Autism is the neurological condition that leaves the nervous system out of sync with the environment. Autism is a condition which affects an individual’s way of understanding and the way he/she communicate with other people and also how to make sense of the world. It is a spectrum so a child or adult varies according to his or her difficulties. Some are affected mildly; maybe they can live a relatively independent life while others may require a lifelong support. Mainly all the children with Autism have to face such challenges throughout their life. The children who have autism possibly do not find human speech interactive and pleasing because the pathways in the brain that join speech recognition to the brains reward Centre’s are very different than in the normally developing brains. So they reserved their personality with their own imaginative boundaries.
The autistic child doesn’t complete their milestones on time the way normal child do, like not responding to their names at 8 to 10 months, and don’t recognize human voice very well the way a normal kid does. They are not socializing, difficult to communicate and language, the problem in solving any situations, not aware of the dangers around them, poor eye contact, and are very aggressive.
Learning is growing and growing is necessary for living. The way Autistic children learn is very different from the rest of us. Therefore, we have to help them learn the way they are comfortable, and not force our method of learning. One of the most important skills Autistic children need to learn is “socializing”. Humans are social animals and without interacting with others ‘appropriately’, they cannot live a normal life. When teaching children with autism one thing that needs to be kept in mind is that every instruction and every concept has to be as visual as possible. When they see visual cues instead of hearing plain instructions, they pick up the concept way more quickly.
Moving forward with this in mind, give them an activity that they would enjoy with other children. Once they have developed an interest in the activity you can start adding interaction with others and that usually starts with saying “Hello”.
Greet someone in front of them to show them exactly how they have to do it.
Once they start copying how you greet someone, you can start adding more questions and statements step by step. However, this should not be extempore.
Write it down first.
Prepare the script.
So that whatever you say in front of them must remain the same every time, and does not change. You don’t want to confuse them while they are learning the skill of socializing. Every child with autism is different. Every child will learn at their own pace. We just need to be consistent, and patient, while they are learning to talk and interact and one day this hello will grow into lifelong conversations.
Parents of the autistic child are brave and unique as their child care. Knowing that your journeys as an autism parent are important. You are your child’s voice, their therapist, their advocate. Your journey may be tough but the smallest milestones are huge triumphs, Rewards that you will hold in your heart forever.
Be kind to yourself and be kind to your child. Allah blesses all child. All are amazing.