Picking someone to look after your child

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    Parents have a duty to look after their child but they can’t always be there for them. Sometimes circumstances may require that you entrust your child to another for a length of time, whether a few hours or a few days. If you’re going to be away from your child or children for any significant length of time you need someone who can look after them while you’re gone and for an autistic child it is especially important you pick the right person.
    Autistic children can be a handful for the unprepared and if the caretaker becomes too exasperated they may do something radical. If you want to ensure your child is treated properly while you’re gone make sure you choose a caretaker carefully. Below are some tips for how to choose someone to look after your autistic child or children.
    Pick someone they know, autistics can be awkward around strangers and may feel uncomfortable, if you need someone to look after them or you need them to stay with someone else for a while make sure it is someone they have met multiple times before and are comfortable around. Ideally you should choose a family member who is familiar with your child, knows their condition and peculiarities, and can handle them in a reasonable manner. If there are no family members nearby whom you think can look after them satisfactorily then consider your friends and coworkers, but do so carefully. There are many stories of parents entrusting their children to people they considered their friends and finding that their trust was betrayed and their child abused, mistreatment of children is a heinous thing in all circumstances but with autistic children it is hard to say how they would handle it, or if they could fully recover, it is better to err on the side of caution and be very careful who you leave your child with than to try and deal with the aftermath when things go wrong. See how your child interacts with them and if they feel at ease around them, ask your friend what they think of your child, above all make sure that you explain your child’s disability and how to handle it in detail, make sure they know what they like to eat, what they are and are not allowed to do, that kind of thing.
    Be very discerning of who you entrust your child too as if you pick wrong the consequences might be permanent

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