Coping Strategies For Supporting My Autistic Child
Rose Mabiza • 4 mins read
15 November 2023
Research consistently shows that autistic people can have difficulty dealing with different emotions, especially unexpected ones or stressful situations. Things that might seem small to others can actually cause a lot of stress and anxiety for them (Papadopoulos, D., 2021).
In my previous blog, I shared insights into my experiences supporting my son through anxiety-inducing situations. In this blog, I will delve deeper into the continued journey of supporting my son and how I have discovered coping strategies and personal approaches that have proven invaluable in supporting and understanding my child's needs.
Understanding the triggers
Social situations, especially unfamiliar ones, can be a significant source of anxiety and stress for autistic individuals.
Us parents must understand the triggers that affect our children and teach them appropriate coping strategies. Knowing and teaching coping strategies can significantly help them develop better self-regulation skills and improve their overall quality of life. By recognising what triggers your child's stress or anxiety, you can help them develop coping strategies to manage those situations.
Empowerment through coping strategies
It's important to remember that everyone copes with stress and difficult situations differently. That's why it is crucial for me to support my son in finding the coping skills that work best for him.
One of the most effective coping strategies I have found is providing a structured routine that he can follow consistently. This routine provides a sense of stability and predictability, which is essential for my son's well-being. It helps him navigate challenging moments more easily and promotes his overall growth.
He also finds solace in playing music on YouTube, which has a soothing effect on him. Building his coping skills helps me manage his behaviour during potential anxiety-inducing and stressful situations. We also practise calming coping strategies consistently that will empower him to handle stressful situations effectively if they arise.
Taking on challenges with a team of experts
Working closely with professionals has been instrumental in providing the best possible support for my son. This collaboration helps me intervene early and navigate challenging situations with a team of experts.
By connecting with local support networks and professionals, we discover effective coping strategies and build a supportive community. Recognising meltdown signs and triggers is crucial in my son's journey, and this collaborative approach equips me to support him and help him thrive. Through this partnership, I have gained valuable insights and knowledge that have helped me better understand my son's needs and provide the best possible care for him.
By staying attuned to our children's needs and preferences, discovering effective coping strategies and personal approaches, and collaborating with professionals, we can provide the best possible support for our children and help them thrive. This task is daunting, but we can positively impact their lives with the proper support and knowledge.
I hope my story inspires others who share the same journey. Let’s listen to each other and foster a community of understanding and hope. Together, we can create a community of resilience, empower our children to thrive, and celebrate the beauty of neurodiversity.
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Click on the links below to read more articles from Rose:
- My story – A mother, a wife and a woman
- Why I’m now telling my story publicly
- The burden of speaking for many women
- How I got into health and social care
- Autism acceptance: A mother’s journey
- Embracing our autism journey as a family
- Dealing with stress and autism at home
- My autistic child’s potty and personal hygiene training
- From Anguish to Adventure: Tips for Traveling with an Autistic Child
- Managing Anxiety in Autism: A Parent's Perspective.