A Journey of Patience

Aug 20, 2023By Autism Dads Social Club


Autism: A Journey of Patience

As dads, it is crucial for us to remember to be patient with our child with autism as they navigate the world in their unique way. It is important to strive to see the world from their perspective and respond to their needs with patience. Here are some tips to help develop and maintain patience, understanding, and empathy.

Seek Support

Remember, you don't have to navigate this journey alone. Seek support from professionals, such as therapists or counselors, who specialize in autism. They can provide valuable guidance and strategies to help you navigate challenging situations and maintain patience. I am deeply appreciative of what I have learned from ABA therapists and other professionals.

Educate Yourself

One of the first steps to increase our patience and empathy with our child with autism is to educate ourselves about the condition. Understanding the challenges they face and the reasons behind their behaviors can help us approach situations with empathy and patience. Take the time to read books, attend workshops, or join support groups to learn more about autism. It is not necessary to go the library and check out every book on autism. It is cool if you decide to become an autism expert. For starters, consider listening to some audiobooks written by individuals with autism or by autism professionals.  You can listen to an audibook while commuting around town.  We have included several links in the Resource tab on this site.

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Develop a Routine

Children with autism often thrive on routine and predictability. Establishing a consistent daily routine can help reduce anxiety and meltdowns, making it easier for both you and your child to navigate daily life. Stick to a schedule as much as possible and provide visual cues or schedules to help your child understand what to expect.

Use Visual Supports

Visual supports, such as visual schedules, social stories, or visual timers, can be powerful tools in promoting understanding and reducing frustration for children with autism. These visual aids provide clear and concrete information, helping your child navigate tasks and transitions more smoothly.

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness techniques can help us stay present and calm during challenging moments. Take a deep breath, ground yourself in the present moment, and remind yourself that your child's behaviors are not intentional. By practicing mindfulness, we can respond to our child with patience and understanding.

Set Realistic Expectations

It is important to set realistic expectations for our child with autism who are at different levels. Recognize their strengths and limitations and motivate them accordinly. Meet your child where he or she is.  Consider working with therapists, teachers, and professionals to determine realistic goals and expectations.  Also be sure that expectations are not too low and that your child with autism is appropriately pushed and challenged. There is a fine line between realistic expectations and low expectations.

Celebrate Small Victories

Every milestone, no matter how small, is worth celebrating. Let us recognize and appreciate the progress our children are making, whether it's mastering a new skill or overcoming a challenge. By celebrating these achievements, we reinforce their confidence and motivate them to continue growing.

Remember, being patient with our child with autism is a continuous journey. It's okay to make mistakes and learn from them. There is no such thing as a perfect parent. The goal is to create a nurturing environment where our children with autism can thrive and reach their full potential.