In this sphere, parents play a vital role. I know that being a parent of an autistic child is not that easy, but it is very necessary to be brave and start the therapy from the early stages. The sooner, the better. Because I can say for sure, that even those who are in a very bad condition, can make progress.
Daniel, who is attending our center, has a very unique case of autism, now he has made great progress, and it won’t be an exaggeration if I say that all this is because of his mother, Zara.
The first thing that parents can do is take their children to different kinds of therapies. But here, there is again a problem, either they attend too many therapies, or just one. There should be a balance. Too many therapies can be dangerous as well, and they can do more harm than good.
The other thing that parents should do is not to isolate children from society, they should be part of it. Being in the surroundings of typically developing children helps them a lot, a child should realize that she/he is one of them.
For the last two or three years, I have noticed that the cases are increasing. One of the problems that exist nowadays is that because of work, and because of being very busy, parents prefer their children to watch cartoons, just not to bother them. This happens usually when children are 3-5 years old, and this is the period when they need to develop their communication skills. Thus, as a result, autism spectrum disorder develops.
The main work of a speech therapist should be to put the child in such situations that she/he can start talking, having a conversation. It is a time-consuming process, but the result that we are having, in the end, is worth it.
Diana Davtyan, speech therapist, psychologist