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Essential information for patient and family

  • Obtaining a correct diagnosis can be an important step in managing a childís developmental problems and planning for the future. Previously inexplicable behaviours may be seen to be part of a pattern of difficulties.
  • Your child will need ongoing support and will benefit from the involvement of a wide network of professionals.
  • Individuals with autism or Asperger syndrome often make significant developmental gains well into adult life, but they do not grow out of their difficulties.
  • Playing to the individualís strengths and minimizing situations that require sophisticated social skills are important aspects of maximizing an individualís functioning and satisfaction.
  • Some will need life-long supervision and care, while others can achieve greater levels of independence.
  • Advice and support can be provided through your local National Autistic Society group.

Last edited: 17/9/2003

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