Jun 22, 2010

Sharing Autism Info

How to Interact with Autistic Kids, shared by Kelab Anak Autisme. This simple guide should be taught and practiced as it will greatly help our special ones in communicating with us.

1: Discuss them when they are NOT present
Talking about these kids in front of them can be hurtful especially if the comments given are negative. I think this rule is not only relevant to the autistic children but also to the typical child. It can be pretty damaging to their self esteem when you talked about them as if they do not exist (when they are actually there with you).

These children may have verbal difficulties or even non-verbal but that does not give you the license to mistreat them. Remember, they UNDERSTAND and are fully AWARE of what's happening around them. So, if u have to talk about them, do it when they are NOT around. Otherwise, say only positive things and encouragement, also, acknowledge them in your conversation.

2: Don't ask, tell
Avoid questions, give out statements. Simple, precise and EASY to understand sentences are what these children need. If you give questions, not only they have problems answering, they will normally repeat your questions back at you. If you give statements, your statements will give them options and prompt them to respond. Demonstrate if you have to. Remember, actions speak LOUDER than words.

You can try teaching them to answer simple questions but you will have to script out the answers for them i.e. it will be like programming a 'robot' to answer a question. Personally, I think autistic children needs to learn how to answer basic questions like, What is your name? or How old are you? and Where do you live? The answers to these are very important especially during emergency cases.

3: Wait
When you communicate with an autistic, please wait for a few seconds or even minutes before they respond to your questions. They need time to think before they react, respond or reply.

4: One voice at a time
One person talks at a time. No interruptions from third party. Give them space to digest whatever input that is given to them. Too many voices/command will only confuse them and delay their understanding.

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