Top 10 Recommendations for Families with Children with Autism

  1. Do not underestimate the challenges of raising multiple children when one or more have Autism – only parents facing the task truly understand the difficulties
  2. Find a balance between doing “normal” activities with your Autistic child and therapies and treatments – the “normal” activities are good for you and for them
  3. Recognize that structure is your friend – summer is often the most challenging season because kids are not in school
  4. Utilize all local resources – many fantastic organizations and agencies exist but you have to ask around to find them
  5. Appreciate great baby sitters – finding one in the first place is very difficult
  6. Understand that the primary reason for vacations is relaxation – going to distant locations is often a tremendous challenge while local vacations can provide valuable respite
  7. Record everything related to your child with special needs – documentation is critical for supporting your child’s current and future needs
  8. Think ahead as much as possible – it is easier to live day to day but you need to plan for the future
  9. Celebrate the little successes – everyone has successes and they should all be recognized regardless of their magnitude
  10. Share your experiences with others – networking with other parents facing similar challenges helps everyone who participates
These recommendations are provided solely as a reference and are not intended to replace counseling from qualified professionals.  Please contact Oak Wealth Advisors if you would like more information about our services.

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