Caring for any child can be challenging, but autism childcare can be very different to your typical routine. There are many considerations that need to be taken into account.
So, how should you plan out your day? And, more importantly, what can be done to ensure the child you are looking after is happy and content.
It is well known that people with autism thrive on consistency. That’s why it is so important to relay what your child learns at school at home, and vice-versa.
The best way of ensuring that this is happening is to find out what the child’s therapists are doing and to practice this at home. These techniques can be sign language to communicate or particular play methods that suit the child well.
Another great way to ensure the child feels consistency in their life is to create a schedule and stick to it. It is no secret that children with ASD tend to cope with their outside environments much better if they are able to stick to a strict schedule.
Home Safety Zone
Another increasingly popular technique for helping autistic children to feel safe is to create a ‘home safety zone’. This is a small space in the child’s home where they are able to go to feel relaxed and secure.
Many times, it can include sensory toys and lights that help the child feel comfortable in their surroundings. And, coloured tape is a great way to mark this out. A simple yet effective trick, tape outlines clear spaces that the child is allowed in or is not.
Make Time For Fun
When attempting to create a safe, happy learning environment, it can be easy to forget that every child loves to have fun. So, in your autism childcare routine, why not carve out a little time to play games?
It is a great idea to schedule playtime for when the child is most awake and, therefore, engaged. And remember, just like all of us, the child is most likely to have a good time if the games you are playing are nothing like work.
It can be difficult to care for an autistic child with no external help, advice, or support.
So, it is vital that you seek out areas where the child feels safe and happy, and where you can have some much-needed rest. ASD support groups are an excellent way to meet other people facing the same challenges that you are.
Or, for a longer break, respite care might be a great option. This care allows another caregiver to take over your responsibilities for a short period of time, so you can focus on being the best you can be when your child returns.