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Families often struggle with obtaining and accepting an autism spectrum diagnosis during a child’s early years. Getting an accurate diagnosis early is key to accessing resources, and starting intensive early intervention often lays the foundation for future success. There is a great deal to learn, however autism programs at this age focus on parent education and family goals, as well as the young child.
School becomes the primary focus once children are attending full day, and provides opportunities for cognitive and academic growth, as well as social skill building with peers. It can be challenging as expectations increase in both school and home, which can result in challenging behavior. Treatment goals will be focused on the individual child, their skills, and ability to follow along with peers.
Individuals with Autism and their caregivers face many changes during the teen years. Social relationships, puberty, body awareness, and increased independence are just a few of the issues to address. Caregivers will also face decisions during transition planning that will lay the programmatic groundwork for a teen with autism and set expectations for education and employment.
The life of an adult with ASD may be determined by their cognitive ability, and the therapy and preparation they received when they were younger. There are many steps an individual must take to transition insurance, health care providers, and financial supports and planning. The proper resources can help adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder live productive, independent, and fulfilling lives.