Just like you do any other child. She is still, first and foremost, a child. You set limits, provide structure and routine. The first thing you need to do is educate yourself. Read books, magazine articles, google the Doug Flutie foundation, contact the Autism Society of America. Find a local special needs group - local autism society, first in families, etc. to offer support and help with locating local resources. You are your child's best advocate. What, exactly, you need to do would be based on the functioning level of your child - is she verbal? does she follow simple direction? etc. Without knowing, it's hard to offer concrete advice about exactly what to do.
at 8:30 AM on Aug. 16, 2010