Being a parent of a child with any sort of physical or mental obstacle can be a lot of work, and often require a ton of research to learn exactly how to parent them adequately. When parenting a child with autism, there is no handbook or two children that respond the same to various day to day activities. Some children may be completely nonverbal, or suffer from tantrums throughout the day, making patience a necessary effort from Mom and Dad. Since there are so many variances in functionality levels from child to child under the autism spectrum, experimenting is vital. We as their parents don’t know what may set them off, or what may provide them a safe environment that encourages them exercise more communication. While routines are generally welcome for autistic kiddos, every once in a while trying something new to see their reaction is totally worth it to help you connect with your son or daughter.
Every child has likes and dislikes; perhaps it’s painting, reading, or being in the water, whatever your child favors, make a day of it. Surprise them with a new art set, or Legos, or dollhouse. It shows them you’ve paid attention to what they enjoy, and gives them something they find comfort in to do for an afternoon with Mom or Dad. This can also be used by siblings to encourage interaction by doing something the child loves.