Can autistic adults adopt children

Psychiatry, Psychosomatics & Psychotherapy

Information for parents and relatives with an autism spectrum disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorders in a child / close relative usually have a strong influence on family life - in emotional and practical terms. For some parents and siblings, the resulting everyday stresses cause them to overstrain themselves, neglect their own needs and gradually lose their strength. Spouses often reproach each other, and healthy siblings feel that they are not being given enough attention. But it is precisely the family cohesion, the strength and the commitment of the relatives that make a decisive contribution to the development and advancement of the patient.

In order to relieve the caring relatives, hourly supervision for the patient can be requested. There are also short-term care facilities that look after autistic children for a few weeks in order to enable the family to have a vacation without worrying or responsibility for the autistic child. Another important option is parenting advice and training from qualified psychotherapists. In special courses, parents and relatives learn theoretical backgrounds about the disease and its treatment methods; In the form of role-play, they learn strategies on how to react in certain situations and exchange experiences with other relatives. In most cases, such parenting training improves both the relationship between the person affected by autism spectrum disorder and their loved ones and the family atmosphere in general. In addition, relatives can join self-help groups for an emotional and practical exchange.

What can you do?

  • Try to accept the condition and understand it.
  • Find detailed information about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the specifics associated with the condition.
  • Inform all contact persons about your child's illness.
  • Contact an experienced child and adolescent psychiatrist for detailed advice on therapy and support options.
  • Check your apartment situation and the surrounding area for possible sources of danger, nearby therapy offers, appropriate care facilities, helpful neighbors, etc. Submit applications for possible cost coverage or financial support.
  • Do not stifle a child with autism spectrum disorder in their development. Encourage it to the right degree - don't be overly anxious, trust it to do something, but don't ask for something it can't do.
  • Set realistic therapy goals. This makes progress visible more quickly.
  • Think of yourself too! Only rested and relaxed will you have enough strength for your family.
  • It is important to avoid blaming yourself and other family members.
  • And: Stay calm and relaxed about untested healing methods, especially if they promise quick and complete healing with an often enormous investment of time and money.

Technical support: Prof. Dr. med. Dipl. Theol. Christine M. Freitag, Frankfurt (DGKJP)