Parenting

Disciplining Children who Have Autism

Choosing the way you are going to discipline your children could be one of the most difficult decisions that you will ever make. The decision becomes even more difficult when deciding how to discipline children who have autism.

One important point to always keep in mind is to use discipline only when it is the direct result of the children’s behaviors and reactions.  Be clear on what behaviors and reactions you expect from children, so they know what is expected from them.  The best thing you can do is to follow wrong behaviors with immediate consequences. Here are some tips you can use for disciplining children with autism.

First, you need to have scale. Don’t stick to one punishment like sending children to their rooms after every wrong behavior. Include in this scale different punishments for each reaction.  Be clear on what the children can expect from you if their behavior is not correct. Stay calm.

Consistency is the key to disciplining your child. If someone else is responsible for disciplining your child, make sure that he/she does it the same way like you do.

Physical punishment like spanking or hitting children should never be a punishment for children, whether or not they are autistic. Consistency should always be followed, even in public. Besides that, keep in mind that autistic children are like a sponge for the events that happen around them. When they see you hitting, they will absorb it. It is not a good thing to say ”Do as I say, don’t do as I do.’

Lastly, never give up hope if the methods that you choose don’t work. While the times are passing, you will grow to know your children and know what methods work best for them.  Every child is different.

Disciplining children will be difficult, especially if the children have autism, but it does not mean that you cannot make it work. It will be easier if you keep the right tips and methods in mind to guide you.

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