Ways To Support Families Dealing With Autism (Part 3 of 5)

2. When you are out buying groceries and other household necessities or getting ready to take clothes to the dry cleaners, make a quite call to the family you are trying to assist and ask if they need anything while you’re out. This is especially valuable when the child is preschool aged and home all day because many autistic children have a difficult time dealing with the routine changes, noise, and the general overstimulation associated with shopping and running other errands.

3. Give the parents peace of mind by telling them that they are welcome to use you as their emergency contact in case of accidents or illness. This is especially important to single parents.

4. When possible, offer to help out with lawn work. Some autistic need constant supervision, especially when outdoors, making it very difficult for a parent to find the time to work on the outside of their home while their child is relying on their care.

5. If the family is a neighbor of yours, offer to help out when it’s time to bring groceries in from the car or play with the child until the parent is finished.

6. Help them find ways to become connected with local resources that will assist them in finding the help and support they need.

7. Be a good listener. Sometimes parents just need someone they can trust to talk about the emotions and thoughts that they are coping with or a light break from the sometimes hard to deal with realities of daily life. It’s important that they are allowed the opportunity to still retain a life and identity outside of their role as caretaker.

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