Children are wonderful. Regardless of their unique personalities, with their antics and innocence, they always find a way to draw a smile in our faces, even in the most complicated days. We love the fact that they can have fun and learn together; after all, inclusion is important, and although some of them may present particular conditions, this doesn’t mean they cannot be included in groups with other kids.
ASD (autism spectrum disorder) is a neurobehavioral condition that can complicate the social interaction with other individuals. However, with the necessary help, this interaction can be as good as any, and that’s exactly what we are going to talk to you about.
How to include children with ASD in groups with other kids
It is normal to think that when a child is in the autism spectrum, he or she won’t be able to get along with others, but that is just half-truth. The kid can present inconveniences when interacting with other people, especially strangers, nonetheless, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t do it; actually, experts on the field suggest that’s exactly what they should do in order to learn general knowledge, and improve their social skills.
It is important to say that cases can be very different, depending on the type of autism the kid has, the require assistance can variate; some of them will need just a bit of help to socialize with other kids, while others can require special attention as well as constant intervene to help the kid interact in a satisfactory level with other kids, in any case, assistance can be extremely helpful.
How to contribute to the kid’s inclusion
It may sound rough, but if you know someone with autism, surely you’ve noticed some rejection from the society to them. This happens because most of the people tend to reject what they don’t understand; in other words, if they see someone who’s too different, they will usually feel curious about it, but in most cases they won’t talk to them. Here’s when the assistance of an adult can be very helpful.
For example, say there’s a group of children playing, if you want a kid with autism to be included in the group, you should not only talk with the kid, but to the whole group, and try to let them all know how different can be the new kid, as well as how funny can be playing with him or her. Introducing him or her, you will be helping out the kid taking a bit of pressure out of his or her shoulders as well as letting the other children know that difference between them can be a good and not a bad thing.
When it comes about kids with ASD, inclusion can be a hard task sometimes. It is always recommendable to assist to a therapist if a particular case is evidently harder than most and requires special assistance. The goal is to develop strategies to help the child feel more comfortable when interacting with others. These strategies can take longer, but once the results start to show, it will be very helpful for the kid’s present and future.
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