FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Autism and Blended Families

with Ron Deal | April 1, 2022
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  • Ron Deal

    Ron L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the bestselling Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (with Dr. Gary Chapman), The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, and Preparing to Blend. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist, popular conference speaker, and host of the FamilyLife Blended podcast. He and his wife, Nan, have three sons and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more at

Ron, how does autism affect a stepfamily?

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Autism and Blended Families

With Ron Deal
April 01, 2022
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Ron: Ron, how does autism affect a stepfamily?

Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.

Ron: Blending two families is challenging for many. It’s even more challenging with a child on the autism spectrum because they have rigid routines and struggle to connect emotionally. Now, bonding and connecting is what a blended family is trying to do so where does that leave a stepparent with an autistic stepchild? Or stepsiblings who don’t understand why so many things have to be centered on the autistic child.

Well, you have to move slowly as a family, make changes very carefully, and lower your expectations for emotional bonding. Our free online article on Autism and the Blended Family has more practical suggestions. But know this, merging is not impossible but you do have to get equipped. For FamilyLife Blended®, I’m Ron Deal.

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