Guide on helping with autism abroad

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The number of people diagnosed with autism has dramatically increased since the 1960s. Even though every person on the autism spectrum should have a special individual approach there is some advice that can apply to everyone. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges and that need to be treated on time and in a proper way.

To benefit individuals on the spectrum the best is to: find professional help, learn her/him essential skills, form routine, provide positive messages, and develop social thinking. Each step is important and it can allow individuals to fit into the environment and feel good in the company of other people.

Skilled support and services are extremely important but not easy to get. However, many institutions abroad are offering professional help autistic people need. Many people these days are looking for autism help in Dubai.

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Professional help

Giving autistic people professional help in the early stadium of life is extremely important. Researches showed that children with autism spectrum disorder diagnosed by age 3 with individualized education programs have bigger chances to lead independent lives, but are yet to be an active part of a community. 

Since still there is no cure for ASD it’s extremely important to find proper treatment services. Cognitive skills training can help kids to improve the quality of their life in the future. Proper treatments usually include social training skills, education interventions, diet modification, medications, and psychotherapy. Even though there is no cure for ASD professionals can help 

People with this disorder improve their mental skills and have happier lives. These days brain training techniques are especially successful. 

Essential skills

Traits like poor social skills, eccentric behavior, sensitivity to light, sound and smell stimuli, lack of empathy, and many others can make an independent life for autistic individuals almost impossible. Those are some skills specialists abroad are developing with children and young people on the autism spectrum:

  • Simple actions

With good trainers kids can learn basic stuff like going to the toilet, brushing teeth and getting dressed easily. Holding activities like this every day at the same time can make their daily routine important for their self-confidence and time organization. Trainers abroad use techniques that include breaking down everyday tasks into small steps or teaching children through games how to complete tasks.

  • Advocating needs

This skill is important especially in the period of transition from school to adulthood. Those requests can be simple as asking for a certain type of food or explanation on what upsets them (noise, bright lights, a certain smell, etc.) to more complex things like letting college professors know what their communication needs are. 

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Routine

It’s not a secret that people on the autism spectrum like routine and repetitive schedules. Anything that pops out of the usual routine can cause anxiety or even tantrums. Developmental pediatricians and child psychologists advise trainers and parents to help autistic children to have a predetermined routine daily. They give them a sense of security and build self-esteem and confidence. Also, many children are avoiding homework

Positive messages

Some people on the autism spectrum are non-verbal, but that doesn’t mean they don’t understand what people are saying around them. Try to make all messages positive and give the effort to expose them to stressful situations as little as possible. Peaceful environment with people who understand their needs and behavior can give autistic people more benefit than any therapy.

Developing calming strategies is an important part of a routine to reduce anxiety. Those tactics should be done before a person on the autism spectrum starts feeling emotionally overwhelmed. Those tactics could include breathing exercises, repeating verses, or calming words over and over again. 

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Thinking socially

It’s known that individuals on the autism spectrum are being literal and not reading non-verbal clues. That’s causing difficulties in everyday communication, especially when it comes to making friends and maintaining casual talk. Experts all over the world are working on developing autism communication strategies. For achieving positive results it is important to give a person a perspective on another person’s feelings and thoughts. Here are some tips on how to do that:

  • While watching a movie or when looking at photos of people, ask questions about what he/she thinks, how someone feels, what they think, and what are their intentions. Put them in other people’s shoes and let them explain how they concluded. 
  • Individuals on the autism spectrum need to learn how to think socially and sooner is better. The best possible way for doing that is to support them to make interactions with other people and help them to develop social skills and routines.

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