All parents and guardians want what’s best for their kids. Parents and guardians of kids on the spectrum are no different. Although we may want what’s best for our kids, sometimes, especially with autism, it can be hard to figure out what works. We’ve put together a list of five tried and true tips that have helped others in similar situations.
- Keep it fun. Therapeutic play allows kids to do what they like while building skills. These skills can be social, reciprocal, and even imaginative.
- Positive reinforcement works. This is true for kids on and off the spectrum. Praising a child for doing something well will leave a lasting and positive association with that behavior.
- Stick to a schedule. Kids with autism feel comfortable with and often respond well to a regular schedule. It is comforting and reassuring to know what and when is coming next.
- Take your kids with you. Exposure to “the real world” is critical and teaches valuable coping lessons.
- Be patient. Apologies for the cliché, but every kid is different. Unless you’re very, very lucky, the first thing you try probably won’t be a perfect fit. Be consistent, stay creative, and you will find something that works for you and even more importantly something that works for your kid.
Twiddle, a Certified Autism Resource, has worked for many parents and guardians navigating this territory. Twiddle is a therapeutic sensory and memory support aid, that can help kids with autism stay stimulated, self-regulated, and comfortable in any situation. Working Twiddle into your routine allows for both portable and therapeutic play. While every kid is different, a lot of kids love Twiddle (parents and guardians too!)
“In a sea of hard choices that are as unique as every child, a Twiddle is a safe, easy choice to add to the comfort toolbox.” – Heather, a parent