Having a family member with
autism presents many challenges. Support and training
for parents and siblings are important components of treatment. Training family
members about autism and how to effectively manage the symptoms can reduce family stress and improve the functioning of the child with
autism.1 Some families will need more outside
assistance than others, depending on their internal functioning, established
support systems, and financial situation.
It is important for parents to actively seek assistance from whatever
sources are available. Talk to your health professional and investigate what
help is available locally. Family, friends, public agencies, and national or
community organizations are all potential resources.
Whatever the source of support, the following measures are helpful
for all families who have a member with autism.
Myers SM, et al. (2007, reaffirmed 2010). American Academy of
Pediatrics clinical report: Management of children with autism spectrum
disorders. Pediatrics, 120(5): 1162–1182.
April 3, 2012
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Fred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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