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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Autism
by Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
Autism is a lifelong condition. Children with autism and their families may benefit from early intervention. This can include a structured, predictable schedule. With help, many people with autism learn to cope with their condition. Most need assistance and support throughout their lives. Others are able to work and live independently when they grow up.
Making these lifestyle changes may help your child both at home and at school:
When to Contact Your Child's Doctor
You will need monitor your child's progress and provide feedback to his healthcare team and teachers. Be sure that you feel comfortable with your child's doctor and therapist. These professionals should have a lot of experience with autism. Stay in contact with this team and call them if you have any concerns.
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Last reviewed March 2017 by Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 3/15/2015
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