WISDOM
When Caring For A Person With Autism

08/08/2011

Remember the person with autism is first of all a real person. Treat the person the way you would like to be treated.

  • Remember that non-verbal people can hear.
  • Please accept that we are doing our best.
  • We enormously need support and encouragement. The most helpful expression communicates, “You are doing a great job. This is not easy, and we see that. How can we be helpful?”

Considerations when interacting with people with autism:

  • Do not speak in a baby voice.
  • Do not speak overly slowly or loudly.
  • Try not to frame everything in a question. If a person is non-verbal or minimally verbal, framing everything in a question can be hard.
  • Talk to the person about things that interest them. If you do not know what interests the person, ask the parents. They know.

Be aware that sometimes people with autism make noises that are unusual. Generally, they can’t help it. It is best to just carry on without drawing attention. Also, people with autism often have “self-stimulatory” behaviors such as jumping, flapping, and particular eye movements. They are just part of autism, and it is kind to not make a big deal about them.

Above suggestions by Krista Mason, mother of an autistic child and founder of Benjamin’s Hope.

Listen to the show (5 minutes in length each):
A Silent Epidemic
For a Moment Imagine 
Benjamin’s Hope

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