A guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurological development disorder that typically begins in one’s early childhood and lasts throughout a person’s life. The condition affects how a person acts and interacts with fellow people where communication and learning are foreseen as major developmental problems. While all children are unique and have their methods of learning and developing, children with autism require additional support and guidance. In a research conducted by Autism Speaks, 1 in every 59 children are detected with autism spectrum disorder. Although this disorder can be detected as early as the age of 2, people do not typically detect the condition at least till the age of 4. This blog will serve as an essential guide to parents who are looking out for a few tips that will help their children learn better.
Create a structured environment
Children with autism are more comfortable when they follow a more structured routine with little or no deviations from the ongoing schedule. It is always advisable to make sure that the learning environment and the lessons taught are structured in a particular format where teachers and educators can impart maximum knowledge and application.
Make communication effective
Adopting unique and creative communication techniques can help children with ASD as they require a special teaching method. These methods can help them adapt, learn better while maintaining their attention. Some learning centers use sign languages for children with low speech skill.
Use visual aids
Visuals are always an important aspect of teaching young children as they are mostly very restless and have a low attention span. Educators, teachers and parents are advised to incorporate line drawing, language building picture cards, photographs and stickers within daily activities as this will help them to grasp faster and better.
Encourage social interactions
Primarily, children with ASD need to develop the knowledge and skills to interact socially irrespective of the environment (both home and at school). Although kids with autism may not be very keen on interacting with their peers, it is always necessary to encourage social behavior and motivate them to initiate conversations with their classmates.
Be aware of sensory troubles
Children with ASD are generally oversensitive or under-sensitive to sensory inputs that perhaps parents may not notice in the primary stages. For instance, you may notice that some scents like perfume, scented candles, the noise of electric appliances, and echoes from areas can seem to bother them. This can sometimes lead to extreme reactions. Hence, it is always advisable to be mindful of their reactions and act accordingly.
At our Evolve Brain Training Center, we offer treatments for Autistic children in the form of neurofeedback sessions. Unlike other drug and medication-induced treatments, this is a non-invasive method where the brain will understand its behavior during the sessions and correct them. For more details and information on this type of treatment, get in touch with us today.
Dr. Upasana Gala is the founder and CEO of Evolve Brain Training, a Neurofeedback centered institute that focuses on using non-invasive brain training techniques to maximize the brain's true potential.