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 has been shown to 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.1
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Andrew Swan, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Fred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry|
|Last Revised||July 6, 2010|
Last Revised: April 6, 2012
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