A 30-year-old member asked:
what can i do to help someone with autism if i meet him at a family party?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Kimberly Erway answered
19 years experience Psychiatry
Be a friend: Treat an individual with autism with respect and kindness. Try to be a friend. Be sensitive to: loud noises, bright lights, and touch. Some may not be comfortable being touched, so ask first. The individual may not understand your facial expressions, so try expressing how you feel with your words or in some other way. Some do better with games, cards, or puzzles, offer to play one.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Kek-Khee Loo answered
24 years experience Pediatrics
Be reassuring: Give reassurance that you are friendly, non-abrupt and respectful of the person's individuality. Observe the person's actions and language ability, so that you may better understand his needs. Some may be slower to warm, others may feel agitated or lost in a party setting, and language abilities vary. Pace your approach, voice and speech so your counterpart can sense your warmth and understanding.
Answered on Nov 14, 2014
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