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Handling Challenges When Caring For Adults With Autism

Author : Jamie Simpson

Autism is a brain disorder which causes developmental disabilities that restrict an individual's ability to communicate as well as socialize with others. The National Autistic Society reports that almost half of all adults with autism in the UK live with their parents. Since autism is a condition which persists throughout an individual's life, learning how to handle the challenges of caring for adults with autism can help not only the autistic family member but also help minimize the stresses and pressures felt by every other member of the family.

Low functioning autistic adults need constant care at home or in a residential facility because they truly cannot function in the real world of work, duty and responsibility. Because of the expense of residential care, most low functioning austistic adults are cared for at home by their families. High functioning autistic adults present less of a challenge because this group is able to train to undertake minimal responsibilities and even in some cases simple jobs in the workforce outside the home.

Because caring for an adult with autism is a challenge that lasts throughout the individual's life, it is essential that the primary caretaker or family members dealing with the autistic person find support networking with other individuals in the same situation. The National Autistic Society is one of the best resources in the UK for getting support in dealing with a family member who has autism and is now an adult. Round the clock caretaking can cause emotional as well as physical burnout, so care should be taken for regularly scheduled respite breaks by enlisting other family members for help or hiring outside help on an occasional basis in order to catch one's breathe.

To ease the financial strain that many families encounter when caring for an adult with autism, application should be made to the proper government sources recommended by the NAS in order to receive disability benefits as well as financial stipends to ease any monetary stress caused by caring for a family member with autism.

Getting to know as much as possible about therapies that can help adults with autism is another step in the right direction while dealing with the challenge of caring for an autistic adult. Many adults with autism can benefit from having menus with special dietary considerations, as well as participating in a program of specific vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements. Specific programs like autism assistance dogs are just one of many therapies which can prove helpful when caring for adults with autism.

Asking for help and support, learning as much as possible about autism and the treatments that help the autistic adult, as well as taking a one day at a time positive attitude all form the cornerstone of a healthy program for dealing with the care of adults with autism.

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