Making friendships can be challenging when you are a child, and that challenge is multiplied for children with Autism.
While most children with ASD experience sensory sensitivities, such as sensitivity to loud noises, loud music, bright lights, or even transitioning between activities, it can be difficult for Autistic children to make the first move when finding new friendships.
However, while children with Autism have differing needs, when it comes down to it, they are just like any other child. They have hopes, dreams, likes, disklies, and beautiful personalities!
If your neurotypical child is intentional about getting along with a child with Autism, I am sure that they will find common ground if they utilise the following tips:
- Keep it Simple– If your child wants to pursue a friendship with a child with ASD, then advise them to keep things simple. When communicating, keep conversations focused and straight to the point.
- Play Outside– Children with ASD typically have short attention spans, so encouraging your child to engage in physical activity with their Autistic friends, such as running around outside, could be a great way for them to share time with them.
- Stay Positive– Children with Autism need positive reinforcement. When cultivating friendships you can advise your child to be generous with compliments to build up a child with ASD’s confidence.
- Be Patient– Patience is not always easy for children, but try and encourage your child to be patient with their peers with ASD when communicating or engaging in play.
If you are a parent of a child with ASD then you likely worry about your child cultivating new friendships–every parent does! But if you want to set your child up for social success, then ABA therapy is the best course of action.
At Step Forward ABA we offer customised ABA therapy in the Miami Metro area. With options in in-home therapy, in-centre therapy from our ABA clinic, and more, we help your child reach their full potential with custom ABA therapy plans.
Unlike other services for ABA therapy in the Miami Metro area, our team of skilled Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA) use the most current scientific methods to support your child.
Whether you are looking for in-home therapy to improve your child’s home skills, or want to grow your child’s group skills by bringing them to our ABA clinic, we have all the ABA therapy solutions your child requires. Contact us today to learn more about our in-home therapy services, ABA clinic services, and other forms of ABA therapy in the Miami Metro area!