Patient discussion about independence

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Q. In the future will he with ASD ever be able to live independently?

I have a friend who is staying as a paying guest and is being taken care of by all our family members. In the future will he with ASD ever be able to live independently?
AI am very much moved by your deeds.

• Many people with autism do flourish and go on to hold responsible jobs and live independently. Others have the intellectual abilities to be employed but are held back by their inability to adapt socially to the stresses of everyday life.

• The focus of every intervention program for the person with autism should be to work on helping them adapt to living in society. Their quality of life and ability to function is far more important than how they do on an I.Q. test.

Q. Where should i go when i feel down and lonely? is there like an independence way to lift my spirit?

A1I spend a lot of time in "my room". It has a window to look out and a comfortable chair to sit and think in. I can shut the door to get real quiet. I can read and study things. Reading gets my mind off of down feelings. There is also a time for going out walking. It frees my mind. When I come back I seem to have a new perspective on things. Sometimes I go and sit out in the woods for awhile where I live. I like listening to the birds and nature sounds. Its nice to see clouds going by in the sky or the stars at night. If something's really bothering you, call on someone you can trust and talk it out. Just find that activity that suits you best and get busy at it.
A2and most important- don't worry,I'm sure it seems bad now- but you'll be looking back to it soon and be thankfull for having a good life and health...

just kidding- feeling down and lonely happens to anybody. the best way is being with a loved one or if not there are organizations that can really help!! just understand that it's a feeling that will be over soon and that it's best to pass the next few hours in a place that someone will take care of you.
you can probably find adds in the local paper or health clinics.
and don't be tempt to use a permanent solution to a transient problem.

Q. I am wondering if there is any chance that a child with autism could lead an independent life later.

My elder daughter was diagnosed with autism and I look out for information on raising a child with autism. I am wondering if there is any chance that a child with autism could lead an independent life later. I need help.
A1Hi there. Mellou here. I have a 19 yr old son that has autism. Yes I believe that children can be taught to live a independant life. My son attends a Independant Living Center to learn how to be self sufficiate and so far he is learning alot. It is just taking awhile for him to get at it and do it.
Hope this helps you hon. Good luck
A2I had autism when I was 5yrs old, but with a lot of medication and help, I can now communicate. I am top in my class and now working in a company. Really, my parents’ hard work helped a lot to achieve the success. Now I am in my 20 and my life is going well. Good luck for your daughter, she will get well soon.
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