How to Care for Yourself When You’re Caring for Someone With Autism
Small, simple goals and having access to support network can go a long way in helping parents and caregivers cope with challenges.
Taking time for yourself is challenging for any parent, but for parents of children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), it can seem downright impossible. Little things that many of us take for granted — drinking coffee while it’s still hot or having five minutes in the bathroom without interruption — are often out of reach for parents of children with autism
Each person with autism is unique, and because autism spectrum disorder is a spectrum, there are a range of added challenges and needs that vary per individual.
This variability is part of what makes caring for a child with autism consuming. Many families feel challenges around their child’s school life, social life, medical care, treatment — there are so many different pieces that parents are juggling and trying to manage .
It's essential for caregivers to practice self-care in order to be able to find relief, reduce stress, and improve mental and physical health.
We offer a range of different Facebook groups which can be a great way for families to have better access to a support network, support groups, chats, and online forums for the parents of children and teens with autism.
Make time for self-care.
We work with families to help them understand autism and access services, and help parents to engage in self-care activities. Check out our top ten tips for self care and also see events sections for our self care sessions .
If You’re Parenting a Child With Autism, Remember You’re Not Alone
We hear from many parents that they feel isolated — they feel that they don’t have anybody who understands what they’re going through.
It can help to realize that although each situation is different, many families are going through very similar things.
Many of our parents have said they feel sense of community, which can be powerful and helpful.
It can make a difference, not only from an emotional standpoint but also in helping to manage the daily structures related to raising children with special needs and autism.