If you have an autistic child, you know how difficult it can be to keep track of them. They may wander off and get lost, or they may not respond when called. The good news is that there are plenty of noninvasive ways to keep tabs on your child without invading their privacy.
Sign Them Up for Activities They Love (You’ll Have an Idea Where To Find Them if They Don’t Communicate)
Learn about the activities that they love and sign them up. You can always ask their caretaker/teacher if they are interested in any school’s activities or look on your local community center’s website for classes and courses you could enroll them in.
If possible, try to find some activities that you and your autistic child can do together. Also, try to write up a schedule to help them stay on track with what they need to accomplish throughout their day. Depending on how much information you want to include, it could be as simple as one page or more detailed. If there is any structure already in place, it might help them feel more comfortable with their day.
Be More Involved in Their Lives (Instead of Tracking and Stalking Them)
Talk to them and get their honest opinion about things. They will enjoy the positive attention, and you’ll probably see that they have a lot more going on in their heads than you previously thought.
Please share your own experiences and memories of being young with them. Then, take them to the places that remind you both of those times, if possible. Kids need to know they can rely on parents as authority figures and as friends.
Be involved with what they like. For example, if they are fascinated by computers, sign them up for different courses. You can also challenge them to do simple troubleshooting at home, like if your software download stuck or cannot install appropriately.
Speak to Them Regularly
You need to talk to them at least once a day, but you can speak more often if they want to. You don’t have to do this in person or on the phone either; you could use text messaging, emailing, instant messaging apps like Whatsapp and Facebook messenger, anything that works for your child is just fine.
Some people are uncomfortable talking about autism, but it’s important to remember that you’re the expert on your child, so if they ever want or need your help or advice about autism – ask them what you can do for them.
The more often people communicate with their kids, the better. It might seem obvious, but some parents are shy of talking to their children because they don’t want to intrude on their privacy. As a parent of an autistic child, however, you have special access rights – so feel free to.
Mobile Apps (That Syncs Their Phone With Yours)
There are several apps available today that allow parents to control their child’s mobile device. For example, you can set up the app so only specific contacts or numbers can call your autistic child on their phone. You can also block specific websites and track where they’re going (and for how long) online with real-time GPS tracking of their device.
There are plenty of tools available to help you manage your autistic child. All you have to do is find the one that works for both of you and then use it as much as possible. This way, everyone will enjoy a better quality of life without worrying about being apart from each other.