Autism syndrome: Parents who care for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can experience high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. It is a serious threat to the mental, physical, and social well-being of parents of a child with ASD.
They also contribute to the family’s ability to adapt and the child’s ability to cope with ASD. Systematic studies highlight important aspects of treatments that support the mental health of caring parents and suggest criteria for parenting caregiver support.
While treatment is helpful for autistic children, it can also have serious consequences for parents. Recent studies have shown that parents who participate in cognitive therapy with their autistic children also see changes in their stress levels and emotional control. CBT can help children with autism who have cognitive problems or problems that affect about 70% of them by increasing their ability to control their emotions. thought.
According to research, parents are better at managing their own emotions and having a positive self-image. It helped increase their understanding of their parenting and everything they do as parents. Parents who did cognitive therapy with their children reported improvements in their depression, controlling their emotions, and practicing mindfulness parenting.
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Jonathan Weiss, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health and CIHR Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Treatment and Care Research commented on the research findings and comments, “We know that parents of children with autism, just about everything. The positive experiences they have, they also experience high levels of stress. So if we can do something to reduce that , we have a right to try to do so”.
Games and activities for children with autism
Some researchers have looked at how games can benefit young autistics. In ethnographic research, the author visited a summer camp for youth with autism where they spend time playing board games such as Dungeons & Dragons and participating in life work.
The cornerstones of a child’s development are learning and playing games, which allow children to establish their own unique relationships with others.
Playing sensory games can help autistic children improve their sensory processing skills, including their ability to recognize different sounds, smells, and tastes. “Sensory Bins” and “Sensory Treasure Hunt” are examples of sensory games.
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Video games can help children with autism think and develop fine motor skills. Games like “Minecraft,” “Lego Marvel Superheroes,” and “Mario Kart” are available.
Children’s coordination, gross motor skills, and social skills can be enhanced by playing engaging games such as “Simon Says” or “Red Light, Green Light.”
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