Autism is a Spectrum Disorder and never affects just a singular aspect of any one person. Parenting a child with Autism can be overwhelming when you first get the diagnosis. Where to start? What can I do to help my autistic child? What therapies are available in Autism South Africa? Autism schools in South Africa and how can they help my child or should I go the one-on-one route with pure ABA therapy?
Choosing therapies and intervention strategies for your autistic child, needs to be done systematically because doing too much when the child is not ready can lead to major anxiety and behaviour. In fact it can have the total opposite result to the ones desired. In the same breath not doing enough can hinder your child’s educational growth permanently.
Know and understand that our children are going to behave badly. Know and understand that they are going to hit, kick, bite and fight. Know that they are going to push our every button BUT more importantly know when it is time to seek professional help for your child that can’t regulate, that battles with an anxiety disorder or that has development delays in the area of “social/personality milestons”.