However, the things you have heard are mostly whispers, hearsays, and stereotypes. However, they are nothing compared to the actual disease.
In reality, if you are willing to give Autism Spectrum Disorder a chance, then there are chances that you will be able to manage it.
Autism is something that is detected the most when a patient is a child, and then it continues as you age.
Thus, it is important to start preparing the child to balance their lifestyle along for adulthood because you as a parent won’t be able to help and support them all the time.
Here are some of the ways in which a lifestyle change can actually help someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
What Are The Early Signs Of ASD?
If your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder, the wise thing to do would be to check for the symptoms at a young age.
If you do that, you will be able to consult a doctor as soon as possible and get everything ready for the purpose of preparation.
Early preparation will give you the upper hand in the future and the socialization of the child.
- No eye contact or will keep very little eye contact.
- Will not pay attention or lack of enthusiasm towards objects or events the parent is pointing at.
- The child will have no response towards the parents when they smile at them or experiment with other facial expressions.
- Like every other normal child, they will not pay attention to events or get a parent to pay attention.
- Many differ in what an appropriate facial expression of a child might look like.
- Not likely to carry objects of any personal interest to display in front of a parent.
- Very much not likely to project any concern or any form of empathy towards others.
- Has certain difficulty in understanding what others could be thinking or feeling by just studying their facial expressions.
- Has difficulty in befriending others and keeping them as friends
Creating A Balanced Lifestyle That Can Assist With Autism
Here are some of the ways in which you could create a healthy and balanced lifestyle for anyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
1. Mealtimes Are Fixed
Children with ASD will always have an issue with mealtimes.
They shouldn’t be subjected to busy dining hours, too many bright lights, or even the position of the furniture arrangement. Yes, they might sound trivial, but they could cause stress among people with autism.
Making the meal times as predictable as possible can help reduce that stress.
2. Get A Dietician Along With Your Doctor
Whether they have autism or not, most children can be choosy about the food items they eat.
You should get a dietician who can identify the issue with some item and give an alternative or speak to a doctor about incorporating a nutritional supplement into your child’s diet. Any kind of nutritional risks resulting from how your child eats should be avoided.
Neither should you force someone with autism to eat something they do not wish to.
3. Find The Discomforts & Keep Them Away
A child with autism will have many discomforts.
These are included but are not limited to someone embracing them the way they do not want to, eating an item that makes them sick, or even the color of the walls.
Pay extra attention to these signs and try your best to keep them away.
4. Regular Social Activities
Your child should be included in regular social activities.
Gradually introduce the outside world to them, and ensure that they remain in their comfort zone.
If they are going to the park, they do not have to befriend everyone. Just one person will do it for now.
5. Healthy Sleep Cycle
A healthy sleep cycle will always ensure that the child is kept under routine!
They can already suffer from some sleeping disorders like insomnia because of their condition. Thus, helping them get into a steady sleep pattern will be of great help.
Make Time For Fun!
Yes, routine is required! However, do not make their lives completely miserable by restricting them. Allow them to have fun at the same time. Whatever their definition of fun is!