Caring for a child who has irritability associated with autistic disorder can be difficult and isolating, but there are steps you can take to help.
If your child’s behavior limits community involvement, disrupts family life, or threatens his or her safety, talk to a doctor about treatment options. It may help to write down your concerns before your visit. Here are the types of issues you may want to bring up:
- Troubling behaviors. Mention specific behaviors, not your interpretation of them (for example, “pacing and screaming” instead of “agitated”)
- Changes over time. Has your child always behaved like this? If not, when did it start?
- Occurrences. In what situations are the problem behaviors most and least likely to happen?
Here are some organizations that provide support for parents of children with autistic disorder:
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