I know this may sound surprising, but believe me when I say: You can improve your child’s ability to regulate their emotions in only 7 minutes per day. We are all busy and live hectic lives. It can be hard to make time for new activities, especially if they are time-consuming. But in only 7 minutes each day, you can improve emotional regulation and help your child encounter less stress and meltdowns.
For many children with autism, having a structured home environment helps them feel safe. Any uncertainty can cause major stress. This usually stems from not having a full understanding of how the world works.It can be difficult for children to maintain appropriate behavior during new, unfamiliar, or uncertain situations due to this behavior rigidity.
Remember, if your child does some (or all) of the things on this list, it doesn’t mean they have autism. This post is about my personal experience. But if you are a parent reading this and wondering about your own child my advice is: always follow your gut. Voice your concerns to your child’s doctor. If I had followed my gut, we probably would have had an earlier diagnosis. This is how we experienced the signs of autism.