Empowering autistic children is crucial to building up their self-esteem and life skills, which will, in turn, lead to a happier life for them long-term. Developing a sense of purpose and confidence is critical to encourage from a young age.
In this blog, we’ll discuss:
- How does autism affect self-esteem?
- How do you empower someone with autism?
- How do I help someone with autism improve their confidence?
- Do people with autism struggle with independence?
How Does Autism Affect Self-Esteem?
Children and young people with autism surveyed say that they view themselves poorly within a worldview context. They feel like they generally have a lower sense of power in relationships and that the world pre-conceives them a certain way. Autism can also increase the likelihood of having an unhealthy attachment style, as autistic people typically present fewer social skills than their peers.
It’s important to understand that being autistic doesn’t automatically mean you’ll have lower self-esteem. If young people can be empowered in their abilities and shift their view of autism to something positive, they are more likely to create a better self-perception.
Increased awareness of how autism is a strength can significantly alter their self-esteem and ability to relate positively with the world around them. By viewing themselves as something to be proud of, they will continue to view their social interactions that way.
How Do You Empower Someone With Autism?
A significant role in empowerment is equipping kids on the spectrum with positive direction and healthy coping mechanisms. Information is power; you can empower your child by teaching them necessary life skills.
- Self-confidence. Accepting your body and mind as is.
- Perseverance. Knowing you can push through and achieve anything you set your mind to.
- Resilience. Learning to pick yourself up when situations don’t go as expected and bouncing back better than before.
- Stress management. Knowing not to sweat the small things.
Knowledge is a necessity.
Equipping autistic children with the understanding that they are different from others, but they can still succeed, is essential.
Continue to encourage children to be themselves and embrace their differences. Motivate them to do what they love, giving them a sense of purpose. Using knowledge and confidence as a tool will help children with autism feel empowered!
How Do I Help Someone With Autism Improve Their Confidence?
Building confidence is essential for any autistic person.
While encouragement, empowerment, and steadfast love and support play a critical role in confidence, so does building life skills.
Reading books on strengths, and social stories, participating in interactive classes (such as drama), or engaging in physical activity can help increase self-confidence. Physical activity can enhance their judgment, functioning, and learning skills, so it’s important to integrate as soon as possible.
In addition, continue to:
- Celebrate their differences.
- Model good behavior and positive self-esteem.
- Pour into their passions.
- Remind your child that everyone gets upset and has bad days.
Increased confidence will allow people with autism spectrum disorder to better cope with their struggles, as they have confidence and peace within themselves.
Do People With Autism Struggle With Independence?
Depending on the severity of their diagnosis, some autistic people may struggle with independence. Independence can come as significant moments, such as living alone or small things like getting dressed. If your autistic loved one struggles with independence, your family members should aim for “interdependence” with them, not complete autonomy.
Interdependence allows your autistic loved one to thrive on their own while still knowing they can lean on you for tasks, questions, and any daily situation. This puts less pressure on them to function entirely on their own and instead encourages growth and reliability.
With the help of an occupational therapist, autistic people can practice and gain skills for a more independent life. At Roman Empire Agency, we offer Independent Living Skills Training and Adaptive Skills Training to promote independence in autistic clients.