How to help Autistic people

Helping Autistic People
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Playing our part

We’ve all heard the saying ‘A little help goes a long way’. So why don’t we try doing our part in whatever way we can and help those who are differently abled?

It’s a misconception that if we want to help we need to be well versed with all forms of disabilities and disorders. Truth is, we only need a basic understanding of their condition and needs. It all constitutes of very simple mundane acts.

Social Behaviour

It starts with the initiative or need for inclusion. An autistic person has difficulty with socially interacting and communicating with other people. Therefore, they may not be able to express how isolated or left out they feel. So we can always try to include them in as many activities and tasks as possible.

Patience is the key with Autistic People

This allows them to be around people and slowly learn basic cues and etiquettes of being around people. But at the same time, it becomes important for us to be patient and have a constant eye on them.

This is because they are not able to register social cues and also because of their stereotypic behaviors. Certain sounds, sights, the smell may trigger their odd behaviors.

So being patient and observant helps here because once the situation is under control, everything goes back to normal.

Relations with Caregivers

It also helps to be on good terms with their caregiver primarily because ASD is usually diagnosed at a young age. The caretaker of the autistic individual is probably well versed with their child’s condition.

Therefore, getting information comes best from the caregiver itself as they have carefully monitored and take care of the autistic individual.

Fulfilling our Responsibility

We as individuals can do many little things for these people. For example, making sure they don’t become a victim of bullying.

Autistic people are easily bullied for their odd body language or mannerisms. Essentially they are no different from us except for their disorder. Therefore, proper communication is an essential key.

It becomes extremely important to communicate clearly to them. They also tend to take every sentence or expression quite literally. Being unable to take on social cues, they may not completely understand idioms and slangs. Hence, it becomes quite essential to communicate with them in literal terms.


We need to realize that we don’t need to always go out of our way. Sometimes, inclusion starts with a small deed of kindness and love. Making someone feel part of society shouldn’t be such a problem.

All it takes towards inclusion is awareness and small acts of including these individuals to the larger picture of things.

Afterall in the circle of life, each one of us deserves to be happy.

Nikitha Menon

With the pursuit of knowledge and love for the written word, Nikhita Menon tries to explore the world of disabilities, disorders, diseases and all stigma associated. She is a fresh college graduate from Christ University, Banglore majored in English, Psychology and Media Communication.

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