Tips for Parents

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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.

Parents need help becoming effective consumers of autism services. They should keep realistic expectations for their child’s behavioral and cognitive growth, as well as outcomes at school and beyond. They must understand enough about how their child learns to provide “special parenting” when the child is not in organized treatment.

Parents also need to "adjust their own face mask before attempting to help others," taking care to avoid exhaustion to ensure they can be good caretakers for their children for the long term.