The autism epidemic is on the rise. One in every 68 children is being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And this isn’t just a problem for adolescents or children who are still waiting to be diagnosed; parents are now caring for their autistic toddlers, which means they need to know how to take care of themselves as well as their child’s needs.
Many people have heard of autism but don’t really know what it is or how to provide help for someone with it. Autism is a complex developmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and repetitive behaviors.
There are 11 supportive behavior methods for autistic children in this article (some strategies can be used with adults as well). Many of the tactics may also be used to assist children with problematic behaviors who do not have autism. A parent, teacher, or other adult caring for or dealing with an autistic kid may feel irritated with the child’s conduct. Behaviors might appear out of nowhere, linger for hours, be difficult to regulate, and make an adult feel terrified or ashamed.
- Autism is a spectrum disorder. Is termed a spectrum because some individuals have few symptoms while others have many.