Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) touches the lives of every member of the family. In both positive and negative ways, daily life can be different than it was before. This new experience often requires a fresh approach to parenting.
In recognition of April’s World Autism Month, Advantage Care Health Centers’ Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities has prepared a helpful list of tips and services for parents and families who are raising a child with autism.
Even though parenting can be a draining experience, it’s important to remain active. Whenever possible, get your child out of the house and into the community.
From leisure activities to educational programs, there are countless recreational options available on Long Island, which can open up new opportunities for you and your child.
One of the keys to providing autism support is to have a solid support system. Many parents join local community groups, which help them make connections and develop valuable relationships.
Long Island has a wealth of groups available that provide resources and information to parents and families of autistic children.
Volunteering also gives you an opportunity to meet like-minded people, who could become part of your support system.
Even if you don’t have much free time, volunteering in a limited capacity will help you get more connected. Lending a hand at school functions, being a class parent or volunteering at community events, like the Town of Oyster Bay’s Walk for Autism, are three easy ways to get involved.
There’s no doubt that autism awareness has increased in recent years. However, many people still do not know about its signs and symptoms.
Start by educating those closest to you. Friends and family members who know more about the disorder will be better able to help you provide autism support.
Don’t forget to give yourself some personal time, too. Even a brief excursion, like going to the movies, can help you feel renewed and ready to parent when you return home.
The Fay J. Lindner Center specializes in providing services to children and adults with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and the general public. We offer comprehensive outpatient assessments and treatment programs that provide a wide range of behavioral and mental health services, including:
The Fay J. Lindner Center joined with Advantage Care Health Centers in 2009. For over 15 years, it has been providing the highest quality of care based on current research and evidence-based treatment.
Contact us today to request an appointment.