Autism – articles and other resources
Autism is a challenge for the entire family. These articles can help you better understand the disorder, identify the symptoms, and overcome the obstacles your child faces.
As a parent, you never want to believe that your precious child may have a problem. But when it comes to autism, catching it early can make a huge difference. The younger your child is at diagnosis, the greater the impact your intervention and treatment can have on the symptoms of autism and other developmental problems.
If you suspect autism in your infant, toddler or older child, investigate the possibility of an autism spectrum disorder and take action by learning all you can about what you can do and seeking help.
What is autism?
Autism is not a single disorder, but a spectrum of closely related neurodevelopmental disorders with a shared core of symptoms. While the severity of and specific symptoms vary widely from person, every individual on the autism spectrum has problems to some degree with social skills, empathy, communication, and flexible behavior.
- Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Parent’s Guide to Symptoms and Diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum
- Autism Symptoms and Early Signs: What to Look for in Babies, Toddlers, and Children
- Helping Children with Autism: Autism Treatment Strategies and Parenting Tips
- Autism Behavior Problems: What’s Triggering Your Child’s Outbursts?
Help for parents
- Emotional Intelligence Toolkit: Program for Managing Overwhelming Stress and Emotions
- What Is Secure Attachment and Bonding? Understanding the Different Ways of Bonding and Communicating With Your Child
- Caregiving Support and Help: Tips for Making Family Caregiving Easier
- Caregiver Stress and Burnout: Tips for Recharging and Finding Balance
Parenting a child with autism can be stressful. But whatever your circumstances, there are steps you can take to cultivate calm, quickly relieve stress, and protect yourself from the harmful effects of stress overload. MORE »
It’s not easy navigating the daily challenges of autism in the family. And if you don’t take care of yourself, it can become overwhelming. Looking after your emotional health is just as important as caring for your physical health.