In every meeting with the parents, I see that they complain about the communication difficulties with the children. This reproach sometimes appears as mutual disagreement and sometimes as a one-sided inability to make one’s voice heard. Parents and children have mutual expectations, and problems can arise when these expectations are ignored. The key is for children, despite their neurological difficulties, to be able to learn important skills of meaningful communication and problem solving with great joy and warmth.
This is even more severe in autism spectrum disorder. Autism is a complex developmental disorder that occurs in delayed social communication and language skills, as well as in various emotional, cognitive, motor and sensory skills.
Cracks begin to appear when parents see their children not responding or doing what they are told. But are parents always right? Do they always do the right thing?
Although not every behavior is wrong, of course, we instinctively have the right ones.
If your child isn’t responding to you, is indifferent to what you’re doing, or if specific behaviors such as turning around, sorting toys, or repeating words without a specific meaning or purpose are common, these symptoms actually stem from more fundamental problems with relating, communicating, and thinking. First of all, apply to your doctor and then start your adventure with a multidisciplinary team. Every child is an individual and families want a program in which their child can be evaluated as an individual, and a therapy plan that can be developed according to their child’s structure and that can direct him/her to meaningful communication and relationships.
These parents also desire to be part of their child’s treatment plan. A better future for children with ASD is now possible. When a comprehensive and individualized approach is applied, evaluation and treatment are based on healthy development, it reaches beyond the high level of function. The goal is not just to deal with the child’s surface behaviors and symptoms, but to build the foundations for healthy development.
In therapy; Children learn to develop important critical skills that are derailed or missed during their development. These include establishing a warm and happy relationship with other people, communicating meaningfully and purposefully (first with gestures and then words), and thinking logically and creatively in a variety of ways. It is necessary to focus on the underlying deficiencies that lead to autistic symptoms, not the symptoms and behaviors themselves. Therapies should be dynamic, not static.
Remember, our children will save the world, and love will save our children…