All parents have demands from work, home, family, relationships and life in general. ASD is a lifelong disability and impacts upon many parts of a child's and family's life. The added emotional, physical and monetary demands of having a child with any lifelong disability can be large.
With this in mind, at times parents may request or appear to require extra support. Support options for families generally can be put into categories:
- school or regional based resources, such as classroom teacher, guidance officer or counsellor, other parents, parent support groups, advisory visiting teachers, special education or inclusion teachersfamily based resources, such as extended family, grandparents, in-home respite and support, sibling support groups and Early Years centres
- Queensland disability-specific organisations for information and advice, advocacy, services and individual and group programs and therapy
- government and community based resources, such as accommodation, transport, respite care, recreation, education, advocacy, community access, family support, allowances and payments for carers, as well as for disability specific resources such as nappies and alternative communication devices.
Further information regarding community or government support organisations can be found at professional organisations and further learning and support.