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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ranks among the most stressful of childhood developmental disabilities. Defined by problems in communication and behavior, ASD is associated with stress on those living with this disability and their family members. The use of external supports (e.g., highly structured social activities), communication supports (e.g., explicit communication) and self-initiated strategies for handling social anxiety (e.g., physical activity, spiritual practice, religion) extends the betterment of the individual in social settings. This perspective helps with understanding whether organized religion or the use of social support is a better coping mechanism for individuals with ASD (Muller, Schuler & Yates, 2008)
Religion can be a source for educational, emotional, and sometimes financial support; equipping those who are involved in this spiritual “organization” to be aware and sensitive to the needs of families who have children with disabilities (Coulthard and Fitzgerald, 1999). However, some data suggests that religion is not always beneficial for this population (Coulthard and Fitzgerald, 1999). For example, while some feel that religion is a buffer for their stress, others believe that religion adds to their stress, and instead rely on their personal beliefs and social support from friends and family. Social support, or the use of family, friends and therapy, contributes to a balanced lifestyle for both ASD individuals and their caretakers/families.
For families with children on the spectrum, Tarakeshwar and Pargament (2001) observed three approaches to coping with stressful situations as frameworks for religious coping: 1) self-directing approach, where the individual relies on self rather than on God, 2) deferring approach, where the individual places the responsibility for coping on God and 3) the collaborative approach, where the individual and God are both active partners in coping. Each approach could be categorized as having either negative or positive religious outcomes. These outcomes, in turn, predict whether religious coping is helpful or just too rigid in a family with autistic children, and ultimately whether religion is viewed as fallible.