Educating your autistic child is no walk in the park. It demands a lot; patience, fortitude, will power, time and most of all resources. You have to be a very persistent teacher at heart if the kid is going to learn anything that you teach them. In most cases, parents give up on their children and leave that role with the teacher at school. But considering that the teacher spends very little time in the child’s life, as a parent, you need to take up your responsibility.
It is never going to be easy.
But it is not impossible.
It can be done and so many people have done it.
Tips for Educating your autistic child
Acceptance is key
One of the tips that I give parents is to first accept that their kids have autism and then from there, they can see the way forward in helping them. Most people I have unfortunately found out have not come to terms with the fact that their kids have sensory processing disorder, are preoccupied with one thing for a whole day, lack social skills and display poor communication skills. Without you as a parent accepting it, you will waste precious time going for retreats, at the bar or out for prayers which would have been used in helping your kid.
Get resources such as books and toys
Once you have accepted that they are autistic, you can go ahead and start aligning them with resources that help out on their education. You want the kid to get social skills, verbal communication while at the same time analyzing maths, learning subject verb agreement as well as how to do things on their own. To do all these, you need some good books on autism. You could also use toys that engage the kid in such a way that they are getting an education while at the same time having fun. We have found some educational toys for autistic toddlers reviewed on this website and we believe that going through the list would help you get one toy that will be of benefit to your kid.
Play with your child
When they are out playing, do not entertain it when you see your autistic kid always tending to stay and play alone. Be with them. Engage them in their play. You could introduce games that demand that they take turns with each other. This way, you are facilitating social skills in them so that they learn to appreciate engaging with each other.
Limit screen time
Watching television, tapping on tablet or playing on the computer for young toddlers has never been found to be good at all. In fact research shows that the more your kid is engaged to the screen, the more time they take before they can speak and express themselves verbally. Screen time also hampers brain development of your child.
Knowing this, as a parent, you should limit screen time for your less than 2 years kid as zero. For kids above 2 years, they can have at most 1 hour of screen time. And when they do watch, you need to censor what they are looking at. Avoid screen time full of profane words and vulgar behaviours.
As they watch telly, talk to them about what they are seeing.
After the telly time, ask them what they saw as well as the morals they could have derived from the screen time. This way, they will see the tv as another edutainment gadget rather than empty entertainment that does not teach them any moral values or language skills.