Most parents experience stress, but for those raising children with autism, everyday life often brings Stress with a capital S, from managing behavior and therapies to school problems. More than a few studies report that parents of children with autism experience more stress than other parents do. What can families do to cope?
Autism and stigma
Parents report that their child's autistic behaviors, combined with social stigma and isolation, make their lives more challenging, according to a new study of the Simons Simplex Collection. Many families say they feel socially isolated or rejected, while some of their children are bullied and teased because of autism.
National Geographic arrives with the provocative title, "The War on Science." Inside, readers learn that some people are skeptical of vaccines and other things commonly accepted by scientists. Into this divide comes Dr. Ruth Fischbach. Can her study on autism close the gap between parents and scientists?
This recorded webinar with Ruth L. Fischbach Ph.D. explores how parents and scientists differ – or agree – on important topics including the causes of autism, genetic testing, and stigma.
We “neurotypicals” – people who don’t have autism – are social creatures, with set ideas about the proper behavior of others. Are we too quick to judge when someone's behavior doesn't meet our expectations? How does that affect people with autism?
Who hasn't felt the disapproving stares of others when their child with autism was acting differently? Those glares convey the shame, disappointment or rejection that societies around the globe attach to autism. What does stigma mean for people?