Rearing a child on the spectrum is difficult enough. But planning for that child's adult years may be even harder to manage. If you're worried about that challenge, you're probably right to be: As with other issues related to the spectrum disorder – treatment, intervention – more research needs to be done on how to support autistic adults so they can thrive and lead full lives.
That said, there is cause for encouragement: For one, the care your child is receiving now can go a long way toward ensuring he or she grows up to become a capable, if not completely self-reliant, adult. Although it's hard to predict if she or he will grow out of the spectrum completely, early and multi-pronged intervention will greatly help him or her navigate the world. Nevertheless, it pays to plan ahead, whether your child has been diagnosed with severe autism or is considered high functioning.
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