Context child home
Much is known about the situation of children on the spectrum who live at home, such as:
- when autism is usually diagnosed
- why autism in a family is burdensome for parents and siblings (here)
- that parents and siblings are often on the spectrum too (also here)
- the tendency of nearly all children with autism to reside at home (here).
The home residency of the vast majority of autistic children implies that these children cover the entire spectrum, varying from very mild to very serious. This also means their sensory problems range from slight to very serious. Similarly, their ego-functions vary from almost normal to very weak.
(See for a scheme showing the interrelationships between autistic, and sensory characteristics and ego-strength here.)
Measures for children on the spectrum who live at home therefore do by no means fit all.
Below, 78 recommendations are listed of which 14 are exclusive for children at home and 32 apply by and large to all settings. New material is continually added. At the moment 46 recommendations have been worked out, distributed over five chapters and various themes, as listed in the following scheme. They are marked in blue (hyperlinks).
(See here for the organization of all recommendations.)
Recommendations around children living at home