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Are You a Parent of a Child with Autism who is Stressed Out? How to Cope

Parenting is a mix of joyful moments and times of stress. And dealing with the reality of a diagnosis of autism may take a bit of getting used to. You may mourn the loss of the hopes and dreams you once held for your child – and that is completely natural. But what if your feelings of loss, sadness or anger don’t go away?

To be better able to cope with your newly found circumstances, check out the strategies outlined below:

1. Do Not Neglect Your Needs

Life with autistic children can be hectic and challenging to manage, so it’s important to know how to handle it constructively. One of the most important ways you can make sure to take care of your autistic child is to make time for yourself. Experts stress the importance of taking care of your needs as well as those of your child in order to avoid burnout, and to also be the best you can be.

2. Accept All of Your Feelings

When you first learn of the diagnosis, you may experience denial or a lot of unhappiness. It’s important that you allow yourself to feel these emotions—that way, you can work through them and grow as a parent. Discounting your feelings can lead to resentment or other negative feelings, which may be expressed in a multitude of ways and be directed at your family or friends. To be better able to cope with these issues, you may want to try counseling as a means of working through all of these complicated emotions.

3. Seek Out Good Advice and Ask for Help

It’s also important to discover resources that provide you with comprehensive advice. Everyone needs someone to talk to – so why not reach out when you learn your child has autism? Letting someone know what you’re going through helps others understand why you may be feeling agitated, sad or lost. Whether it’s from a friend, a family member, a support group, a therapist or an autism specialist – it’s up to you to find the help you need.

And as always, if you need other resources, please contact us.

American Disability Association is dedicated to the wellbeing and protection of children with disabilities and actively provides support to enhance their quality of life. Whether you are dealing with federal or state benefits or struggling with a school district to get proper education for your child, we have the resources to help you. Many individuals and families managing a disability are not aware of the wide array of services available to them, or they do not know how to apply for these benefits in a way that is likely to succeed.

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