Simon Baron-cohen

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Reading Simon Baron-Cohen’s Books Is The Best Method To Learn About Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or simply autism is one of the diseases parents dread to hear their kid has. No parent is ever fully prepared for this. And when you eventually get to hear that your kid has autism, it feels like you are several inches closer to the end the world.

Here is the truth, with your support and proper management, an autistic child can learn, grow, and thrive. But you have to be emotional strong to be the best parent for your autistic child. One thing a lot of people don’t understand is that autistic children have strong instinct and the more you cry and brood over your child’s condition , the more you make him feel you are not happy having him as a child. This will affect him psychologically. You need to be strong and be happy especially when you are around him.

Apart from staying strong, here other tips on how to raise an autistic child.

Read about the disorder

Simon Baron-Cohen and several other autism specialists have written so many books on the disorder. You can buy some of these books to study about the disease. The more you know about it, the better you can handle it.

Apart from books, Simon Baron-Cohen also published several free materials online that you can read. Of course, there are several useful materials about the disorder written by others, but it is advisable you aim for the ones authored by Simon Baron-Cohen because he is more dedicated to autism more than others and has won multiple awards and recognition for his works on ASD.

You need to be consistent

Autistic children usually have problems applying skills learned in one place in another environment. For instance, he may be thought on how to use sign language in school and he will pick it up but when he gets home, he may not use the same sign language again. This is normal. Being able to transfer the application of certain knowledge to other environments apart from the one where it was learnt can be difficult.

You are the one that will lay a strong foundation for consistency. You need to know what he learns in school so that you can replicate it at home. If he already speaks very well with sign language in school, you might also begin to speak with him through the same language so as to develop consistency.

Apart from mode of speaking, you should also build consistency in other things too. Consistency helps them learn faster. In the bid to develop consistency, it is also advisable to create a schedule for him. There should be a particular time for each of his meals and bedtime. Remember, creating a schedule is not as important as sticking to it.

Try as much as possible not to change the schedule and if for some reasons, you may need to change the schedule, you should prepare your child for it ahead otherwise you will slow down his learning process.

Take the time to study your child

Children with autism actually speak more with their gestures and facial expressions. The more you understand this, the easier it will be to communicate with them. The best way is to study his body languages and facial expression when he is hungry, angry, tired, or when he needs something from you.

Children with ASD often throw tantrums more than other children. This is the only way to express their anger and frustration when they feel misunderstood or totally ignored. This is another reason to read some of Simon Baron-Cohen’s materials. He wrote several materials on how you can understand and communicate effectively with an autistic child.

 

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