The simple answer is: whenever you’re ready. You are your child’s greatest advocate and protector. It’s okay if you don’t have all the answers, or aren’t able to perfectly explain everything. You can still educate those around you about your child’s autism when you have the energy to do so. Check out our complete guide for examples and tips.
Teach and practice calming strategies with your child. Helping your child learn how to manage their emotions and reactions is very important. Teach your child different ways they can calm down and relax, such as:
Deep breathing, counting to 10, using sensory toys (like squishy balls or putty), going for a walk, listening to music
Build "relaxation time" into their normal routines and schedules
Practice these when your child is happy and calm so that later, when they’re highly stressed, they can access these skills
Traveling with neurodivergent kiddos can be stressful, but with careful planning, it doesn’t have to be! Pack a “sensory kit” with your child’s favorite snacks, fidgets, toys, stuffed animals, and more. Review our full list here.
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