Autism is a disorder that affects 1 in 59 children. Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with Autism than girls. Autism is a disorder that affects the whole body, but is mostly known for affecting social and behavioral development. Parents find it more difficult to discipline children with autism because of their lack of emotional connection, but parents should know that children with autism deserve rules and discipline and should not be treated any different when it comes to being disciplined.
Many adults do not discipline autistic children due to wanting to be kind and sympathetic. They feel as though the children are incapable of good behavior or they are scared that children will act worse if they are disciplined. Adults should understand that not disciplining autistic children are causing more harm.
Parents should know that although there are many things that can frighten an autistic child the number one thing that they fear is an unstructured and unsafe environment. Without discipline they tend to lash out more and although it may seem easier to not discipline children with autism it should be avoided. Parents should understand that children without discipline will suffer consequences later on in life. It is best to teach autistic child discipline at home because they are able to understand the basic rules.
Something like autism and discipline may seem like a difficult task, but it will be better when the child gains a routine of rules. Autistic children that can not talk can still understand. So even if your child is unable to communicate with you they will still understand your rules and when you mean business. Many parents feel as though children with autism do not misbehave without a good reason but this is untrue. Children will be children, whether they are diagnosed with a disorder or not. They are human beings that need to learn right from wrong as much as children without a disorder. Although children with a disorder might have more needs than other children their need for discipline is just as important and fair. Do not think that just because a child has a disorder that it is a form of mistreatment to discipline your child.
Recognizing the problem is the first step to disciplining your child. Since your child has a disorder, then you need to be more patient when disciplining the child. Make sure to punish your child and make sure that they know that their bad behavior is not acceptable any time. This will make a habit and the child will know what to expect if they misbehave.
In conclusion, Autism is a disorder that most commonly affect social and behavioral skills. Parents should not let sympathy decide whether want to discipline their child with autism. They should make a routine of disciplining their child so that they have a structured environment that feels safe to them. Parents should make sure to be patient if the child has a disorder, but need to make sure to punish when necessary so that their behavioral issues do not affect them when they are older.