Some people mistakenly believe that children with autism have limited feelings. If you are a parent of a child with autism, you already know that this isn’t true.
Children (and all people) with autism are capable of feeling and expressing love, but they may just do it in different ways. Also, many people with autism are more empathetic than the average person, but again, they may express their empathy in unusual ways.
One of the ways try to understand how your child is feeling is by paying attention to their behavior. Many children with autism tell others how they are feeling by acting a certain way. Although children with autism will have behaviors that are the similar to those that other children might have, they might also have non-typical behaviors. Children with autism might act a certain way for a much longer period of time or they may repeat the behavior over and over again. Paying attention to the behaviors that your child is performing may be your first clue to understanding how they are feeling.
Learning to communicate is another big thing that can help your child tell you how he or she is feeling. It may be hard at first, but there are many different ways to solve communication problems, no matter what level your son or daughter is at. Talk to your child. Don’t assume that he or she can’t understand you. Try to give them eye contact so that they can see your facial expressions. Even though not all of what you are saying may get through to your child, some will. As your child sees that language is useful, he or she will be motivated to use and understand it.
Whatever you do, don’t give up on trying to understand how your child is feeling and what they are trying to communicate to you. Eventually, by using communication aids and through trial and error, you and your child will learn how to understand each other better.