Navigating Life With an Autistic Child

Learning that your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be overwhelming and confusing. You'll want to research the latest therapies and figure out what type of educational setting is best for your child. You may feel inclined to dispel any myths or misconceptions friends and family members have about the disorder. Most importantly, you'll want to nurture your child's strengths and help them realize their potential.

Here is a round-up of Verywell articles that can help you navigate some of the challenges—and rewards— involved in parenting an autistic child

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Coping With an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis

It's not uncommon to feel distressed and overwhelmed when your child is diagnosed with autism. You may feel grief, guilt, or even an initial impulse to seek a "cure" for your child. These articles can help you manage some of these feelings:

Nurturing Your Child's Strengths

There are many myths and stereotypes surrounding autism. While it's true that people with ASD have challenges with social communication and behavior, they are also capable of forming close relationships and enjoying life. Here's what to know and how to bring out the best in your child:

Autism and Family Matters

While parents often have the most immediate and intense response to their child’s diagnosis, siblings and other close family members are also likely to be affected. Some families are brought together by the challenges autism brings, while others find that the strain of having an autistic family member can take a toll. Some advice on how to manage various aspects of raising a child with autism can be found here:

Education and Autism

From preschool to college and beyond, finding the best educational setting for your child can be a puzzle. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees children with ASD a public education, but public schools do not always have the resources to provide the appropriate therapies and classroom settings that some autistic children need. Here are resources, ideas, and information to help you understand the options:

A Word From Verywell

Parenting a child with autism requires patience and determination. Learning all you can about the disorder and its implications on various aspects of your child's life will help ensure that your child—and your family—thrives.

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