One parent’s experience of autism spectrum disorder
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One parent’s experience of autism spectrum disorder

Karen Paisley Former student, Health, Life and Social Sciences, Napier University, Edinburgh
Janet Smith Lecturer, Napier University, Edinburgh

Karen Paisley, mother of a teenager with autism, and Janet Smith outline the challenges of living with the condition

This article is written from the perspective of a parent who has a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). My son has taught me that living with autism is simply another approach to life. I have learned a great deal over the years but attending a course on ASD at Edinburgh Napier University has reminded me just how challenging his life can be. The triad of impairments – social communication, social interaction and imagination – profoundly affect his life. The course on ASD has underlined the importance of reviewing our own behaviour and attitude towards those with ASD.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 5, 21-25. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 19 January 2013

Accepted: 18 April 2013

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