ahead and make some statements in front of the child about how good he is at something. This is not bragging but is making the child feel that you notice and appreciate his strengths. Also, make positive statements directly to the child as well. This is also true with completely non-verbal children with Autism.

 Stop Negative Speech
  It is sad to say that as a parent I had to stop the negative speech of professionals a variety of times. This does not mean that you are in denial and unwilling to hear of any areas that need improvement. It means that negative remarks about the child should never be made in front of the child. This seems obvious, but an astonishing amount of times professionals spoke about my child right in front of him as though he was not there. This is unacceptable. If there is anything negative to say, let them say it when the child is not present.
Visualize a Positive Future When you have an Autism Spectrum child, it is all too easy to begin to imagine awful futures. Do not waste valuable energy with such thoughts as, "What if he never gets married?" and "What if he never talks?" These are destructive and irrelevant thoughts. Just concentrate on improving the situation at hand with therapy, diet, supplements and possibly medication. Do not get ahead of yourself. Keep a Gratitude Journal This is one thing I did for years. With an Autism Spectrum child it can often seem that progress is slow or difficult. By keeping a gratitude journal and writing down anything unusually great that my son did that day, I was able to notice that in fact there were a number of great milestones over the years. Keeping a gratitude journal provides perspective, positivity and clarity. On difficult days you can get it out and read it over to get yourself back up and in the saddle again. These are some of the ways that I have learned to be more positive and teach others to be positive with Autism Spectrum children. By highlighting the child's areas of strength you make the child feel good about himself. Through stopping negative speech in its tracks you demonstrate that the child's dignity is important to and protected by you. Visualizing a positive future for your child is essential. Finally, keeping a gratitude journal can help restore a parent's positive outlook when tough days happen.

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