Community - posted on 02/11/2011 ( 40 moms have responded )
Below is an except of a great article shared with Circle of Moms from author Kym Grosso at Psychology Today:
It has been estimated that the prevalence of autism in the United States is 1 out of every 110 births1. So it is of no surprise that many of us know or will know a friend or family member who has a child with autism.
When a child is first diagnosed, parents often scramble to find appropriate autism services, doctors, schools and therapists. What we don't always anticipate is that relationships with friends, family and neighbors often change. Some will stand by our side, doing what they can to help and embrace our child no matter the diagnosis. However, some people will either sit quietly on the sidelines or abandon the relationship altogether.
So what happens when you find out that your friend, family member or neighbor has a child who has been diagnosed with autism? How can you help your friend? How can you help their child? There are many ways you can assist a friend from talking to offering a playdate. Here are 10 things you can do to help a family whose child has been diagnosed with autism...