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.footnote 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.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD, MPH - PediatricsThomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerFred R. Volkmar, MD - Pediatrics, PsychiatryLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as ofDecember 7, 2017
Current as of: December 7, 2017
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Fred R. Volkmar, MD - Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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