How You Can Help Dad and mom Of Youngsters On The Autism Spectrum
Parents of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder understand the hard work, time, and love it takes to help their child live a full life day in and day out. But with this time it also takes a lot of energy and patience, carries many parents thin and makes them feel like they are fighting the battle against autism on their own.
Caring for people with complex needs while navigating multiple service sectors at the same time is challenging, according to a study published in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research. In addition to managing their child’s behavior and balancing the associated stress, parents need to monitor the well-being of the rest of the family.
Caring for people with complex needs can be a challenge.
Parents can have trouble if their child behaves abnormally in public. When parents feel stressed and overwhelmed, their own health can be at risk. Another study published in Autism reports that parents of children with autism commonly report higher levels of depression, anxiety, and mental health problems.
In a study published in the Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics, fathers and mothers of autistic children were significantly more likely than parents of neurotypical children to suffer from obsessive-compulsive symptoms, depression, anxiety, and paranoia.
Parents of children with autism may have difficulty looking after themselves while looking after their children.
As reported by the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, many parents report difficulties in accessing diagnosis and services for their child, as well as frustration with healthcare providers’ knowledge of ASD and lack of communication. In addition, the risks parents are exposed to when caring for their child with ASD far outweigh the protective factors for coping with parental stress.
As autism supporters and parents of children with autism, we must remember that we have an important responsibility! In addition to caring for our children, we need to care for ourselves. We need to remember that what we do is possible when our own physical and psychological needs are also met.
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By staying mentally and physically healthy, your child’s future will get better with every step. Sign the pledge to remind yourself and other parents of children with autism that we’re all in it!
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Parents of children with autism often report higher levels of depression, anxiety, and mental health problems.
When parents feel stressed and overwhelmed, their own health can be at risk.
Sign the pledge to remind yourself and other parents of children with autism that we’re all in it!