Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a lifelong condition. Children with ASD and their families may benefit from early intervention. This will need a structured, predictable schedule. With help, many people with ASD learn to cope with their condition. Most need assistance and support throughout their lives. Others are able to work and live on their own when they grow up.
Making these lifestyle changes may help your child both at home and at school:
When to Call Your Child's Doctor
You will needto keep track of your child's progress. Stay in touch with their care team and teachers. Be sure that you feel comfortable with your child's doctor, therapists, or other caretakers. The care team should have experience working with ASD. Call them if you or your child is having problems or a treatment is not working as it should.
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Last reviewed December 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD Last Updated: 8/19/2019