4. Offer to do errands or chores.
Children with autism are often prone to meltdowns in crowded public places or when something doesn’t go according to their routine. This may leave parents struggling to do simple things like getting groceries in a crowded supermarket or running an impromptu errand. If you’re going to the store anyway, ask if you can grab anything for the family. Or check in once in a while to see if they have any errands you could run for them. Alternatively, there’s bound to be some chore at the house that the parents haven’t had time to get to. When you stop by for a visit, ask if you can load the dishwasher or fold some clothes for them. Or just make a double batch of dinner and bring some over to the house (just let them know you’ll be coming).
3. Listen without judging.
One of the hardest parts of being a parent to a child with autism is balancing what they tell people. On one hand, they need to vent sometimes; on the other, they know their child has unique gifts and don’t want to make that child out to be some kind of monster by constantly complaining. Do an autism parent a favor and listen to all the complaints, triumphs, and everything in between without judging either the parent or the child.