Autism spectrum disorder children will always need special treatment compares to ordinary children, which make people around these children have to adapt with their unique behavior, especially on how to communicate and how to educate them. If coping with autism children is one of your healthcare jobs, you need to know these 3 tips before caring for a hospitalized child with Autism Spectrum Disorder
1. Determine the best Method of Communication
Children with ASD are usually concrete thinkers, therefore using visual aids, such as picture schedules, communication boards, and labeling of objects in the rooms, has proven to be an effective and helpful ways to communicate with these children. Moreover, you can also get the utmost effective communication if you understand that most children with ASD respond best to short, succinct commands and remember to avoid the phrase “no” when communicating with this special children.
2. Identify Emotional Disturbances and Establish a Reward System
Frustration usually appears as the main cause for ASD aggravation. Therefore, it is important to know what makes them frustrate so that you can learn how to ease their aggravation. Another way that you can use to overcome children’s frustration is by giving reward systems as many ASD responds well to this method. For example, you can give a reward each time a child takes their medication pills, this will help to create positive stimulation for them. The main point is to keep soothe environment and methods for patient while keep the medication process on track.
3. Get a Multidisciplinary Team of Experts Involved on Admission
Being discipline with children schedule will help to occupy the child’s time. In fact, the nurse should encourage a family meeting outside of the patient’s room where physical, occupational, and speech therapists can learn the child’s level of activity and assist with the creation of the schedule and plan. Being discipline also involves the creation of daily schedule, the reward system, obtaining toys, and developing appropriate activities to occupy the child’s time.