Did you know that autistic-like behaviours do not necessarily mean your child has autism?
Did you know that autistic-like behaviours
- do not necessarily mean your child has autism?
- are all human behaviours, that make sense and are very common?
- can often change, when we understand what is really going on to create these difficulties?
Autism can be a hopeful condition and children with autistic-like behaviours or an autism diagnosis can make good progress, provided family-centred feelingful support at home comes early enough, is well enough informed and actively involves parents as active partners in our therapeutic efforts.
Don’t give up! There IS another way. With deeper understanding, there’s always a lot that can be done!
A developmental approach to autism addresses the whole child (not just his autism) in the context of his/her family through developmentally appropriate play and communication, so s/he can climb the developmental ladder towards loving relationships, playful interaction, symbolic play and language. Autistic behaviours can be understood as the result of underlying issues or confusions to do with self-regulation, perception, affect, movement and relatedness, and therefore with a great potential for change and developmental progress.
Parents are the most important agents for change:
Parents are the natural experts on their child and therefore the logical and most important agents for change. Where parents are actively involved with their child at home and receive sufficient guidance and support that comes early enough and is well enough informed, a child can make a lot of progress provided appropriate guidance
- comes early and is intensive enough
- uses interactive joyful play within warm emotionally reciprocal relationships
- with parents in attentive 1-1 interaction and a focus on non-verbal gestural communication
- at home and before full-time school or group-care
- in a well-organised thoughtful home-environment with supportive daily rhythms and routines
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