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Your Answers: The Worst Advice For Parents of Children With Autism (Infographic)

Posted on November 13, 2016

We asked and you answered! We posted this question: What bits of "advice" do you wish people would stop telling you? and hundreds of you took the time to respond.

What did we learn? From the unconcerned ("It's probably not a big deal") to the plain unhelpful ("He'll grow out of it"), advice is hurled at us from friends, family, coworkers, even strangers. While most suggestions are probably well-intentioned, hearing them over and over can make us feel that our children are minimized and misunderstood.

Some of the most common answers we heard:

  • She’ll grow out of it
  • He just needs to be disciplined
  • He needs to get out more
  • Just take her out of public school
  • You have to set boundaries
  • She’s just doing it for attention
  • Is there a cure yet?
  • Don’t spoil him so much

Everyone's situation is different and not all of these apply to each person. Tell us: What advice do YOU wish people would stop telling you?

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

Puberty and autism. I have raised 5 kids, 2 boys 3 girls who are grown and out on their own, and I watched each one go thru puberty in their own way. A lot of attitude and a lot of tears. But my… read more

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