Health and Wellness

Being proactive about your or your child's health can make a big difference in your lives now and in the years ahead.

Fitness, nutrition and sleep are three areas of life that are vital to a person's overall health and welbeing. Unfortunately, Poor physical fitness, feeding and gastrointestinal issues and sleep disorders are all very common among children and adults on the spectrum. Oftentimes challenges in these three areas can be exacerbated by the other difficulties associated with autism. 

It might seem overwhelming to you to think about making improvements in fitness, nutrition or sleep.  But with a little bit of effort and awareness, you can set your child on a healthier path, which will make life easier and happier for you, your child and your family. 

This health and wellness page is divided into 3 sections. Click on each subject for specific tips and resources on how changes to fitness routines, sleep habits and nutrition can significantly improve the lives of children and adults with autism.

Health and Wellness

Resources to promote a healthier lifestyle for you and your family.
Strategies to improve sleep in people with autism.
Ideas to help improve physical fitness.
Help with feeding and other eating-related challenges.

Autism Speaks Advocacy

Access, affordability and quality of health care services are crucial factors influencing health outcomes for people with autism. Autism Speaks is committed to improving the health of people with autism by advocating for these services. 

Learn more about Autism Speaks health care advocacy efforts.

Need personalized support?

Our Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families, and caretakers to information, tools, and resources.

Contact ART