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11 Ways You Can Help Your Autistic Child Fit In

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

11 Ways You Can Help Your Autistic Child Fit In

Every child with autism is unique and has their own strengths and challenges. It is important to understand your child's specific needs and abilities in order to help them fit in.

  1. Encourage social interactions: Children with autism may have difficulty with social interactions. Encourage your child to engage in social activities and practice social skills with them.

  2. Provide structure and routine: Autistic children often thrive on structure and routine. Create a daily schedule and stick to it as much as possible to help your child feel more comfortable and secure.

  3. Use visual aids: Many children with autism respond well to visual aids such as pictures and diagrams. Use visual aids to help your child understand instructions and communicate their needs.

  4. Seek out therapy: Many children with autism benefit from therapy such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, and applied behavior analysis. These therapies can help your child develop important skills and improve their ability to fit in.

  5. Educate others: Educate friends, family, and teachers about autism and your child's specific needs. This will help others understand and support your child.

  6. Advocate for your child: Be an advocate for your child and make sure they are receiving the support and accommodations they need in school and other settings.

  7. Encourage independence: Autistic children may need more support and guidance than typical children, but it is important to encourage independence as much as possible. Help your child learn new skills and give them opportunities to make decisions and take responsibility for their actions.

  8. Make accommodations: Many autistic children benefit from specific accommodations such as extra time for tests, a quiet place to work, or the use of technology to assist with communication. Work with your child's school and other organizations to ensure that these accommodations are in place.

  9. Prioritize communication: Autistic children may have difficulty with communication and social interactions. Prioritize communication and work on developing your child's language skills with the help of a speech therapist.

  10. Create a safe and comfortable environment: Autistic children may be sensitive to noise, light, and other stimuli. Create a safe and comfortable environment for your child by reducing noise and light, and providing a comfortable place to relax.

  11. Keep an open mind: As you help your child fit in, it is important to keep an open mind and be willing to try new things. Your child may surprise you with their abilities and interests, and it is important to support and encourage them in all that they do.

Helping an autistic child fit in is a continuous process that requires patience, understanding, and a willingness to try new things. Encouraging independence, making accommodations, prioritizing communication, creating a safe and comfortable environment, and keeping an open mind are all key strategies that can help your child thrive and build a fulfilling life.

About the Author

Jody B. Miller is the mother of a child on the autistic spectrum. He is a savant in some ways (directions, numbers, memories from as young as age two, words to songs since age 1). But he is more than half his life behind and only spoke in vowels for many years. By using these techniques and more, she helped him fit in at school, in the neighborhood, and with the community. He is well adjusted and liked wherever he goes. Most of all . . . he is happy.

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