Anyone who has a child who has been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder understands that regular, consistent care is needed.
There are varying degrees of the type of care, and what length of time is needed for management and improvement.
From our experience, for the type of care, the most fundamental principle is that it must be mainly guidance oriented. What that means is the child will best develop and improve their brain and overall wellbeing through guidance-based approaches vs mainly discipline based approaches. This is not to be confused with ‘loose care’ or ‘non-directive care’. It is simply the informed awareness that the instructor has (and has been trained for) to guide through difficulties and improve capacity of the child to try new things, explore repetition successfully and seek further help from the instructor.
We have seen successes with this approach through our various motor skill and physical programs for Autistic individuals over the years.
Along with guidance as a key principle of care, the effort must be consistent. Obviously, each session and day is not the same for any person. That being said, the programming and effort has a consistency that can be flexible in session depending on the behaviours and also be dependable over time. Time is the one gift we have when intervening for any challenge. Taking the opportunity for time and giving a chance to make the effort, always provides some successes!
Here are 3 key elements that contribute to consistency:
Overtime, programs that are built for longer term success rather that short term gains only, will immeasurably help a child or adult improve.
This is consistency.