Children with autism are affected by many factors that will shape their future. Overall, the long-term outcomes of children with
autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been improving. In general, the sooner ASD is identified, the sooner appropriate intervention programs can begin.
While some children make significant developmental gains with
early and intense intervention, some children may make slow progress depending on their intelligence, the severity of their ASD symptoms, and whether they have associated medical problems such as
seizures or significant
The goal of all parents is to help their child reach his full potential with the help of all available resources.
"Learning your child has autism can certainly change your perception of what you thought your life might be. You may have to restructure your priorities and develop new coping skills. And you may have to change some of your plans for the future. But in their place will be new dreams, new goals, and new priorities. The key is finding ways to adapt and adjust that suit your family, your needs, and your circumstances. It likely won't be easy. But people often find strength from within and from those around them to succeed. By loving your child dearly, you will be inspired to do what you can to learn as much as possible about ASD so that you too will be rewarded as you discover what works for your family."
Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know; Alan I. Rosenblatt, MD, FAAP, and Paul S. Carbone, MD, FAAP, editors