Living with Autistic Children

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Recent statistics by the CDC – Center for Disease and Prevention show that there is 1 in every 91 children living with autism in the United States. As a matter of fact, it is believed that there are roughly 1 million people in the US that are autistic. The studies further showed that autism prevalence will increase by more than 20% in the next three years. CDC US anticipates that more children will be diagnosed with autism in 2012 than type 2 diabetes, AIDS and cancer pooled. This goes on to show that there are more families living with autism and as such need assistance on how to live with autistic children.

Before looking at how to live with an autistic child, let us first of all define the term autism.

What is autism?

Autism is a condition that causes a child to experience his or her environment differently from other children. Children living with autism not only find it hard to dialog with other people, but also difficult to articulate themselves by making use of words. Children who have autism normally recoil to themselves and most cannot interconnect without special assistance.

Living with autism children

Living with an autistic child can cause a lot of anxiety and stress for members of a household. Given that there is no treatment for autism, it is important that families living with autistic child to exercise patience and steadfastness. The following are tips and guidelines on how to live with autistic child:

Tips

–          Address any form of anxiety that may prop up while caring for an autistic child. This can be achieved by sharing responsibility and ensuring that every member of the family has time for themselves.

–          Make use of every resource to assist you live with an autistic child. For example, you can visit The American Society of Autism official website for links to certified professionals such as occupational and speech therapists, camps for autistic children, psychiatrists and schools for autistic children.

–          Ensure that your home is childproof. Making your home accident proof ensures that injuries are prevented.

While it is challenging to live with an autistic child, it’s not entirely impossible.

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5 thoughts on “Living with Autistic Children

    • Hello Billy! Foremost, I’d like to thank you for your comment. I will be making a follow-up on this article in the next two days. If, there are aspects of autism that you would like me to address in the next article, please let me know.

      • Thank you for your reply! This subject is not something I have need of the information. You just struck an interest in me. What is suspected to be the cause of Autism and what scientific research is being done today involving Autism and it’s possible cure or treatment?

  1. New findings published in Pediatrics (Epub ahead of print) by the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders reveal that 70 percent of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who have a history of severe language delay, achieved phrase or fluent speech by age eight. This suggests that more children presenting with ASD and severe language delay at age four can be expected to make notable language gains than was previously thought. Abnormalities in communication and language are a defining feature of ASD, yet prior research into the factors predicting the age and quality of speech attainment has been limited. *

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