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Autistic Children and the Effects on the Family
A literature review on autism and its effects on the family.
# 113386 | 2,253 words | 15 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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This paper researches the effects autistic children can have on their family. The author reviews literature and studies on this issue and finds that, not only is family life affected, it is common that parents of children with autism tend to show deficits in social interaction. Furthermore the progress and well being of siblings of an autistic child might be affected. These viewpoints are expanded on with the author explaining how early diagnosis and social support can help families cope with their child's developmental delay or disability.

Effects on Parents & Siblings
Effects on Life of Family in Normal Activities
Adapting and Coping Strategies
Summary & Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Autism is a disease that has a major impact upon the family of the child with this disorder, which include emotional, functional, social, financial, as well as others, which will be related in this study. The precise cause of Autism is not known however, researchers are examining the genetic and environmental causes and some state a belief that autism is likely a disorder that is biologically based. However, recently there have been reports, which address the potential of vaccines to cause this disorder as the number of children diagnosed as being Autistic has increased over recent years. Behavioral modification is the most prominent form of treatment being utilized presently to treat this disorder."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Greenspan, Stanley I. (2008) Understanding Autism. Parent & Child. 2008. Online available at:
  • Parents of Autistic Children Twice as Likely to be Mentally Ill (2008) Fox News 5 May 2008. Online available at:,2933,354192,00.html?sPage=fnc/health/mentalhealth
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Best Practice Guidelines for Screening, Diagnosis and Assessment (2002) California Department of Developmental Services: 2002. Online available at:
  • Gold N. 1993 Depression and social adjustment in siblings of boys with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 23 147-163
  • Harris S. 1994 Siblings with Autism. Bethseda, MD : Woodbine House

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