[dropcap]I[/dropcap]ts tough enough having a child with Autism. It can also be pretty tough when deciding to take them out to a public place. They run away without warning and the sprint of your life begins. I can remember my son when he was about six years old just sprinting away from me once he left our car. He ran like he had never seen a park in his whole life. Of course he wasn’t worried about the fact that he was running across a parking lot with cars coming and going. I don’t remember running that fast when I had to run away from the neighborhood bully back when I was a kid.
Raising a child with autism is truly an ordeal, but another thing that our society should consider is the long term costs of supporting someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder. According to an article published by Healthline News, lifetime support can end up costing millions. The article cites Jama Pediatrics which estimate the lifetime cost of supporting an individual with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability ranges from $1.4 million to $2.4 million in the U.S.
I personally believe it’s important for parents that might suspect that their child is on the spectrum to get them diagnosed and treated as early as possible. A child with ASD has a big obstacle to overcome but by no means should parents believe that their child cannot grow up and thrive as a productive member of society.
In my office I have met parents with tremendous determination to help heal their child and I have also seen parents who look defeated by their child’s condition. I can assure you the parents with determination and the will to take action on helping their child get better have seen far better results than the parents who seem to have just given up on their child. Attempting to treat a child with ASD earlier would undoubtedly reduce some of the costs that the disability might incur as the child grows older and becomes an adult.
Of course this is much easier said than done. Being a father of an ASD child I know that all too well. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me here or call my office for an appointment.