1. Learn about the disease:
Go over the internet and read about the disease. Read the symptoms so that you can at least have the diagnosis and treatment started as soon as possible. At the age of three, the victims of autism show no interest towards the normal social signals. They would not want to play with other children and gradually become obsessed with repetitive behavior.
When the symptoms start to get severe, they may differ between different children. The magnitude of the disease may also play an important role in behavioral changes.
2. Understand their comfort
Study the child closely and find out what he/she likes and dislikes. Understand what makes them more co-operative and at ease. Their facial expressions and the sounds that they make when they are irritable or hungry will play an important role in their rearing.
3. Discover their talents
Find out what your child is good at. 30 percent of the children that suffer from autism actually have a normal IQ. About 10 percent of them rather possess extra-ordinary talents as well. This special ability might even be a good way to make up for their social skills. Following are some great skills found in autistic children:
€ Intensive focus
€ Musical talents
€ Powerful memory
€ Mathematical Skills
€ Organizing Skills
4. Help them overcome language barriers
Autistic children often have problems understanding metaphors, jokes, sarcasm and idioms. This is because, since they don't like to socialize, they have had no practice with how people perceive and use words. Hence, when you are around them, avoid using any trick words or phrases.
5. Do not label your child
Do not call him/her autistic when your relatives or friends are over. If you treat your child differently, others may do the same. In addition, doing so will also make the child feel alienated. At the same time, negligence or denial of the fact is toxic too. Your child does need more care than usual children. The sooner you accept it, the better your child will learn.