Stresses on Families

The following excerpt is taken from Chapter 10 of Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Understanding the Diagnosis and Getting Help by Mitzi Waltz, copyright 2002 by O’Reilly & Associates, Inc. For book orders/information, call (800) 998-9938. Permission is granted to print and distribute this excerpt for noncommercial use as long as the above source is included. The information in this article is meant to educate and should not be used as an alternative for professional medical care.

  • Withdrawal and overinvolvement
  • Burnout and respite
  • Resentment
  • Genetic blame
  • Parental neuropsychiatric problems
  • Siblings
  • Lack of family support