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  • Writer's pictureSarah Lewis, M.Ed., BCBA

A Word to Parents

Updated: Apr 17, 2023

As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), I work closely with families and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to help them develop essential skills and behaviors. If you are a parent of a child with ASD, you are not alone in this journey. It can be challenging to understand and navigate the various therapies and interventions available, so I am writing this blog post to provide some guidance and advice.

Toddler girl with autism near 61021 receiving ABA therapy

  • Early intervention is key

Research has shown that early intervention is critical for children with ASD. It is essential to start treatment as soon as possible, ideally before the age of three, to maximize your child's potential for progress. Interventions such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can be effective in helping your child develop communication, social, and adaptive skills.

School-aged child with autism thriving and learning

  • Be consistent and persistent

Consistency is key when it comes to helping children with ASD. Consistent routines and structures can help them feel more secure and reduce anxiety. Persistence is also important in helping your child develop new skills. It may take some time and effort, but with consistency and persistence, you can help your child make progress.

Autism family celebrating Christmas in Dixon, Illinois

  • Celebrate progress

It's essential to celebrate even small progress that your child makes. Acknowledging their efforts and accomplishments can motivate them to continue working towards their goals. Celebrate progress and small milestones with your child, which will help them feel proud and motivated to continue making progress.

Happy family involved in caregiver training services through ABA therapy

  • Involve the whole family

Children with ASD thrive in an environment that is consistent and predictable. Therefore, it is crucial to involve the entire family in your child's therapy and treatment plan. This way, everyone is on the same page, and your child can benefit from a consistent approach across all environments.

Working mom learning about ASD with autistic child

  • Stay informed

The field of autism treatment is continually evolving, and new research is being conducted all the time. As a parent, it is essential to stay informed about the latest therapies and interventions available. Stay in contact with your child's therapists, attend conferences and workshops as you are able, and read up on the latest research to stay informed and better advocate for your child.

Hard-working mom taking time for self-care

  • Take care of yourself

Being a parent of a child with ASD can be challenging, and it's essential to take care of yourself. Remember to prioritize self-care and take breaks when you need them. Seek support from family, friends, and professionals when you need it, and remember that you are not alone.

Raising a child with ASD can be challenging, but with the right tools, support, and mindset, you can help your child reach their full potential. Remember to celebrate progress, involve the whole family, stay informed, and prioritize self-care. With persistence and consistency, you can make a positive impact on your child's life.

Disclaimer: this post does not contain treatment recommendations as a professional relationship has not been established. For children whom the Autism Center has not directly observed, there is not enough information to make any specific treatment recommendation as treatment recommendations would be based on a subjective report of the child’s behavior. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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