- Commit to participating in treatment. Once you find a treatment plan that works for your child and your family, commit to supporting it. Treatment may be challenging at times -- remind each other of your commitment.
- Learn as much as you can, and educate your loved ones.
- Find a support group.
- Help your child communicate and manage sensory input. Use pictures or demonstrations to communicate. Speak directly and simply, avoiding slang or figures of speech. Carefully expose your child to new sensations.
- Help your other children understand -- and remember their needs as well. Siblings often struggle with the time and attention a child with autism needs. Use books to help your other children express their feelings.
- Consider family counseling. You and other family members may want counseling psychotherapy to help heal the feelings that autism can bring up. Ask your doctor for advice or a referral.
- Communicate acceptance. Autism or Asperger's is a challenge, but it is only one aspect of your child's total character. Focus on what your child can do -- there is more than one right way to do most things. Look for strengths, and you will find them.
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Intermountain Healthcare answeredIf your child is being treated for autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), you can help him at home in the following ways: