Having a grandchild on the autism spectrum

Messages to others

We asked grandparents what messages they would give to other grandparents, or health professionals. Some of the messages were very similar. They wanted to let other grandparents know that there was light at the end of the tunnel and that things did get better. In their experience, time helped, both in accepting “the unexpected” and in finding the right forms of support. For health professionals, the main message was that a greater understanding of and awareness about autism spectrum disorders was needed. They called for more open and sensitive communication. Even if the news wasn’t always positive, it could always be communicated in an empathetic way.
“Nobody said a single positive thing about him”
“It’s nothing like as bad as you think it’s going to be”
Last reviewed August 2018.
Last updated May 2015.

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