Let your child work off steam. Physical activity including walking and running are very beneficial.
Get your child involved in a sport they enjoy.
Yoga and breathing exercises are amazing stress busters too.
Pay close attention to what your child is trying to tell you
One of my students finds studies extremely difficult.
He has completed his 12th grade, but may not be able to study further (at present).
He enjoys connecting with people and is a hard worker.
What’s the harm in finding him a job that supports his skill set?
Once he feels competent, he can pursue further studies if he likes.
We may be focused on ‘one right way.’
Our children are here to teach us much more.
It’s not easy to deal with the stress our children experience.
The first step is to determine that you can resolve it.
Then work on the steps systematically.
“Don’t think that there’s a different, better child ‘hiding’ behind the autism. This is your child. Love the child in front of you. Encourage his strengths, celebrate his quirks, and improve his weaknesses, the way you would with any child. You may have to work harder on some of this, but that’s the goal.”
Kamini Lakhani is the founder and director of SAI Connections. She has been providing services in the field of autism for more than 20 years and is the authorized director of Professional Training for RDI in India and the Middle East. She is also the mother of a young adult with autism.