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        Natural Supports Needed?
Written by: Autism Advisor



Volunteer With Autistic Children

Natural supports are needed by everyone, not only children with Autism. Parents of children
with disabilities do not think in terms of 'supports and services'. They are busy raising
children, going to doctors and therapies, dealing with the school. Oh yeah, and it might be
nice to get to work now and then.

If parents of children are not paying attention they can become more and more isolated. This
isolation is part of what leads to not developing supports. Then when the family is ready for
someone to help with their child with Autism it is more complicated.

Natural supports are part of what makes life interesting. A support might be a friend or
neighbor. It could be a co-worker or someone involved with an organization you might
volunteer to help. It is someone who could or might be able to help you if you needed it.
Volunteer With Autistic Children

I heard one definition of a natural support that asked, "How many people do you know who
could and would be at your house in 30 minutes?" Another definition asked, "Which of the
people you know, would bring you soup and juice if you were sick?"

Either of these questions are good starting points. Natural supports are needed to make life
interesting and keep us connected with the people and world around us. A natural support
might call when our child is someplace unusual or a natural support might report on seeing
our child and a paid support in the community. Either one of those is a priceless service when
you have a child with Autism. Volunteer With Autistic Children




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