Building Community For Your Child with Autism is an important step in helping them feel included, supported, and connected. Here are some ways to build a community for your autistic child:
- Host playdates: Hosting playdates is an excellent way to help your child socialize with peers in a comfortable and familiar environment. This can be particularly beneficial for autistic children who may struggle in new or unfamiliar situations.
- Participate in after-school events, clubs, or activities: Joining after-school events or clubs can help your child develop new skills and interests while also socializing with other children who share similar interests. It’s important to choose activities that your child enjoys and are well-suited to their needs.
- Attend autism events: Attending autism events can help your child feel more included and connected to the community of individuals with similar experiences. It can also be an opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers who may be able to offer support and advice.
- Join support groups: Joining support groups for parents and caregivers of autistic children can be an excellent way to find resources and support. Support groups can help you connect with other parents and caregivers who understand what you are going through and can offer valuable advice and support.
- Connect with your child’s school: Building a community for your autistic child also involves connecting with their school and teachers. It’s important to communicate with your child’s teachers and develop a collaborative relationship to ensure that they are receiving the support they need in the classroom.
In conclusion, building a community for your autistic child involves creating opportunities for socialization, joining support groups, attending events, and connecting with your child’s school. It’s important to focus on activities that are enjoyable and well-suited to your child’s needs, as this will help them feel more included and connected to their community.
Remember, building a community of support can significantly benefit your child’s well-being and overall development.
Article Written By Maria Kakosimidi, M.S., Ph.D.
Maria Kakosimidi, M.S., Ph.D. is a Clinical Program Supervisor for our center-based location. Dr. Kakosimidi has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for the past 6 years. She started off as a Behavior Therapist for 4 years and then got promoted to Clinical Program Supervisor once she earned her master’s degree in ABA. Dr. Kakosimidi earned her bachelors and master’s degrees in ABA from Purdue University. She recently earned her second master’s in psychology along with a PhD. Her experience ranges from working in home and center settings. She has worked with individuals from 3-21 years of age. Dr. Kakosimidi is very passionate about her line of work. Dr. Kakosimidi is on her path to become a BCBA and Clinical Psychologist. Her passion comes from within, and is very excited to grow in the field of ABA and psychology.