While autism makes life difficult for individuals so afflicted by it, their families also struggle with the overwhelming demands the disorder places on relationships. Professionals advise parents of autistic children to learn all they can about autism and its effects on the diagnosed individual, as well as the whole family unit; to join support groups; to glean professional advice; and to understand their rights as a family with an autistic child. Unfortunately, the burden of autism often results in a higher divorce rate than in families with normally developing children, and about a third of siblings exhibit abnormal development. The effects of autism on families demand that each family member learns strategic coping skills.
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