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Importance Of Early Intervention For Better Autism Therapy

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Autism is not a rare disorder, and it affects many people all over the world. There is no known cause or cure for the disorder; however, there are studies that prove that early intervention can make a difference to a child’s development. Early intervention for children with autism can give the child with autism higher intelligence, improved social skills, and allows the child to become independent in the future.

Why Is Early Intervention Important?

Autism can be found in a child at the age of two to three years old. From the perspective of neuroscience, early intervention gives a better opportunity for the child’s developing brain to change. It also helps the child stop behavioral tantrums that may often occur when the child is disturbed by something or someone. The habit of having tantrums can be avoided through early intervention, but as you continue to delay their treatment, they may be difficult to change their habits that may be found in children with autism.

Children at an early age often learn new things much quicker by observing and imitating others. It’s natural for a child to imitate other’s actions in order to engage with them in healthy play. However, children with autism tend to be more focused on objects and activities that will only interest them. They will not likely imitate others and interact because of the lack of interest.

Placing a child with autism in a group of kids to play will not help the child with autism. For children with autism, playing needs to be broken down in order for them to fully comprehend what it means to play. Social skills are also a factor, as most children with autism tend to be shy about interacting with strangers.

What To Expect When Sending Your Child To Therapy

Children with autism learn best through small repeated steps and consistently practicing on those steps every session. For example, if a therapist teaches your child how to share their toy, it may take around four to five sessions depending on the child’s progress. Even complex skills such as conversing and interacting with someone may need to have more steps to allow the child to learn the skill.

Don’t expect too much on each session; let your child take it slow. Your child’s interest should always be taken into account and getting that can be a difficult task even for an experienced therapist. Picking the right program should be discussed by you and the therapist. Giving the therapist as much detail on what interests your child can have a better chance of choosing a the right therapy for your child. Progress will always be present so long as the child is introduced to the therapy as early as possible.

Helpful Activities For Kids With Autism

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Having a child with autism can be difficult and you as their parent should always be there to help them. It’s true that getting help from professional therapists can help treat your child better and get them to be sociable by the time they reach school age. However, you shouldn’t solely rely on the sessions for your kid to grow. You can also have an input in the development of your child and have an autism therapy at home. This not only allows you to interact with your child, it also strengthens your relationship bond which is really what your child needs.

Activities That Helps Build Your Relationship Bonds With Your Child

1.  Activities you can do with your 1 to 4 years old child

Singing songs is often one of the best activities children love to do. The main chorus of songs is often what attracts children with autism to listen. You can also use music to get them through their tantrums or use songs to dress or feed themselves. You can also use their favorite song to reward them for something they have achieved or if they no longer do activities that are less desirable.

Blowing bubbles is another activity that you can use to help your child’s sensory skill. Pointing at the bubbles and making your reactions when a bubble pops can get your child’s attention. As you continue to do this activity, you will eventually develop joint attention with your child; this is important and difficult to achieve in children with autism.

2. When your child reaches preschool and kindergarten

Many children with autism find it difficult to interact socially with other children. There are a lot of factors that can distract them as their senses are slower than other children. The change in their environment can also be a factor that can be challenging for your child. During this time, the best activity you should give your child is to get them into advanced behavioral analysis with professional therapists.

You can also help your child by introducing him or her to your friend’s children. However, you should not let them play alone; you must still be play with them since you will be your child’s guide. A fun game of tag or cops and robbers is a perfect game for your child to experience interacting with other children. You can even ask the other children to play charades and simply allow them to mimic animals. This gives your child a great view of how other children will not be as bad when he or she is in school.

Sandplay Therapy By Professional Therapists

Although playing with your child is good treatment, it still is better to have an expert therapist help out. Sandplay therapy is usually nonverbal and makes use of a sandbox. Toys are placed in the box and the therapist allows the child to build something with those toys. In most cases, the child will build something that represents the child’s inner thoughts or feelings. This can also be used with talk therapy and instead of verbally talking, the toys are used as the communication tools.

Once a sandplay therapist sees the world the child has built, the therapist will then try to understand how the child sees our world today. This will guide the therapist on what the child is going through and may be able to give solutions or suggestions to the child by showing the similarities between their world and the real world.  This therapy is a great tool to help you understand your child and know how developed your child’s creative skills are.