In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Health Minute" Dr. Connie Mariano shares a few tips on what a person can do when faced with autism in their lives.
Dr. Connie Mariano: You are not alone. There is help available for autism. I'm Dr. Connie Mariano, Chief Clinical Officer with EmpowHER, with what you can do about autism.
Dealing with an autistic child can be overwhelming. The Mayo Clinic offers these tips...
Start by connecting with other parents of autistic children. Approximately one percent of all kids are autistic, so you are not alone, and you can find free support at the Autism Support Network.
Make sure to take the time to find the right team to work with your autistic child. Teachers, doctor, and therapists can make a huge impact on your son or daughter.
The Autism Society is another great resource and can help you get started, if you need some direction make sure to get your information on autism from reliable sources. There's a lot of information out there on autism, some of it good, some bad.
Again, the Autism Support Network and autism society are great resources for information.
Finally, parents, make sure to find some time for yourselves. This disorder can overwhelm not only your child, but your relationships too. You should never feel guilty about getting some much needed down time.
I'm Dr. Connie Mariano with EmpowHER, with what you can do about autism.