The more the live-in caregiver knows about Autism, the more equipped she is in taking care of the autistic patient. Before she starts working in Singapore, we must first check if the live-in caregiver is ready to learn about autism and get to know her future patient well. Those who are close to the patient like his or her parents should educate themselves for the treatment options and health care needs too. This would help them understand the child’s behaviour and come up with ways on how to take care of him or her.
There are several important points the live-in Filipino caregiver must remember when looking after the patient with Autism. Eden Grace Caregivers Agency is concerned in your loved one’s well-being and development! Here are some tips for the live-in caregivers when communicating with patients with autism, getting to know the patient, and understanding the patient.
1) Avoid invading their personal space.
All autistic patients are different, and the live-in Filipino caregiver must get to know her patient well. Some get threatened about a tap on the shoulder and some of them just love hugs, each has his or her own preference. Like how other people would allow closeness, it is safe to ask for their consent before touching them in order not to startle them. If there is a need to connect with them physically, the live-in Filipino caregiver must let the autistic patient see their hands coming to give them a chance to pull away if they don’t want to be touched.
2) How do you get to know the patient?
The live-in Filipino caregiver will spend a lot of time with the patient and she must get to know him or her as soon as she begins her contract as a live-in Filipino caregiver in Singapore. She may know the autism patient in many ways. Answering these guide questions will help the caregiver get to know the patient well: – What is the patient good at and what are the activities that seem a struggle for her? – Does the patient learn by seeing, listening, or doing? What kind of learner is he or her? – Observing him or her day to day, what basic skills do the autistic patient needs to improve? – When and why does he or she throw tantrums? Can the live-in caregiver identify the triggers? – What kind of activities does the patient enjoy and how can these become a way to treatment?
It is important that the live-in Filipino caregiver to work together with the specialist when it comes to the treatment since she will be overseeing the patient throughout his or her treatment journey.
3) Watch out for their non-verbal and verbal communication.
Patients with autism sometimes have difficulty in communicating but would make gestures to express themselves. These gestures may mean they are hungry, tired, or having a difficult time. They may not say it in a way that we usually do, but their cues may mean something. To decipher these gestures, the Filipino live-in caregiver must closely observe the patient with autism.
Someone with autism may leave and end the conversation just like that. Most of the time, they don’t want to be rude, they’re just not good at telling you that they want to go somewhere, or they’re done talking to you. Do explain briefly if you want to leave after talking to them since they may miss subtle signs that you’re leaving.
Another surprising thing about taking care of an autistic patient is that, eye contact is not necessary. They can communicate better when they are not looking at the person they are conversing with or when they’re not looking at something they’re thinking about.
4) Be consistent with your schedule and consequences.
Even kids without autism need to stick to one schedule and one set of rules so they would be familiar with the consequences of bad behaviors and become obedient. The key to help children with autism apply their therapy in the real-life setting is consistency. In the therapy clinic, for example, kids with autism can carry out a task fast and well when their schedule has a corresponding photo. The live-in Filipino caregiver can use the therapist’s techniques and bring it home for consistency.
Being sociable, learning non-verbal language, and learning can be challenging for patients with autism. Generally, they just need more time to learn and positive reinforcement when it comes to performing tasks at home. We wish your Filipino caregivers a good relationship with your child!
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