Autism: 10 Tips For Parents
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They are tips from someone a few years down the line, friendly advice and some easy-to-follow pointers rather than dogmatic Do This type instructions.
I’m not an expert in video production, the video is also quite long – more than 20 minutes in fact. However, I hope it is time well spent, it’s six years of experience rolled into the time it takes to watch an episode of Friends.
0:00:01 – Welcome and introduction
0:01:18 – Point 1. You are not alone, other families with autistic children have similar questions and experiences
0:03:30 – Point 2. The journey matters with autistic (and any) children not the destination. Don’t always focus on worries for the future, instead live celebrate life as it happens
0:05:17 – Point 3. You will become the world’s leading expert on your child. Don’t downplay this, you might not be an expert on autism but you will be an expert on your child.
0:07:15 – Point 4 – Autistic children can have niche, obsessive interest. Embrace them as if they’re your own – they are a great way to bond.
0:10:24 – Point 5. Don’t be too hard on yourself. We all have bad days!
0:11:04 – Point 6. Develop a thick skin (become a rhino mum or dad). Don’t let the fear of what might happen, your child having a meltdown for example, stop you going out and doing things. Anyone who passes silent judgement on an autistic child really isn’t worth worrying about!
0:13:58 – Point 7 – Don’t overstate the impact of autism. The fact your child is autistic has an impact, but it is just one contributory factor to family life. (Also, a bonus tip from Chloe Cat)
0:17:44 – Point 8 – The environment needs to change, your child doesn’t. It is not an autistic child’s fault that the world does not cater to their needs. The environment is the problem, not the child.
0:19:33 – Point 9 – Balancing the needs of everyone in the family can be difficult, especially if you have other, non autistic children. We look at how to strike a balance that does not put one child’s needs above the other’s.
0:22:23 – Point 10 – Right now matters more than the future. The future matters, every parent to an autistic child has concerns. However, try not to let these overwhelm you and fill very moment. Have fun in the here and now.
23:48 – Thanks, goodbye and a request to gently nudge the interaction buttons.
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