Caring for a child or adult with autism in the family impacts everyone- parents, siblings, extended family members, and other caregivers.

You may experience great joy as you watch them learn, grow, and express their unique characteristics, and it can also be really difficult when challenges arise with learning, behavior, and managing services.

We often hear from family members who have understandably put their own needs aside to support their family member with autism, yet self-care is critical to helping everyone in the family. Practicing self-care involves both being educated about relevant topics affecting your family and also taking the time to prioritize activities that promote your own well-being. Recognizing the importance of caring for yourself and engaging in some actions to improve your own mental and physical health can prevent greater personal challenges and also allow you to be your best for your family member with autism.

Consistent with our mission to support families in holistic and practical ways, Autism New Jersey created a new position to lead this work. Our Director of Family Wellness, Amy Golden, M.S., BCBA, is a behavior analyst and health and wellness coach who is actively planning programs and collecting resources, specifically designed with you in mind. Right now, we have one program available and more will be added throughout 2024.

Health and Wellness Coaching for Caregivers

Learn about our new health and wellness coaching for caregivers and check back soon for additional information and programs.