I hear a lot of talk on Autism but it occurred to me a while back that I really did not know what it meant exactly. I only assumed a meaning and left it at that. Today I’ve come to realize that autism is a neurological development disorder that impedes the social and communication skills of a child. It is said to begin to manifest in children at the ages 2 to 3 years.
Anxiety in children could or not be as a result of autism; however this disorder could play a major part in enhancing such in a child.
I now want to talk about the title that got me writing this piece in the first place “How to Help Your Child with Separation Anxiety.” This piece I grabbed from www.parents.com. Lisa Quinones- Fontanez wrote about her son who had separation anxiety and all the steps she took to help ease the feeling of separation. In her article she listed the following steps she used:
Map it. She used a map to show her son Norrin where they were in the United States and where she was going to be.
Show them your work. She said it is wise to take your kids to where you work so that they know where you go to whenever you leave them.
Create a visual schedule. She said when you create a visual schedule; you can let your child know when they can anticipate seeing you next.
Make time for Face time. Schedule a time to face time
A picture speaks a thousand words- keeping family photos around the child as in the living and bed rooms or maybe even in the child’s pocket.
Promising a special treat on return from a journey. Something a child can look forward to.
These are actually the tactics she uses or used to deal with separation anxiety between herself and her son. It is something every parent with the same problem can try out.
She also mentions that her son has Autism so I guess the separation anxiety and autism were kind of related.