New Year Resolutions for Caretakers of Individuals with ASD

A new year brings with it immense hope. No matter what the circumstances, there’s no one stopping us from deciding how we live. Caretaking is never easy, but the new year is a time to take stock and draw up a list of priorities (for yourself above all else). After all, if your cup isn’t full, how will you pour more of yourself into caretaking? If you are struggling to put yourself first, we are helping you get started:

Put Routine First, For You & Yours:
It is easy to get thrown off-track for whatever reason from plans for setting a consistent routine. But as you may already know, individuals with ASD are advised a predictable routine for their better functioning on a daily basis. So it is never too late to start over again, and again, and again. The question to ask if you have a routine in place to begin with. Perhaps that would be a good place to start.

Magic of Self-Care:
You do you, as they say. There are certain activities that should be prioritized just as any daily habit, so that you are at your optimal best. This could be exercise, meditation, a quick phone call to touch base with a loved one, you decide. Set a date to do what brings you joy on a consistent basis.

Be Flexible:
When living with an individual with ASD, we are conditioned to expect the unexpected. If this is bringing you anxiety, take notice and get help. What you might need is adequate support to know how to navigate challenges.

Stay Updated, Stay Connected:
The times we live in provide us with resources that equip us better. Find time to look up support groups within your community or even online. This will lead to more workshops and resources. A network encourages sharing with other caregivers while attending sessions by experts will keep you updated about the latest from the world of autism research.

Make it Wholesome:
Individuals with ASD need therapeutic interventions that will help in their advancement and health. As caretakers, it is also important to realize that we cannot fill all the gaps and so we need to bring in the right professionals where needed. If you are being too hard on yourself, now’s a good time to make corrections.

Vow to be an Inclusion Advocate:
If you are not a part of the solution, you are part of the problem. So get out there this year with your loved ones and take a stand. An inclusive environment is fostered through awareness and acceptance. Start small, but make sure you do take a step in the right direction.

Celebrate Every Win:
Instead of beating yourself up, recall each day the one activity that made you smile. There may be days with nothing to smile about too, but that’s okay. But progress is to be celebrated when it does happen.

About Author
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Bahij Khouzami

M.Ed., BCBA, IBA | Founder

Bahij Khouzami is an expert in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) specializing in Autism. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and an International Behavior Analyst (IBA), Bahij is also a Professional Advisory Board Member of IBAO.
With a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, specializing in Autism from Cambridge College in Massachusetts, USA, Bahij has provided ABA services for schools, homes and clinics across Massachusetts, USA.
Highly skilled, Bahij has worked with multidisciplinary teams in clinical, home, nursery and school settings during his career in the United States and now in Dubai.
A passionate teacher, Bahij trains therapists, educators and parents. Through AIS, Bahij remains committed to making a positive impact in the lives of individuals with Autism.

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