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15 tips for families dealing with autism

Posted by on Jan. 14, 2011 at 5:55 PM
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The following is taken from http://www.autismspeaks.org/docs/family_services_docs/100day2/Family_Version_2_0.pdf, credit goes to Kathryn Smerling, Ph.D. Reworded slightly for brevity, feel free to read the actual text for more detail.

For parents:

  • Advocate for your child.
  • Discuss your feelings.
  • Direct your anger towards the disorder, not at loved ones.
  • Appreciate your child's achievements.
  • Get involved with the Autism community.

For brothers & sisters:

  • You are not alone!
  • Be proud of your sibling. If you are embarrased it makes it harder for others to deal with the situation.
  • Don't let sadness or anger overwhelm you.
  • Spend some alone time with just you and Mom & Dad.
  • Do an activity with your sibling.

For grandparents and extended family:

  • Offer help to your family such as offering to watch the child(ren) for a night so Mom & Dad can go out for an evening.
  • Find a support system.
  • Do not be judgemental.
  • Learn about Autism.
  • Devote time to each child, those with and without Autism.


by on Jan. 14, 2011 at 5:55 PM
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mallowcup17
by on Jan. 14, 2011 at 10:58 PM
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that is a great list! some of those sound so simple until you have to do them...

jcdmom
by on Jan. 15, 2011 at 6:06 AM

 Thanks I should cary this list with me

thatgirl70
by on Jan. 25, 2011 at 5:15 PM

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shell1m
by on Jan. 25, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Great list, thanks! 

thatgirl70
by on Jan. 26, 2011 at 12:17 AM

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thatgirl70
by on Jan. 28, 2011 at 7:34 PM

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gogetem
by on Jan. 28, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Yessss.  That sums it up!  I'm going to share this on my blog.  Thank you for posting it :)

thatgirl70
by on Jan. 28, 2011 at 9:37 PM


Quoting gogetem:

Yessss.  That sums it up!  I'm going to share this on my blog.  Thank you for posting it :)

You're welcome. I posted it as a note on Facebook too.

mommy1245
by on Jan. 29, 2011 at 1:17 AM
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by on Jan. 29, 2011 at 10:32 AM

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