Autism should be approached as a condition that affects families, not just individuals. Unlike many checklists for caregivers, this particular infographic recognizes that autism can be stressful for families, and has ramifications for the people close to the individual. The infographic stresses the importance of self-care for those family members by suggesting that family members plan “date nights” or activities with children that do not exclusively revolve around autism. The infographic also presents several proactive suggestions for parents of autistic children to nurture their families in proactive, constructive ways. It stresses being an advocate for autism, educating one’s self, being mindful in the present, and finding support in a community of others in similar situations. Additionally, it provides a link where parents can find additional information about autism.

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