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Guidelines For A Mother To Battle Her Child’s Autism



Guidelines for a Mother to Battle Her Child’s Autism

 

A mother does her best to protect her child from various diseases. She takes all the necessary steps to make him as healthy as possible, both mentally and physically. Neurological disorders such as autism can break parents down even as they realize that it is life-long disease that will make the child suffer as long as he lives. The worst part is that despite all the efforts that the mother makes there is no hope except for a miracle to make the child’s life better. However listed below are some initiatives that a mother should take to make her child’s life a little more comfortable

 

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Noting the Early Signs:

It is always necessary to note down all the early signs that indicate some sort of neurological disorder such as autism so that professional medical assistance can be sought as soon as possible. The earlier you can detect autism the sooner they can be treated with therapy and medications so that their brains can be moulded to respond to the ‘social stimulus. As the brain matures, the child takes longer time to respond to these treatments and therapies. Parents, especially mothers should pay attention to the child’s developments and note for any such signs as given below:

  • That your child is unable to make ‘eye contact’ within 6-9 months of age
  • After your child is a year old he is still unable to respond or recognize his name when addressed
  • The child stays on his own doing some activity or playing without paying attention to you
  • Your child is unable to show verbal gesture or any other communication signs even when he has completed his first birthday. Delayed speech can be one of the reasons but the child will use signs to get what he wants if he is not mentally ill
  • Having completed 18 months your child still cannot indicate to any ‘meaningful gesture’ or looks blankly at you if you talk to him

Talk to your paediatrician as soon as you notice any of the above signs. Find out about his neurological status and get him evaluated immediately.

No Processed Foods:

Try to avoid processed or junk food as much as possible for your child. The chemicals inside the foods can adversely affect his neurological growth and development if he is suffering from autism.

Make Your Child Talk:

Keep talking to your child as much as you can. Autistic children need human interaction more than ever. Tell him rhymes or stories or simply have a chat with your baby. It will stimulate the child and make him participate in social behaviour. Although there will not be much improvement in his communication skills or total behaviour change, you should not quit just yet. Such actions will help his brain to take in the commands in a slow process.

Make Your Child Socialize with Others:

An autistic child’s brain is best stimulated when he gets to socialize. Admit him to some ‘play school’ where cognitive development is emphasized with the help of toys in various shapes, colours and ‘make-believe’ games. This contributes to the development of the brain and helps him deal with this disorder. Keeping up this developmental requirement in mind, also encourage your child to other kid’s ‘birthday parties’ and other gatherings to improve his social skills and his communication problems. Autistic children do get triggered by factors such as music, sound and colour, which may possibly make him violent in behaviour. You must first note what triggers his violent ‘behaviour ‘and then avert them to prevent such as situation from occurring. If necessary, talk to the therapist to find out ways in overcoming such dreadful after effects of the triggering factors. It will be helpful in managing him during public gatherings and outings.

Therapy Practice:

Medications do not help in treating autistic patients- therapies do. Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) and Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) are counted as the most efficient among the various therapies to treat this disease. The nuances and techniques of the therapies need to be learnt by both the patient and the caretaker (in this case, the mother). The mother should take the initiative to practice the therapies at least five times in one day to get effective results and behaviour alteration in the child.

With these points in mind, a mother can actually help her autistic child get as normal as possible while he is still a kid. This will improve his communication skills and help his face the world in a better way.

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Comments

  1. In India Autism is getting awareness unlike before.Thans for the article.

  2. chandni says:

    ya.. so much of information in here.

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