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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, with real-life stories. We also provide information for grandparents and for the children of autistic parents.


Parents and children outside

Everything you need to know


Parents and carers

Information for parents and carers, including behaviour and support strategies.



Relationship tips and advice. Learn to understand and support your autistic partner. 
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Information for siblings of children or adults who are autistic.

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.



Coping with everyday surroundings can be hard for autistic people. Find out how you can help.

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Tips for helping an autistic person to cope with death and bereavement.
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Everyday life

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

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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.

Using technology

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

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Autism Hour

Help your local businesses and shops take steps towards an autism-friendly world.

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Moving house

Ideas on how you can making moving house a less stressful experience for your autistic family member.

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 29/03/2019 10:10:58