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The Right Way to Educate and Raise Children With Autism
First, parents need to know that autism can only be diagnosed by doctors and psychologists. How to educate normal children with children with autism are basically the same. However, there are several important things to note, one of which is behavior. The behavior of autistic children with normal children is different.
Like normal children, parents must know the characteristics of their own children, as well as children with autism. Every child with autism has a different character. Examples of some behaviors that are usually owned by children with autism are:
- Repetitive behavior (clapping, shaking hands, shaking hands)
- Sensitivity to certain stimuli (temperature, sound, light, or other things)
- Glued to a specific object (e.g. a toy, fan, or clock)
- Sticking to a daily routine or schedule.
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But not all of these behaviors are owned by every child, so parents need to be sensitive to the circumstances and character of their own children. For example, in the case of children with autism who are sensitive to stimuli. This can be marked when the child hears a loud sound, he will cry because he feels uncomfortable.
The key in raising and educating children with autism is that parents must find out what can make children uncomfortable.
What is the best parenting style for a child with autism?
Among the many parenting styles that exist, the authoritative style is the recommended upbringing style to apply when you raise a child with autism . Where this parenting style is carried out by respecting the character of each child while instilling social values.
So, here parents still give instructions and restrictions in behavior. Also teach what can and should not be done when educating children with autism. However, still give the child an opinion. This style of parenting can also be done until he grows up.
Do you need to explain to your child that he is different?
Every child in the world is different from other children, it is important to emphasize. Parents can educate their children while explaining that they are different because they have autism.
Parents must also focus on solutions and how to overcome their strengths, not on their children’s shortcomings. If you want to explain, parents can educate and inform children with autism using pictures or videos. You can also tell him that he is different, but still has advantages like other children.
How to calm a tantrum in a child with autism?
First, parents must find out what makes a child tantrum and what makes him uncomfortable. If possible, reduce or eliminate it, for example, he fusses because of too bright light or noise.
But if it is not possible, take the child to a safer place and not endanger himself or others. For example, when a tantrum occurs, don’t hit the child’s head or hit someone else. If you have brought your little one to a more comfortable place, let him vent his emotions first.
Next, you can try to calm him down by giving your little one a favorite object, for example his favorite toy. When the child expresses his emotions, parents must be calm beside him while watching the child.
If it is calm then the child is invited to talk. Children with autism are usually easier to explain through pictures or videos. Explain to him that the behavior he just did was not good. Of course, you have to explain it gently.
Remember, to really educate and teach a child with autism, you have to focus and emphasize how the behavior should be. Give him an example of good behavior, instead of even at length advising him about the mistakes he has made.
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Then, what is the best way to discipline a child with autism?
Just like educating and raising another child, parents can punish when a child with autism goes beyond the limits of the rules. Punishment can be done so that the child understands what behaviors can and cannot be done.
Remember, the principle of punishment is to give what you don’t like, for example by reducing your child’s playing time.
But parents need to remind, tell, and teach what the child should do. In order for children to better understand and understand, try to teach children through story books or real examples.
For example, a real example, you can say “thank you” when given something from your little one. Then, you can also give praise, such as “Wow that’s great!”, or applaud if the child is able to do this. This helps the child understand the do’s and don’ts of behavior.
Tips for raising and educating children with autism
1. Get to know the child’s character
When educating children with autism, it is important to always consult a doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist to help identify the character of each child. In addition, there are many articles on the internet that describe children with autism. Parents can also learn through these suggestions.
It is recommended to look for information in newspapers or magazines that include sources from experts, as well as from trusted health sites. Avoid reading from blogs or writings of people’s experiences, because it is difficult to account for.
2. Always think positively and creatively.
Since every child has a different character, when educating a child with autism, parents must focus on their strengths and how to solve their problems. Also use creative thinking so that children can understand each teaching you give.
You should also be grateful and be a happy parent with the conditions that your child has. Remember happy children are made of happy parents. Set yourself a positive example.
The problems faced do not make everything bad, there is always a lesson behind it. Children have extraordinary potential, let him learn to deal with it. Children with autism like other children, the goal is to be able to be useful for themselves and society.
Provide opportunities for children to learn independently by being taught gradually and patiently from parents.
3. Don’t give up
Giving up is something that should be avoided when educating a child with autism. Never give up on your child’s condition no matter what. Normal children certainly have advantages and disadvantages.
Likewise with children with autism , if there are shortcomings, there must be extraordinary advantages that he has. Children with autism are different, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do anything.
Reference : MAULANA, Muhammad Sobri. RISK OF LANGUAGE DELAY IN TODDLERS WITH PROLONGED SCREEN TIME : EVIDENCE BASED CASE REPOR. JECIES: Journal of Early Childhood Islamic Education Study, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 34-48, mar. 2020. ISSN 2721-6004. Available at: <https://e-journal.stit-islamic-village.ac.id/jecies/article/view/53>. Date accessed: 08 june 2021. doi:https://doi.org/10.33853/jecies.v1i1.53.
The Right Way to Educate and Raise Children With Autism