In this video, Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) Dr. Mary Barbera discusses the high levels of stress experienced by mothers of autistic children, which can sometimes be comparable to the stress experienced by combat soldiers, and gives strategies to help reduce stress. Dr. Barbera discusses a study which compared accounts and hormonal levels of stress in mothers of children on the autism spectrum to mothers of neurotypical children which found significantly more stress factors exist for mothers of autistic children.
Dr. Barbera then discusses some strategies which she has found helpful in her personal and professional life. One of the most helpful things for reducing stress according to Dr. Barbera is meditation. Joining support groups and, to the extent possible, getting help with caretaking can also help with parents’ mental health. Another great idea is to seek professional counseling, as therapists can help parents create their own strategies for coping with the stress they experience.
Reducing Stress Dealing with Autism | Advice for Autism Parents
By: Mary Barbera – Turn Autism Around
Initial Air Date: Dec 19, 2018