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Understanding Your Child’s Behavior

When your child has autism, bonding with them can become a strenuous task.  The often-misread signals and the lack of communication can put a toll on the relationship you have with your child. But once you know your child has autism, it becomes easier to nurture the relationship and understand the many ways you can help him.

We often hear that autism is a “spectrum disorder,” but what does that mean? What makes a disorder a “spectrum disorder” is the variation of severity and symptoms from case to case¾ in other words, every case is unique.  It’s important to remember to always have your child diagnosed by a professional and follow through on recommendations for therapy and treatment.

For more information about autism and how it can be treated or diagnosed, contact MindWorks at 956-972-0407.

Behaviors

There are different causes and types of behaviors, which are often classified into categories.  In order to be able to understand your child, it is important that you identify what category your child’s behavior falls under. Here are the most common behaviors children with autism adopt:

  • A child might move in certain ways repeatedly in order to provide his body with motion stimulus.
  • For communication purposes, a child might engage certain behaviors.  Since they have a difficult time communicating verbally, they opt for facial expressions or other signals such as throwing something on the floor.
  • Avoidant behaviors occur when a child finds an action or behavior that can get him out of an undesired situation.
  • Some children are more sensitive to their surroundings. For instance, if a child’s routine or furniture in the room is changed, he/she might throw a tantrum.  This behavior is triggered by their sensitivity to environmental change.

Once you understand the behavior of a child, this should not be seen as negative.  Rather use it as a tool to help him/her communicate.

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Remember that interacting with your child is important for the relationship you have with him. For more information about autistic behavior and how to treat it, contact MindWorks at 956-972-0407.