Autistic kids are not disabled, they are differently abled

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that disrupts the brain development of a child at an early stage in life. Autism impairs the child of his/her ability to effectively behave, communicate and socialize with the rest of the world. Imagine if a child cannot enjoy the basic essence of childhood and has to deal with a social stigma*stigma*
➤ (n) the apical end of the style where deposited pollen enters the pistil
➤ (n) a symbol of disgrace or infamy
➤ (n) an external tracheal aperture in a terrestrial arthropod
➤ (n) a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease
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of a disorder which he/she is not aware of? Every child is special and is entitled to all the love, affection, respect and social acceptance. It is extremely heart wrecking to even think of the plight of the parents who have to see their autistic kids with the condition for lifetime with no absolute cure.

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Here are a few tips for you as a parent to help your autistic child:

  1. Be optimistic and educate yourself: The first thing to be borne in mind is that you have to be the strength of your child. So educate yourself about the developmental milestones of children. It’s extremely important to understand the difference between normal developments and otherwise. Monitor your child’s activities to keep a track of his/her emotional, physical, linguistic, behavioral and social achievements.
  2. Stay away from audio visual devices: Today, technological advancements have brought in electronic gadgets at every doorstep. The usage of I-pad, I-pod, I-phones, smart phones and the like kinds should not be encouraged much but emphasis can be laid on interactive toys with flashing lights, rhymes and music. Usage of gadgets can hamper the cognitive*cognitive*
    ➤ (a) of or being or relating to or involving cognition
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    development of the babies as per experts.
  3. Home cooked food is vital: Processed foods may not be a good option.
  4. Ensure that the child attempts to socialize: Admit your child to a playschool to stimulate cognitive*cognitive*
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    learning. Activities in playgroup are conducted with the help of colorful toys with varied shapes and sizes. Such initiatives will surely foster brain development. Keep interacting with your child. Interaction encourages social behavior which is quintessential for behavioral development.
  5. Adhere to therapies at home: Therapies like Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) are considered to be one of the best therapies in treating Autism. Parents, caregivers or the playgroup teachers have to practice the techniques of these therapies to help the child in his/ her learning and developmental journey.

Every dark cloud has a silver lining and so is Autism. Though there is no absolute cure for this condition but there are treatments available to manage this condition for a lifetime.