Are you a parent of an autistic child? You do not need to walk this path alone. Learn about the many sources of help and support available to parents of children on the spectrum.
Children’s Specialized Hospital faculty member and autism mom Megan Fennelly discusses the various forms of support open to parents struggling with an autism diagnosis.
What We Learned from this Video:
- As a parent trying to deal with an autism diagnosis, learning which questions to ask and what sort of help you’re going to need is very important.
- Ask family and friends for help with babysitting and respite. Other aid can be found in schools, churches or online.
- People in your life want to help, but they do not know what they can do until you ask them.
- Autism won’t necessarily stop you from doing things you want to do; you must figure out exactly how you are going to make them happen.
- The more you go out and try different activities, the better your autistic child will be able to handle them.
- It is important to be around people who will lift you up and support you, not complain and drag you down.
- Be sure to treat yourself fairly, giving yourself credit and reminding yourself that you are doing a good job.
There are lots of stories and advice that can give you important insight into your own situation. Take a look at our Resources page to find sources of help near you and schedule a consultation with us to talk about your next steps.