Parenting a child with autism can be both challenging and rewarding for parents. Most of the parenting tips available are geared toward resources for mothers, but less emphasis is given to the fathers.The following tips are offered for all the dads that experience the obstacles and joys of raising a child with special needs. Happy Father’s Day!
Be your own expert on your child.Be open to the different forms of treatment available, but also be cautious of “non-evidenced based” treatments that seem too good to be true.
Create a team.There will be many caregivers and providers involved in your child’s life. It is best to gather as much information from all sources (including your spouse!) to best help and understand your child.
Be a teacher.Teach your family about Autism and how it affects your child specifically.
Be proud.Be proud of your child’s accomplishments, no matter how small you may think they are.
Embrace your child’s differences.Your child is unique. Embrace his/her differences. The term autism does not define your child and encompasses various characteristics and behaviors that may or may not apply to your child specifically.
Let your child lead the way.Take the time to learn about your child’s interests and engage in activities that he or she likes to do.
Be consistent.Children respond positively to consistency, so try to establish basic routines and expectations when you are with your child that he or she can count on.
Set realistic expectations.Expect the best from your child; do not compare him/her to others.
Be present.Interact with your child as much as possible when you are with him/her. Not only will it build a stronger relationship, but you never know what you may teach them!
Acknowledge your accomplishments.It won’t always be easy, but it will be worth it. Take time to acknowledge the progress you and your family have made.Father’s Day is a time to honor our fathers. So take a moment to reflect on all that you have done. Your family appreciates you, today and everyday, and your child looks up to you whether you realize it or not. Do not hesitate to view our many resources for even more beneficial information.Tags: children with autism tips, fathers of children with autism, parenting tips for autism