Autistic people go through a lot. Sensory issues, socializing difficulties, anxiety, all of this can be very hard for an autistic person. Here are some ways that you can help support Autistic people.
- Don’t stifle the stim!
Stimming can help with a variety of things. It can help manage pain, promote calming, and can help self-regulate. Unless the stimming is self-injurious or disruptive than it shouldn’t be discouraged.
2. Advocate for them
Advocating for an Autistic person is a great thing to do. If an Autistic person is being bullied, abused, or judged unfairly than stand up for the Autistic person. Nobody deserves to be treated badly just because they are different.
3. Accommodate for their sensory issues
Autistic people can have a lot of problems with sensory stimuli. If an Autistic person is in sensory overload or having a meltdown/shutdown than take them to a quiet place. Also if you know the Autistic person sensory issues than try to come up with a plan to help the Autistic person.
4. Be patient
This is a big one, Sometimes Autistic people can take longer to process information. Being patient is important to help the Autistic person. Impatience can cause anxiety, frustration, or confusion.
5. Encourage them in what they do
Encouraging an Autistic person can be a great way of supporting an Autistic person. Encouraging special interests can turn into a career or hobby. Also encouraging them when they are trying something new can help an Autistic person feel motivated to keep trying something.
6. Don’t judge them
One of the worst things that an Autistic person can go through is judgment. I myself have been there. Judging can destroy self-esteem and cause anxiety. It can cause an Autistic person to also feel un-loved. Being judged for sensory issues, stimming, having sensory overload, or having a shutdown/meltdown can be very hard to deal with for an Autistic person.
7. Love them for who they are!
Love is a powerful thing. Loving an Autistic person for who they are can really help an Autistic person. Loving them for who they are can help an Autistic person feel accepted and happy.
8. Support them during hard times
If the Autistic person is having a meltdown, or is anxious. Then some kind words, or a hug (if the Autistic person is feeling like it) can help Autistic people. It can be horrible to go through a meltdown or have sensory overload. Support is important. Try to be understanding, even if you don’t see the point of having a routine, even if you don’t see their fears are being rational, and even if you don’t see how the toy drum can be bothering the Autistic person.
These are some ways to support an Autistic person. 🙂
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