Tips for Managing Everyday Life with a Child with Autism

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • When talking to parents of children with autism, one thing is clear. While they appreciate information on different treatments and research into ASD, what they really want to know is how to manage everyday life. What can they do when their child is having a meltdown or won’t wear a coat because of hypersensitivities? What can they do to teach them about non- verbal communication or help them get to sleep? With this in mind, I have compiled the tips I have written over the years. These are quick ideas on a number of different everyday challenges. Some of the tips you have probably already tried - some you might still use and some you might have rejected because they don’t work for you. Hopefully, within these tips you will find some new and useful information. Most of the tips have been written with input from other parents of children with autism.

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    General Parenting Tips

     

    Ten Tips for Parenting a Child with Asperger’s Syndrome - Although the term Asperger’s syndrome is no longer included in the DSM as a separate diagnosis, these tips work for those with mild autism, high-functioning autism and social communication disorder.

     

    Household Rules for Teens with Asperger’s Syndrome - While children with ASD are known for following rules, it is also true that those rules must make sense and be transferrable to several different situations. Read the tips for setting rules so you have a better chance of your child following the rules.

     

    7 Tips for Parents of Children with Autism - When you have a child with autism it seems you are sailing in unchartered territory. You must learn a whole new way of connecting with your child and managing behaviors common to children with autism. This post gives tips on parenting children with ASD.

     

    10 Tips for Parenting a Teen on the Autism Spectrum - Raising any teen is hard, raising a teen with ASD is even more difficult. Your teen might want independence but you might not think he is ready. This post has tips for helping your teen navigate the teen years.

     

    10 Ways to Keep Your Child with Autism Safe - Accidents, injuries, impulsive behaviors, wandering off...these are all common occurrences when you have a child with autism. Tips for keeping your child with autism safe.

     

    Tips for Helping Your Child with Autism Get a Good Nights Sleep - Some experts state that up to 80 percent of children with autism have trouble sleeping - either falling asleep, waking up during the night or waking early in the morning. We have some tips and ideas to help your child get a good night’s sleep.

     

    10 Tips for Caring for Yourself When You Have a Child with Autism - Caring for a child with autism has its rewards. But it is also exhausting, demanding and frustrating. Making sure you care for yourself is important.

     

    Meltdowns and Crises

     

    Asperger Teens: Handling a Crisis - Children with ASD often have a difficult time dealing with frustration even if they have outgrown meltdowns. This post provides tips for helping your teens through a crisis and teaching them skills to solve problems in the future.

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    8 Tips for Helping Teens with Autism Manager Anger and Frustration - Life doesn’t always fit into the linear and logical thinking of a teen with ASD. Frustration and anger can result and teens with ASD often have a hard time regulating their emotions and appropriately dealing with their anger. These tips help you help your teen better manage this emotion.

     

    10 Strategies for Calming a Child with Autism - Children with autism can become agitated when overstimulated, their routines are changed or because of hypersensitivities. Many parents will tell you calming a child with autism is simply part of their daily routine. Tips on how to make it easier.

     

    Communication

     

    Helping Nonverbal Children with Autism to Talk and Communicate - Difficulty with communication is one of the main symptoms of autism. Many children with autism have delayed speech but do eventually begin to talk. Others never start speaking but can communicate in other ways. These tips provide a few ways to help your child learn to communicate.

     

    Tips for Teaching Non-Verbal Communication Skills - We know that non-verbal skills, such as body language and facial expression are an important part of communication. Unfortunately, our children with ASD often don’t “get” this type of communication. This post has tips and strategies for helping your child understand the non-verbal parts of conversations.

     

    18 Tips for Teaching a Child with Autism to Read - If all the words in the English language followed the same rule, reading would be a snap for children with autism. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen and learning to read can be tough. Even so, many children with autism can and do learn to read. This post has tips to make teaching your child to read easier.

     

Published On: December 29, 2014