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Advice to Help Planning for the Future

December 24, 2010 5 comments

We are so thankful for the outpouring of advice that has flooded in for us to share with the Autism Speaks Community. Who better to give advice than you all, the people that know best! We have heard from people on the autism spectrum, parents, siblings, teachers, therapists, and beyond. Your advice has been broken down into categories, and we will post accordingly!

It gets better! Take one day at a time and remember that there can be a wonderful future for these kids. Love them and support them as much as possible. –Leann

The best advice I can give a newly diagnosed family is to have a plan, be consistent, and take it one day at a time. And always remember, everyday is progress! –Whitney

Although you need to plan for the future, don’t get unnecessarily “worked up” worrying about all the various “what ifs.”  Narrow your worries to immediate concerns. The “what ifs” may never materialize. Trust in yourself that you will never accept the way someone tells you to do something as being the “only way”! I have found the best result in everyday life has come from “thinking outside the box”. You must put yourself in their shoes and feel, smell, see, hear what they do and then you can address the situation. – Kimery

Be ready to deal with what comes in the future. –Joy

We rode the train to our local zoo and when I corrected my son as to which side to get off the train he had a huge tantrum, lots of people staring it was horrible.  I told his teacher about the incident and she said, “Lora, you can’t let what other people think EVER bother you, they have no idea what you are going through so just forget them!”  The next time we went to the Zoo my girlfriends asked if I wanted to “avoid” the train and after a moment I said, “No.  I want to go straight to the train”.  I am not putting him in a bubble.”  He never had a problem with the train since.  Live your life and don’t let other’s stares or commentary get you down.  Their judgment, their problem. –Lora

Be patient, go with the flow, seek the best therapy you can find, and love them through it all. –Sharon

Sometimes you just need treat them like they are normal… they act up discipline them, they do something great give them a kiss and show them all the time they are loved… –Marlene

I am not a parent but I do work with kids with autism. Just remember treat them with respect and treat them as you would any kid. –Debbie

Be your child’s own “job developer”! When it comes to your son/daughter, who knows them better than you do?  Think expansively when considering an workplace area that may best suit their needs, and then network, network, network! Never give up! –Ian

It isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon.  Think about the big picture. -Robin


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