Survival guide for families growing up with autism

If you are reading this blog, you probably already know something about autism spectrum disorders.  You know that at least 1 out of every 150 children are diagnosed with autism, and the numbers are growing daily.

You know that these children usually have challenges with communication and social interaction. They often have unusual, repetitive behaviors or interests, and they may be more strongly affected by sensory information than their typical peers. 

 In spite of these traits many share, each child with autism is unique, as different one from another as an other two children, which is why they say, “If you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met ONE child with autism.”

But, if you have or know a child with autism, then you also know one thing they all have in common, in the best of all possible worlds:

Children with autism will grow up.

There is a lot of attention on treatments for children with autism, with over a million websites dedicated to this. (Seriously, I am not exagerating. I just did a search on “children autism treatment” and found 1, 030,000 sites.)

But this blog is about what comes next.

How do we help them transition from high school to college or jobs? How do they take that gian step from living at home to living independently? How will they fare when transitioning from IEP protections to the “real world” out of school? These are the difficult questions we should be asking, and it’s never too soon to start thinking about their future.

So, do you have tips to share? Questions to ask? Or just want to chat with others who understand where you are coming from? Let me know.

Wendela

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