With so much of the focus on the exploding rates of Autism in the U.S., the majority of attention has been focused on diagnosis, early intervention and services for school-age children. Not as much attention has been focused on what is available for these individuals after the age of 21 and unfortunately, service options rapidly diminish after this age. ASAT (Association for Science in Autism Treatment) has posted a good article on where to look for resources for older students and adults who need support. To read the article in full, click here.
This will prove to be an even greater issue over the next 10 years as so many individuals on the spectrum transition to adulthood. For those parents and caregivers who have children over the age of 21, is there any advice you can offer or resources you can direct others to that you have found particularly helpful?
No, I know. In all seriousness, it’s Team Braverman from the NBC program “Parenthood”. One of the show’s main storylines portrays a family whose son is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. This image is from the episode where the family participates in an Autism Speaks walk. The plot revolves around the struggle a family faces when they are deciding how they should tell their child about his or her diagnosis.
I have been hooked on this show for the last few weeks. I find the way ‘Parenthood’ tackles difficult topics to be touching and feel that it is an realistic account of a family ‘behind the scenes’. I spend a lot of time with families dealing with many of these same issues and can only imagine being in their shoes. From where I stand this show seems to be a powerful and accurate portrayal of life with a child with Asperger’s. However, I’m curious how parents, grandparents and other clinicians are reacting to the program.