If you are the parent of a child with ASD and you haven’t explored the topic of emotional regulation; the article and link a the bottom of this post is worth a read. The article is written by Dr. Barry Prizant and is a fantastic overview of the Emotional Regulation Approach.
The ability to regulate your emotional status is key to learning just about everything. I have yet to see a person (Neurotypical or Someone with ASD) learn and retain a complex concept (communication is extremely complex) in a state of extreme emotional distress.
If you don’t believe me, think about a time when you’ve experienced extreme fear, sadness or anger. Now imagine someone expecting you to learn a foreign language while experiencing those emotions.
It’s always cause for concern if the individual/s treating your child are not considerate of their emotional well being. The feelings of people with ASD are just as important as those of neurotypical people.
Communication is about connection and relationships. How can we expect a child to develop a sense of empathy, compassion or connection with others if we don’t demonstrate those concepts in our interactions while working with that child? It’s always cause for concern if the individual/s treating your child are not considerate of their emotional well being.
It’s our job to make the connection with the child, not the other way around. What good is being able to communicate without the benefit of experiencing mutual respect, kindness and the ability to share fun experiences?
Whether this is a new topic for you or an old one; you really should click the link or pdf below to learn more about the Emotional Regulation Approach. If you’d like to know more about emotional regulation www.barryprizant.com is a great resource for any ASD parent.I hope you enjoy the article below as much as I did!
Here’s the link