Taking care of a child with autism can present many challenges. We’re here to help with some important tips and resources to support you and help your child thrive.
Autism rates have been steadily increasing in recent years. The condition now affects 1 in 68 children, and misinformation is widespread. For example, check out these common myths about autism. If you’re a caregiver to someone with autism, or know someone who is, having the right resources can make all the difference.
Take a look at the information below for ways to support your child and help him or her grow.
Setting a routine in your child’s day can maintain consistency and help lessen surprises and disruptions for things like appointments and meetings. When your child needs comfort, find a spot in your home where your child is relaxed to enjoy an activity such as reading, writing, or exercising.
Every child is unique. Pay attention to your child’s behavior, abilities, and communication techniques to better understand and guide him or her:
Early intervention is free for everyone in New York City. According to mental health experts, to help your child succeed and better support his or her needs, it’s best to get early intervention as soon as symptoms appear. Speak with your child’s doctor to determine what treatment plan is best for you and your child.
Find out more about early intervention in New York City here.
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed as a caregiver. Try to connect with others when you can. Speaking with other guardians of children with autism, especially those with similar interests or challenges, can help lessen stress, anxiety, and isolation, and help you feel empowered.
Check out the resources below to help your child flourish and take good care of yourself along the way.
Find out more on what you need to know about caregiver stress and burnout and the importance of practicing self-care!
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“Early Intervention,” NYC Health. Accessed June 13, 2017.
“Autism: Why Act Early?” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed June 13, 2017.
“Facts About ASD,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed June 14, 2017.