Consultant Clinical Psychologist with MHF Kolkata, Manisha Bhattacharya, specialises in high functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. She sends some parental tips to tackle issues of a child with autism
To Parents of Children with Autism… With Love
Here are five tips,Manisha would like to give to parents of children with ASD:
- •Talk to the child in single words or small direct sentences according to your child’s understanding. This will help your child to pick up language fast.
- •Do not ask him too many questions. This may lead to further anxiety in your child and he may avoid communicating with you.
- •‘Behaviour problems’ are often your child’s only way to communicate. It’s a cry for help. Do not stick to the behaviour only, look for triggers so that you can work on them.
- • Avoid saying ‘No’ to him/her. Rather try to tell what they have to do.
- • Enjoy your parenthood.Try not to see your child always from the autism angle. Be with your child, play with them and let them be a child of their age too
ON A THERAPEUTIC TRAIL
At the end of Session 1 with Family S, I told the parents I would call to fix up their next appointment. Both parents and their son aged 11 years, were present throughout our first meeting. I wanted to let the parents know privately about the support they would require separately, which couldn’t be discussed with their son around.
BEATING THE EXAM BLUES
Examinations are stressful in general. During under-graduate studies, youngsters are for the first time exposed to a world outside the safe and cushy school walls. Peers at this level are high achievers from different institutions. This is especially true for courses requiring high marks at entry level.
MORNING RAGA: NATURE IS THE BEST HEALER!
MHF recommends you to just look out of your windows at the blue sky, try and trace a cloud even while on your daily mundane chores, or watch a flower bloom in your garden, a bird play on its branches or even a crow’s nest at the lamp-post where your car is parked.