A diagnosis of autism has a very significant impact not only on the person diagnosed with the condition and only on the immediate family, but also the extended family, friends, schoolmates, providers of medical services and many other people.
An autistic child faces a lot of challenges. He or she will most likely need support with the academic part of school and behavior interventions before going to school. Parents will also need to help the child communicate and socially interact with others. Since children with autism have a problem recognizing social signals, they will also need help in making friends and successful social interactions. The absence of such support can make an autistic person feel like a complete outsider.
The good news is that people who get the diagnosis of autism today have a better future than autistic individuals ever before because there are multiple treatment options, educational interventions and a body of knowledge about the condition.
If a family has a child with autism, parents will most likely have to rearrange many of their resources, including time and money, to be able to better help the autistic child. This may lead to strains on marriage and relationships with and between other children. Evidence shows that families with autistic children have a very high divorce rate. In addition to this, the condition of autism has created a huge challenge for the school system and the teachers, many of whom did not receive training on dealing with the condition. Many communities have services for both parents and children, but the rise in the number of diagnoses has been much higher than the rise in spending.
People with autism often need special services when it comes to both education and healthcare. This is something that many of the schools and hospitals are just learning to provide and manage.