Autism is a spectrum, meaning one case of autism can be different from the next. Autism is caused by different causes as well.
Signs of autism among children may include difficulty making eye contact, challenges in communication, repetitive behaviors and even explosive behaviors when a routine is disrupted.
Bright Horizon Homes provides developmental disability care services in Alaska. To help families with loved ones diagnosed with autism, we have gathered facts and a few tips on taking care of your loved one with autism.
- Autism is continuous and so until adulthood, one can have autism. But this doesn’t hinder achievements, success, or even, independent living
With consideration of autism being a spectrum—some cases are less severe than others—education, professional care, and support help develop independence during the transition to adulthood.
- Cultivation of a supportive environment is important
Like all other individuals, being diagnosed with autism does not ultimately impair functioning. Maintain the habit of encouragement and patience even when you’re dealing with older adults with autism.
- When asking questions, it’s important to get straight to the point
Instead of asking how one is feeling, you can instead ask if he/she feels pain perhaps in the stomach, the back, head, etc. Specificity is important since individuals with autism have difficulty in reading between the lines of what you might mean.
- Take note of triggers that might rile them up
Noise, colors, movements, particular objects—it could be anything. Be mindful and help them avoid these triggers as much as possible. It’s also good to inform others beforehand about these things.
- Seek therapy
Behavioral therapy helps improvement with interaction and overall navigation with the social world. Through therapy, improvement in communication can be possible. Other types of therapy also help with the establishment of routine tasks such as self-care that can be done independently.
Our services are open to residential homes in Wasilla, Alaska. If you have a loved one in mind you’d want us to help you out with, you can call us at 907-357-2233. For more information, tips, and other articles related to developmental disabilities, visit www.brighthorizonhomes.com/developmental-disability-care-blog.