Autism
 

Can A Person With Autism
Lead A Normal Life?

When parents find out that their child has autism, they often want to know if their child will be able to lead a “normal” life.

Though it’s natural to want this for your child, it’s important that you are proud of your child no matter what and that you don’t place expectations on him or her.

There are just so many differences in each case of autism that it’s impossible to predict how “normal” a person’s life will be.

The good news is that no matter how “low-functioning” or “high-functioning” a child with autism is, there is help and hope for their future.

Today, many children with autism can be mainstreamed into classrooms with other children.

Special interventions can be given to them to improve their ability to learn, as well as their social, language, and communication skills. These interventions can also help reduce the amount and degree of disruptive behavior they may have.

Some children are able to learn basic academic skills like reading, writing, and simple math, and even go on to finish high school. Some even earn college degrees.

Even those children who are seriously mentally retarded are often able to do things to help themselves like cooking, dressing, doing laundry, and handling money.

Finally, when a child with autism becomes an adult, there are programs that can train many of them to do meaningful work and be involved in their community.

One of the most important factors in helping a child with autism reach his or her potential and a “normal life” is early intervention.

The sooner a child begins to receive help, the more they are able to learn. Even so, no matter when your child is diagnosed, it's never too late to start treatment.