There is nothing that feels as bad as seeing that your child is dragging themselves in speech or other child activities while other kids are catching up quite well and doing themselves at lightening speed. But this is what most parents who have autistic kids have to put up with every day. Their kids do not smile while others are giggling. They will not respond when their parents call them or even show any emotions when they are played with.
Autistic kids will tend to play alone and avoid social interaction. They suffer from mind blindness where they show no empathy or concern to others. So as a parent, you are highly likely to wonder what is wrong with your child and you will be running helter skelter trying to understand them. But most of all you will show frustration. You will want to ask God so many questions because you feel that you got lemons while all the other people were getting oranges. Some of the things that your child will mostly struggle with is verbal communication and social interaction. So what do you do?
- Use toys that have audio
When they master a few words, you can go ahead and remove the batteries that are powering up the speakers so that the child can start communicating on their own.
2. Take them to a day care where they meet other kids
Taking your kid to a daycare where they are talked to and see other kids speaking can make them feel the need to catch up with the others.
3. Speak to them
You are the best toy for your child and so you should be key in playing with them as speaking to them whenever the opportunity presents itself.
For all that you do, you need to avoid screen time for your kid below 2 years as much as possible. According to the Monterabbi, screen time greatly affects your child development and could cause a speech delay. While most parents think that exposing their kids to catchy and repetitive songs like Baby Shark doo doo doo would make the child learn vocabularies much faster, it does not happen that way for kids below 2 years. Actually, it could hamper the expressive language as well as make the child addictive to the catchy songs.
Kids between 2 to 5 years the research shows should also not watch too much screen time. The best that they should do is 1 hour per day which needs to be supervised by an adult or the guardian. While supervising, you need to select the content so that it is kid friendly, does not use obscene language or contain profane scenes. Once the kid have watched, you can have a discussion surrounding what they watched. This way, they will see the Tv as an educative gadget as opposed to an addictive entertainment platform.