Expression of Social Interaction of Parents Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The article looks into the discourse of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in an online self-help support group, putting the main focus on the expression of social interaction. The research results revealed particular actualization of the collapse of social links and their re-establishment in the context of a family crisis upon learning the child’s diagnosis. For the stability of family relationships and social links with the surrounding environment, early assistance for the family and its environment is important, as well as clear definition of the actual situation and finding meaning when raising a child with ASD. The family’s adaptive response to ASD-caused challenges improves the quality of interaction with the environment, and helps normalize social interaction.
Keywords: autism spectrum disorder, social interaction, emotional crisis, social isolation, mutual support.