Living with Autism

Receiving a diagnosis of autism is a major life event. Coping with the diagnosis and learning to manage the child’s treatment become lifelong tasks.

When a child with autism goes to school, there are essentially two options: He may be placed in special education classes, or he may be “mainstreamed” with the rest of the children.

The best treatment for autism is early, intense, structured and interactive instruction provided by well-trained teachers. But children spend most of their waking hours at home. In order to be effective, any treatment regimen must rely on “special parenting” by informed parents.

Support groups can be helpful for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders.