If your child has been diagnosed with autism, you may have a number of different questions about this disorder and the ways to cope with the challenges it can present. It is important to work with a doctor who will take the time to answer all of your questions, since every child will have unique needs that will not have a one-size-fits-all solution. Below, you can see a few of the questions you might discuss with your child’s pediatrician or psychologist to guide you to the right solutions for managing autism symptoms.
How can I encourage communication skills in my child?
Communication is not only a challenge for children with autism, but it may be a tough barrier for parents too. It can be hard for parents to feel close to their children who do not frequently engage in conversation, so you might work with the doctor to explore communication strategies that work for your family.
Can my child attend a regular school?
Schooling decisions will vary, depending on how much difficulty your child has with social and behavioral skills. When children participate in applied behavioral analysis therapy, they are more likely to build the constructive habits needed to succeed in the regular school environment. If your doctor does not advise regular school for your child, you will want to ask about alternative solutions that can ensure a good education.
Are there ways to help my child get more sleep at night?
Autism is often associated with difficulty sleeping, which may be controlled through a more consistent sleep schedule and exercise routine. There are a number of factors that can influence sleep, so work with your doctor to explore the best strategies for encouraging better sleep at night, which can in turn reduce daytime crankiness.
With The Behavior Exchange in Plano, you and your child can learn productive methods for coping with the challenges of autism spectrum disorders utilizing proven therapies and social activities. To learn more about our programs for toddlers and school age children, give us a call at (888) 716-8084.