There are some colours that flatter you and there are some that don’t . Blue is one of those many colours that flatter you, it has a way of making you look gorgeous. You just have to find the perfect shade that suits you.

A better reason to love the colour blue is, its the colour for the international autism day. Autism  or Autism spectrum  disorder is  a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.

Autism is wide range and it is caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences. “Spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism. Autism can be diagnosed from the age 2 and 3. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months.

Caring for a child with Autism can be challenging and tasking. It is a journey that requires one to be emotionally strong because being emotionally strong allows you to be the best parent you can be to your child in need.

As a parent if you notice your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or related developmental delays don’t wait for diagnosis to start treatment because the earlier a child starts receiving treatment for ASD the greater the chance of a treatment success.

These parenting tips can help by making life with an autistic child easier:

Be consistent:

A child with ASD is more likely to encounter problems with applying what they have learnt in one sector to the other. For example, applying what’s been taught in school at home. This is why it is important to create consistency in your child’s environment to reinforce learning. Also, a consistent environment and schedule helps a child with ASD operate better.

Watch out for non verbal clues:

Be observant. Watch your child closely to pickup the nonverbal cues he/she makes. Pay attention to the kind of sounds they make, their facial expressions, and the gestures they use when they’re tired, hungry, or want something.

Pay attention to your child’s sensory sensitivities:

Children with ASD are hypersensitive to light, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Some children with autism are “under-sensitive” to sensory stimuli. Figure out what sights, sounds, smells, movements, and tactile sensations trigger your kid’s “bad” or disruptive behaviors and what elicits a positive response. What does your child find stressful? Calming? Uncomfortable? Enjoyable? If you understand what affects your child, you’ll be better at preventing situations that causes difficulties.

Join an ASD support group:

Joining an ASD support group is a great way to meet other families dealing with the same challenges you are. Parents can share information, get advice, and lean on each other for emotional support. Just being around others in the same boat and sharing their experience can go a long way toward reducing the isolation many parents feel after receiving a child’s diagnosis.

Wishing you love and light from Flourish Africa. If you don’t have an autistic child you can wear blue also, to show that you support and care about those who do.

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