Autism is a growing concern for parents in the United States, as well as worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more and more kids are being born with this awful neurological disease. To be precise, 20 out of every 1,000 kids was diagnosed with autism last year, a nine percent increase from people who were being diagnosed with this horrible disorder four years ago.
Autism is a neurological disorder that affects the brain and is seen in children as early as three years of age, when their brain is still in its developmental stages. Autism can affect a person in many ways, including the way they can relate and empathizes to other, making it difficult for them to form relationships, as well as their social a d communication abilities and cognitive skills. One of the more severe symptoms of autism is the violent and dramatic tantrums that autistic children can have.
Whether it happens in public or in the privacy of your own home, dealing with an autistic person’s tantrum and rage can be scary and challenging. While you cannot always prevent these outbursts, there are ways that you can equip yourself so that you are more prepared to handle them.
It is always important to make sure that you are acting sensitively toward the autistic person’s needs. Sometimes, a tantrum is just a result of frustration because the autistic person does not know how to express themselves in any other way. Pay close attention to their needs, especially to what you think they are trying to tell you. Also, be sure to be patient with them as you try to figure out what the problem is or what they might want or need.
Much like normal children, autistic children will throw fits simply because they are not getting their way. It is important that you do not give in to these tantrums so that you can keep the kid quiet because they will learn that this technique works and will do it more and more. Kids with autism have great trouble understanding boundaries and why they are not able to have something. Be sure that you explain to them clearly and in a way that they understand why they cannot have the candy, autism products or other item at that time.
Sometimes the only solution you have is to ignore the tantrum. This can be difficult to do, especially if you are in a public place, but sometimes it is wise to not reward negative behavior with additional attention. Make sure the autistic child is not hurting themselves or others and once they see they are not getting the desired attention, the tantrum will quiet down.
You should not avoid punishing them. Though negative reinforcement is not always a good technique to use on autistic kids, a lot of them are very smart and understand when they are being punished. Try a time out or taking their toys away from them. Explain why you are doing the punishment in as simple terms as possible, making sure that they understand you completely.
In rare instances, you will also need to use restraints on the autistic child for their own safety, as well as the safety of others. Get behind them and hold their arms close to their body so they cannot hit you or throw things.
Dealing with an autistic tantrum can be difficult, but it can be done. Just be sure to take these steps in dealing with the tantrum and modify them when needed.