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Autism Spectrum Disorder From a Family Perspective 

Autism Spectrum Disorder From a Family Perspective
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Autism Spectrum Disorder From a Family Perspective
Author(s):

Nancy Lurie Marks

, Cathy Lurie

, and Clarence E. Schutt

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199349722.003.0025
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date: 24 May 2022

The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has a profound and lasting effect on family life. A physician treating a person with ASD, even if just carrying out an initial evaluation, should develop an awareness of the all-pervasive character of the changes that the family as a whole must make. The reading of personal accounts by family members and individuals with ASD can be of great help in developing an awareness of the stresses on the emotional, financial, physical, and social resources of the family. The thwarting of the intense desire to communicate, and the isolating effect of this on persons with ASD, adds to the sense of frustration and loss. Despite these challenges, families often summon the strength to deal with school districts, government agencies, insurance companies, employers, housing officials, and often the ignorance of neighbors and friends.

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