The best thing for parents of autistic children is to accept their children as they are and to learn to live with them, Dr. Peter Higgs, professor of psychology at the University of Bristol, said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Higgs is an expert on autism spectrum disorders.
He said parents with a child with autism should understand that “their child is special and deserves special treatment.”
Higgs said autistic children have special needs.
He added that parents should learn how to treat them, as well as their peers, in a nonjudgmental way.
Higgs said he was surprised by the number of autistic people who are seeking help from the public and that they often ask for things like the ability to use the bathroom, and the right to go to school.
“It is difficult to get a sense of what it is like for those who are in that situation,” Higgs told the AP.
Higsons study, which has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, found that people with autism often have difficulty understanding their parents’ needs.
“There is a perception that the parents are just incompetent and they are not capable of helping,” Higsings said.
In an email, a spokesperson for Autism Speaks, which supports autism advocacy groups, said parents who have children with autism are not entitled to public benefits such as disability payments or state disability insurance benefits.
They are not covered for the costs of their child’s school and childcare costs, and they have no right to a child care home, the spokesperson said.