When it comes to raising a child with autism, it can be challenging for parents without proper support. We always say ‘it takes a village’, which mostly pertains to having a strong group of ancillary parties who care about your child. This can and should include friends, relatives, therapists, and school officials – basically anyone who is consistently involved in your child’s life.
However, even with this idea in mind, it is important to maintain proper learning techniques and routines across the board. Children with autism thrive on consistency, so if someone who works with them often is not up to speed on their autism services programming, they can cause some confusion or slow their progress even though their intentions are good. Thus, we recommend learning how to properly educate your family and anyone else who will be working with your loved one.
Though every child and family with a child diagnosed with ASD is in a unique situation, there are some key elements to providing support for people with autism that have been proven to work in most cases. It does not matter whether the person is a blood relative, friend, or even hired help; everyone should be on the same page in terms of your plan and any professionally prescribed treatment.
The first thing to make sure of is that all parties who work with your child stay within the routines you have developed. Communication with your support group is vital to making sure they react appropriately when your child is in a difficult social or education situation. If the wrong type of response is displayed, it can decrease valuable progress in regard to specific behaviors.
Most importantly, being an ally with a positive attitude and patience in all environments will be the best way to support your child. We can’t expect all of our friends and family to be perfect in their knowledge and response, but we can educate them and ask them to follow the plan.
While we will always impart that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment, there have been several that are clinically proven to be more effective for the type of behavioral results sought after in modern ASD treatment.
If you are looking to enroll your child in a type of treatment or therapy, we recommend considering looking into ABA (applied behavioral analysis). ABA is one of the most prevalent and successful therapies today, and uses data points in relation to common behaviors in order to track change. A huge pro to ABA is that there is programming built in to help parents integrate their family and friends into a support group. This specifically allows for your loved one to get early intervention treatment via specific ABA implementations from a diverse group of allies.
One of the other strong characteristics of ABA therapy is that it works so well in conjunction with other forms of concurrent treatment for behaviors often affected by autism. These include:
ABA therapy might not ultimately be the route that you and your family choose, but we strongly advise consulting with a professional therapist who includes it as an option in their suite of treatments. With all the positive data on its efficacy, we believe it to be one of the most inclusive and long-term effective treatments for your loved one.
In order to supplement the best BCBA-led therapy and integrate your support group into your personalized treatment plan, here are some quick tips that have proven to be helpful:
At Ally Pediatric Therapy, we aim to provide the best environment for ASD families to thrive. This includes specific programming for a strong support group, and we specialize in helping parents create the appropriate boundaries within a unique therapy plan.
If you are looking to build a better future for you and your child, reach out for a free consultation today; we’d love to help.