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Family life

If you’re autistic or have someone on the autism spectrum in your family, everyday life can be a real challenge. But sometimes it’s the small changes which can help.

This section has guidance for family members, including parentspartners and siblings. You can read real-life stories from parentspartners and siblings. We also provide information for grandparents and for the children of autistic parents.

 

Parents and children outside

Everything you need to know

Parents

Parents and carers

A guide to all the useful information on our website for parents and carers.

Partners

Partners

Relationship tips and advice. Learn to understand and support your autistic husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend.
Grandparents

Grandparents

Information for grandparents of children or adults who are on the autism spectrum.

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Siblings

Information for siblings of children or adults who are on the autism spectrum.

Sons and daughters

Sons and daughters

For children of autistic parents, this guide will help you to understand their condition and ways that it might affect the family.

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In the home

Information about the physical home environment, funding for home adaptations, and moving house.

Boy wearing glasses

Bereavement

Tips for helping an autistic person to cope with death and bereavement.
Boy and dad outside

Everyday life

Going to the shops, hairdresser or places of worship; road safety and driving.

Mum and son

Holidays and days out

Ideas for holidays and days out at autism-friendly venues plus tips for taking an autistic child to different leisure venues.

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Toys, books and play

Examples of toys, books and play equipment that many parents have found to be popular with autistic children.
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Using technology

Practical guidance to parents of autistic children to help them get the most from technology and avoid associated problems.

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 17/11/2016 18:33:55