When this blog was started, I never really had a clear vision. It was more a reflection of what was going on around me. However, I’ve come to realize a few things. While this blog will always be a reflection and extension of my life; it serves a far greater purpose. Or multiple purposes. And one of those purposes is to share my experiences on how to parent an autistic child.
Now yes, of course, I realize that what works for our family may not work for your family.
We all parent differently though we may have some similarities on the surface. I hope that you’ll find these posts of use!
What is it like being a parent of an autistic child?
We’ll start at the beginning, with the initial diagnosis of autism. For some, this occurs when their child is younger and for some this occurs when their child is older. Regardless of when it happens for you, know that there is hope.
So your child has received an autism diagnosis, now what? First, I want to tell you and reassure you: your child is still your child. Love them unconditionally and without limits.
Embrace your child.
Embrace their diagnosis.
Let’s dive in.
How to Parent an Autistic Child: Behavioral Issues
- How to Help an Autistic Child Who Self-Injures
- 5 Calming Strategies for Meltdowns
- How to Incorporate Yoga Into Your Meltdown Strategies
- 19 Ways to Support Children with Autism or ADHD at School
- How to Discipline a Child with Autism or ADHD
- How to Understand Sensory Overload
- Self Calming Strategies for Kids with Autism
The Autism Family Life Toolkit for Parents of Autistic Children:
Common Things that Parents of Autistic Children Face
- Anxiety in Children with Autism
- Comorbidity and Autism
- What to do When Your Autistic Child Wanders
- How to Obtain SSI for your Autistic Child
- How to Prepare Your Autistic Toddler for Preschool
- How to Handle Puberty In Your Autistic Child
- Commonly Believed Myths About Autism
- Things that This Parent of an Autistic Child Is Sick of Hearing
- How to Plan a Sensory Friendly Birthday Party
- How to Travel with Your Autistic Child
- Elopement and Autism: How to Handle Wandering
- Playdate Tips for an Autistic Child
- Birthday Party Planning Worksheets for an Autism Friendly Birthday Party
There’s a lot to deal with, I know! Add in, parenting a non-verbal autistic child. Or, at least in my case.
How to Maintain Routines for Your Autistic Child
Routine and structure is so important for autistic children. I would encourage you to start a visual schedule at home if you aren’t doing so already. But why? Why is this so beneficial? Why is there so much emphasis placed on routine and structure?
You may also be interested in: My Personal Schedule: a visual schedule printable pack
How to Parent a Non-Verbal Autistic Child
- How to help your non-verbal child with communication
- How to make a homemade PECS binder
- What I wish you knew about parenting a non-verbal autistic child
- 23 things that my non-verbal autistic daughter has taught me
So far, the focus has been mostly on parenting an autistic child. And that was really my intent and purpose from the get go. However, it couldn’t hurt to do a little self-examination here as well.
It all starts with making a mindset shift from just being your child’s parent to becoming your child’s advocate.
Yes, of course, you are their parent. But just as important, you are their advocate and their greatest champion.
- Why I needed to stop comparing my non-verbal autistic daughter and her younger sister
- Why I finally stopped blaming autism for everything
- The Year I made Santa Claus Cry
Parenting, in general, can be difficult. There really is no sugar-coating that. Parenting an autistic child can be challenging.
But, it’s also wonderful.
Just as much as it is ugly.