Those that have Asperger’s syndrome and autism are hard to understand. To those that haven’t got a behavioural problem it is very hard to be able to grasp the concept behind what drives those that have autism or Asperger syndrome. It is hard to communicate, to them, or to get them to communicate back and of course, when presented with a certain situation in everyday life it can be equally as hard to get them to respond. Once you know what makes their behaviour a challenge, you can train yourself to be able to cope more effectively with it. This article provides some tips to help you.
Anxiety is a very common thing that effects suffers. To those of us that do not have this of course, it can seem very strange and we may not be able to pick up on signs of anxiousness. Signs that a sufferer is anxious are:
- Feeling impatient
- Not being able to concentrate
- Thinking negatively all the time
- Not being able to get to sleep
- Being depressed
Getting obsessed with one subject matter (these traits are all things that are psychological. The next list is physical symptoms.
- Feeling very thirsty and dehydrated
- Having a stomach bug
- Needing the toilet more frequently
- Having a heart that races
- Aching body
- Feeling dizzy
- Severe headaches
- Having pins and needles
Great Strategies to Cope With Anxiety Caused By Autism
When it is understood that the sufferer has anxiety issues, and learning what makes them anxious, then it is easier to cope with it. In order to fully understand the sufferer, you need to keep a written log of what triggers them. You need to write down the symptoms that they are presented with when faced with certain situations, for example if they get dizzy having to go to the supermarket etc, then you can document this, and when that scenario happens again, think of ways to tackle the issue. Perhaps by talking to them differently, making the supermarket not seem as daunting, it can often times be as simple as the sufferer needing to know that they have a strong support group.
Practise Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation techniques are great for suffers; stress balls can come in extremely handy. Also yoga, deep breathing techniques, massage, gentle music in the background have all been proven to help to be able to relax suffers of autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Other than having to take medication.
Join a Support Group
If you are not a relative of someone with autism Asperger’s and you are in fact a sufferer, then it is important to surround yourself with help and there are a lot of resources available to help you, once you reach out. It is about being able to admit that you need help, and many find great comfort in the fact that there are others out there that suffer with the same condition. If you can join a group that has people like you with the same problem, then you will realise that you are not alone.
If your relative that is suffering with the condition has not joined a group, encourage them to do so.
Remember, it is not the end of the world to have the condition and once you learn how to understand the behaviour and what causes it, then you are one step closer to leading a normal life (or to helping your family member or loved one live one)