Parenting can be stressful, but the added worry of autism can add even more worry and stress. Reducing stress is critical to maintaining the health and wellbeing of not just the parent, but the entire family.
Board certified Behavioral Analyst Dr. Mary Barbera explains how to combat stress when parenting autistic children.
What We Learned from this Video:
- Studies show that mothers of autistic children experience similar levels of stress to those of combat veterans.
- Autism moms spend two hours more on average taking care of their children and doing chores than mothers of neurotypical children.
- High stress levels have been proven to cause chronic health problems later on.
- Learning techniques to better handle problem behaviors can help reduce a parent’s stress levels.
- Meditation can reduce stress.
- Getting respite care for your children can give you a much needed break.
- Join support groups, either online or locally.
- Be sure to give attention and time to other members of your family.
- Research medical issues to educate yourself.
- Therapy and counseling can be great for maintaining a healthy mindset.
- Take care of your physical and mental health by exercising, taking time for yourself, etc.
- Learn about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
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