Family & Friends
Much like a sibling’s ability to engage their brother or sister, family and friends can be taught how to connect with your child. Although they may feel uncomfortable or awkward at first, you can teach family members and friends how to respond to your child. They, too, can learn what your child likes and dislikes, how to play games, give direction, what to say and how to touch the child.
Family and friends are often well meaning in their intentions to help, or, on the contrary, may feel helpless or reluctant. Recommendations for friends whose friends have recently received their child’s diagnosis of ASD are similar to any case in which friends offer support. Be a good listener, offer to help (be specific), and don’t take it personally if you’re rebuffed initially.
Many autism organizations extend their services, including support groups, to families and caregivers of children with an ASD.