15 tips for families dealing with autism
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.
- 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.