Hey my name is Rachel and iam a 17 year old female and iam babysitting this 15 year old kid with autisim from 10:00pm to 2:30 am in the morning How can I keep this kid occupied for that long since I have no exsperince with babysitting autistic kids?
Bella'sAdvice answered Sunday May 7 2006, 7:11 pm: My neice is the same way she avoids eye contact and all and the only way to get her attention is to find stuff that they like and try to show them as much attention that you can because it make them feel special and wanted and they'll open up to you and communicate with you even more trust me it's gonna workdo good luck and beleive me ad be patient. [ Bella'sAdvice's advice column | Ask Bella'sAdvice A Question ]
S_C answered Sunday May 7 2006, 12:25 am: My neighbor is autistic and he's in like 6th or 7th grade I think. He's not much different than a normal kid. At least not that I've noticed. He loves playing baseball and just playing with all the kids in our neighborhood. Besides, between those hours, he should most likely be sleeping. You'd only have to keep him entertained for like 2 hours. Tv or movies are good for short periods of time like that. Or maybe just kick around a soccer ball or something. Nothing too big, he'll be to sleep in no time. [ S_C's advice column | Ask S_C A Question ]
RealisticWench answered Saturday May 6 2006, 9:01 am: You should't really be expected to babysit an autistic kid when you have no experience at all. I suppose it really depends on the severity of their autism though. He/she'll probably already be in bed when you get there but if not putting their favourite movie or something they like to watch on keeps them quiet and calm for a while and during he/she might fall asleep. If they're really badly autistic they'll probably have toys and stuff they'll play with to keep them occupied, if it's not so bad they'll be able to do normal stuff like draw and write. Autistic kids can be very brainy so little games like noughts and crosses'll keep him/her entertained for a while. Good luck. Let me know how it goes. [ RealisticWench's advice column | Ask RealisticWench A Question ]
M3mYseLFnDi answered Saturday May 6 2006, 4:11 am: Dear Rachel,
Babysitting a 15 year old shouldn't be so hard since that kid is also a teenager. I'm sure the kid will find things to do or just go to sleep. That's what most people do during that time.
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