Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that manifests as differences in socialization, communication, and behaviors. Typically, these signs first appear in young children. Autism is considered a spectrum condition that affects each person differently, and each person with autism has unique challenges and strengths.
Autism is a lifelong condition, meaning children with autism become adults with autism. The life outcomes of people with autism can vary significantly from person to person, with some living independently long-term and others needing lifelong support.
The rest of this learning center covers lots of aspects of autism, but here are some important guiding principles to remember at this stage of your journey:
- Your child is still deserving of love and respect, and they have tremendous potential.
- It’s normal for you as a parent to experience a wide range of emotions in response to your child’s diagnosis of autism. For many people, it can take time to make sense of this information.
- Research suggests early intervention is the best support you can give your child to help their development and long-term quality of life.
- Every child with autism is different, so what helps one child or family may not be the best fit for another. Trust your gut: you know what’s right for you and your child.