Five tips for the care of autistic children on holidays

by Annalisa Lista - 2016.06.17
Five tips for the care of autistic children on holidays
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How to entice little autistic kids to maintain personal hygiene on vacation, away from the familiarity of home? The experts at Association Autism Speaks have prepared these 5 tips for families who are preparing for the summer season.

1) Teach the child how to use the public toilets in bars, restaurants, and parks in your city before leaving for your holidays.

2) Always give them praise when they have correctly followed the parent’s advice.

3) Use visual aids such as drawings, explaining clearly the rules of hygiene you wish them to follow.

4) Monitor their daily little habits of washing and using the toilet and explain to them that it is better to take a shower, wash their hands and teeth and carry out vital functions before going to the beach or pool, or before they take part in fun activities.

5) Be patient and gentle with the little autistic kids and don’t tell them off.  Bear in mind that for them it is a shock to have to abandon their routines and habits and to have to develop new ones.

Published in Autism, Mental disability.
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