How All Members Of The Family Can Help

How All Members of the Family Can Help

There are many organizations, including government departments, ready to help the child diagnosed with autism and their parents cope with the trauma caused by autism. Family members are the most important source of help. All family members can support the child and parent in many different ways. Here are some major activities that can be very supportive to the child with autism and the parents.

Moral Support

     Discovering a child has autism can be a traumatic situation, so mental and sympathetic support is very important for the family to cope with the impact of the shock.  Immediate and extended family members can provide support and help produce a sympathetic and encouraging environment.

Special Family Activities

    Special social and family programs should be developed by the family to keep the child with ASD and his or her parents engaged in healthy activities. This will boost their positive energy and, thus, their inner tolerance level.

Outdoor Activities

    Family members can arrange outdoor trips to the zoo, or a scenic place for a picnic, or a visit to places of natural beauty to increase the health and positive energy of the child with autism and his or her parents.

Education and Training

    Family members can learn about autism through training and seminars or online support available from different NGOs and institutions and, thus, support the parents of the child diagnosed with autism by providing them with a better understanding of autism and its therapies and treatments.

Educational Outings

    Family members can support the child and his or her parents by engaging them in healthy social activities, such as going to the library, bookstores, or seminars, or giving the parents some time to take a rest and perform the responsibilities of the parents for them.

You can also provide some rest and relaxation for the parents of the child diagnosed with autism by creating a stress-free and relaxing atmosphere for them. This may include serving them coffee or taking them for a walk to the market or park.

References:

http://understandingautism.org/uaorg_0REALITY/UAORG_4self.html

http://www.answers-about-autism.info/autism-affects-the-whole-family.html

http://center.careforautism.info/autism-sibling-rivalry-how-brothers-and-sisters-can-cope-with-autistic-family-members.html

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