Basic skills to communicate with people with autism:
- Eye contact:
People with autism are weak at and avoid eye contact, you should try your best to attract their attention when communicating with them, but don’t insist on forcing, because maintaining eye contact is a pressure for some autistic people and rise the opportunity to trigger their emotions.
- Moderate and clarity volume
People with autism are sensitive to the tone, so when talking to them, the sound should be soft and the words should be concise and clear.
Appropriate attitude towards people with autism:
- Treat them as one of us on equal basis.
- Show care and support.
- Accept them to achieve integration into the community.
- Help them overcome their own deficiencie
- Encourage them to develop a normalized social life.
- Do not set exceptionally high expectations or pamper them lest they should become frustrated or overly dependent.
- Be patient with them and listen to their voices.
- Identify and recognize their contribution to society.
Ten things Autistics may want you to know:
- I am a child with ASD but autism is not my only trait.
- My senses are out of synch.
- Please differentiate between what I Can’t (I am unable to) and I Won’t (I choose not to) do.
- I can only understand the surface meaning of language.
- My vocabulary is limited. Please be patient with me.
- Speech may be too difficult for me. I am more visually oriented.
- Please help me develop with things I can do. Don’t focus on those I can’t.
- Please help me establish social interaction.
- Please try to identify what triggers my breakdowns.
- Love me unconditionally.
Last three words: Patience, Patience, Patience.
If you are confronted with the behavior and attitude of an autistic child who is losing his temper:
In the case of autistic children without family members beside:
- Keep calm, watch from the side, let him calm down and calm down without hurting yourself or others. Try to find a safer place so that he can calm down, such as asking him to sit down or stand for a while. If possible, it is best to evacuate the pedestrians and avoid putting pressure on him.
Try to communicate with him and understand his situation. With simple, clear words and a cordial and caring tone, with facial expressions, gestures and gestures (such as nodding, smiling, pat on his shoulders) to comfort and flatten his emotions.
When he/she is out of control, try to contact his family or notify the police or ambulance.
If you find an autistic child who is suspected of being lost, you can pay attention to the following:
- Try to communicate with him and understand his situation. Use simple and clear words, affirmative, cordial and caring tone, with facial expressions, gestures and movements (such as nodding, smiling) to comfort and calm his emotions, tell him that you will help him find his family, tell him do not go away.
- Try giving him paper and pen to see if he can write his name and address; or let him try to call if he can contact his family. If he is a child with limited language skills, you should seek assistance from the police.
- Through a simple observation, see if he has a bracelet, necklace, name tag, key ring, collar or inner sleeve of the sleeve that can prove his identity and emergency contact. Don’t search him without his consent. If you cannot find any information, you should contact the police as soon as possible. If his mood is unstable or overly alarmed, you can only follow him quietly, pay attention to his whereabouts, and should seek help from other people and notify the police or ambulance as soon as possible.
- If you find that you can’t communicate with him, please don’t give up and leave.
You should seek help from other people and notify the police as soon as possible. Don’t let the lost autistic leave before the police arrive.