Parenting Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

Serious girl with autism spectrum disorder

Parenting children with autism presents many unique challenges. Of course, you want to do what is best for your child, but you also have to consider the needs of your family: your other children, your partner and extended family, not to mention taking care of yourself. At the same time, you may be bombarded with information on treatment and intervention options, and a multitude of “cures” that may or may not work, draining your time, your energy and your bank account. As the parent of a child with autism, it is not unusual for you to feel lonely, isolated, overwhelmed, and guilty.

Parenting Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

Serious girl with autism spectrum disorder

Parenting children with autism presents many unique challenges. Of course, you want to do what is best for your child, but you also have to consider the needs of your family: your other children, your partner and extended family, not to mention taking care of yourself. At the same time, you may be bombarded with information on treatment and intervention options, and a multitude of “cures” that may or may not work, draining your time, your energy and your bank account. As the parent of a child with autism, it is not unusual for you to feel lonely, isolated, overwhelmed, and guilty.

Parenting Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

Serious girl with autism spectrum disorder

Parenting children with autism presents many unique challenges. Of course, you want to do what is best for your child, but you also have to consider the needs of your family: your other children, your partner and extended family, not to mention taking care of yourself. At the same time, you may be bombarded with information on treatment and intervention options, and a multitude of “cures” that may or may not work, draining your time, your energy and your bank account. As the parent of a child with autism, it is not unusual for you to feel lonely, isolated, overwhelmed, and guilty.

The Challenges of Parenting Your Child With Autism

When your family is impacted by autism, emotional highs and lows can be an everyday occurrence that leaves you exhausted.

You are not alone

•    Mothers of a child with autism are more likely to report fair or poor mental health, as well as higher levels of stress, depression and anxiety than mothers in the general population. [1]
•    Like mothers of children on the autism spectrum, fathers experience higher stress and that stress remains constant even as their children age. [2]
•    Families of children with autism frequently report a lower family quality of life. [3]
•    Parents of a child with autism may report feeling that they are cut off from others, as well as continually mentally and physically exhausted with no one to turn to. [4]
•    It is not unusual for both parents to report a sense of grief over the loss of the life you had previously dreamed of for your child and yourselves. [4]

Mother, father and son, hugging each other looking sad and grieving
Boy with autism spectrum disorder playing and focusing on 2 toy cars

While the specific challenges vary from one child with autism to another, you may be having to:

•    Handle problematic behaviors, which can range from refusing to listen to physical aggression and tantrums
•    Manage your child’s repetitive and/or compulsive behaviors
•    Teach your child appropriate social skills and how to understand and respond to social cues
•    Monitor and advocate for your child’s school program, and work with a variety of professionals and therapies
•    Manage sleep issues and problems with self care
•    Try to get your child to eat more than a few unhealthy foods
•    Watch your child at all times to keep him/her safe
•    Limit where you take your child due to their behaviors and safety concerns

The Challenges of Parenting Your Child With Autism

When your family is impacted by autism, emotional highs and lows can be an everyday occurrence that leaves you exhausted.

You are not alone

Mother, father and son, hugging each other looking sad and grieving

•    Mothers of a child with autism are more likely to report fair or poor mental health, as well as higher levels of stress, depression and anxiety than mothers in the general population. [1]
•    Like mothers of children on the autism spectrum, fathers experience higher stress and that stress remains constant even as their children age. [2]
•    Families of children with autism frequently report a lower family quality of life. [3]
•    Parents of a child with autism may report feeling that they are cut off from others, as well as continually mentally and physically exhausted with no one to turn to. [4]
•    It is not unusual for both parents to report a sense of grief over the loss of the life you had previously dreamed of for your child and yourselves. [4].

Boy with autism spectrum disorder playing and focusing on 2 toy cars

While the specific challenges vary from one child with autism to another, you may be having to:

•    Handle problematic behaviors, which can range from refusing to listen to physical aggression and tantrums
•    Manage your child’s repetitive and/or compulsive behaviors

•    Teach your child appropriate social skills and how to understand and respond to social cues
•    Monitor and advocate for your child’s school program, and work with a variety of professionals and therapies
•    Manage sleep issues and problems with self care
•    Try to get your child to eat more than a few unhealthy foods
•    Watch your child at all times to keep him/her safe
•    Limit where you take your child due to their behaviors and safety concerns

The Challenges of Parenting Your Child With Autism

Stubborn child with autism

When your family is impacted by autism, emotional highs and lows can be an everyday occurrence that leaves you exhausted.

You are not alone

Mother, father and son, hugging each other looking sad and grieving

•    Mothers of a child with autism are more likely to report fair or poor mental health, as well as higher levels of stress, depression and anxiety than mothers in the general population. [1]
•    Like mothers of children on the autism spectrum, fathers experience higher stress and that stress remains constant even as their children age. [2]
•    Families of children with autism frequently report a lower family quality of life. [3]
•    Parents of a child with autism may report feeling that they are cut off from others, as well as continually mentally and physically exhausted with no one to turn to. [4]
•    It is not unusual for both parents to report a sense of grief over the loss of the life you had previously dreamed of for your child and yourselves. [4]

Boy with autism spectrum disorder playing and focusing on 2 toy cars

While the specific challenges vary from one child with autism to another, you may be having to:

•    Handle problematic behaviors, which can range from refusing to listen to physical aggression and tantrums
•    Manage your child’s repetitive and/or compulsive behaviors
•    Teach your child appropriate social skills and how to understand and respond to social cues
•    Monitor and advocate for your child’s school program, and work with a variety of professionals and therapies
•    Manage sleep issues and problems with self care
•    Try to get your child to eat more than a few unhealthy foods
•    Watch your child at all times to keep him/her safe
•    Limit where you take your child due to their behaviors and safety concerns

The Help You Need

If you are struggling with the challenges of raising a child on the autism spectrum, help is available for you. And help is available for your child, who may be struggling to navigate a world they perceive as confusing and over-stimulating. We are committed to helping you:

•    Address, manage, and decrease or stop problematic behaviors
•    Overcome the emotional difficulties you and your child may be experiencing
•    Understand what to prioritize in regards to both your life and your child’s life
•    Learn how to effectively deal with stressors
•    Teach your child to maximize their potential and thrive in life
•    Address your unique needs and concerns, as well as that of your spouse/ partner, other children, and extended members of the family

Young boy with autism spectrum disorder, smiling and giggling

Parenting your child with autism can be extremely challenging, but it can also be so very rewarding. I’m here to help you down a path so that you, your child, and family can thrive. Contact us for help and support.

For more information and resources related to the autism spectrum, go to our resources page, or visit Autism Speaks, an organization that is “dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span”.

[1] bit.ly/2Tuovrf
[2] autismkey.com/fathers-hard-hit-by-autism/
[3] ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4167350/
[4] autism-help.org/family-feelings-parents-autism.htm

Young boy with autism spectrum disorder, smiling and giggling

The Help You Need

If you are struggling with the challenges of raising a child on the autism spectrum, help is available for you. And help is available for your child, who may be struggling to navigate a world they perceive as confusing and over-stimulating. We are committed to helping you:

•    Address, manage, and decrease or stop problematic behaviors
•    Overcome the emotional difficulties you and your child may be experiencing
•    Understand what to prioritize in regards to both your life and your child’s life
•    Learn how to effectively deal with stressors
•    Teach your child to maximize their potential and thrive in life
•    Address your unique needs and concerns, as well as that of your spouse/ partner, other children, and extended members of the family

Parenting your child with autism can be extremely challenging, but it can also be so very rewarding. I’m here to help you down a path so that you, your child, and family can thrive. Contact us for help and support.

For more information and resources related to the autism spectrum, go to our resources page, or visit Autism Speaks, an organization that is “dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span”.

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Parenting your child with autism can be extremely challenging, but it can also be so very rewarding. I’m here to help you down a path so that you, your child, and family can thrive. Contact us for help and support.

For more information and resources related to the autism spectrum, go to our resources page, or visit Autism Speaks, an organization that is “dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span”.

[1] bit.ly/2Tuovrf
[2] autismkey.com/fathers-hard-hit-by-autism/
[3] ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4167350/
[4] autism-help.org/family-feelings-parents-autism.htm

The Help You Need

If you are struggling with the challenges of raising a child on the autism spectrum, help is available for you. And help is available for your child, who may be struggling to navigate a world they perceive as confusing and over-stimulating. We are committed to helping you:

•    Address, manage, and decrease or stop problematic behaviors
•    Overcome the emotional difficulties you and your child may be experiencing
•    Understand what to prioritize in regards to both your life and your child’s life
•    Learn how to effectively deal with stressors
•    Teach your child to maximize their potential and thrive in life
•    Address your unique needs and concerns, as well as that of your spouse/ partner, other children, and extended members of the family

Young boy with autism spectrum disorder, smiling and giggling

Parenting your child with autism can be extremely challenging, but it can also be so very rewarding. I’m here to help you down a path so that you, your child, and family can thrive. Contact us for help and support.

For more information and resources related to the autism spectrum, go to our resources page, or visit Autism Speaks, an organization that is “dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span”.

Parenting your child with autism can be extremely challenging, but it can also be so very rewarding. I’m here to help you down a path so that you, your child, and family can thrive. Contact us for help and support.

For more information and resources related to the autism spectrum, go to our resources page, or visit Autism Speaks, an organization that is “dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span”.

[1] bit.ly/2Tuovrf
[2] autismkey.com/fathers-hard-hit-by-autism/
[3] ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4167350/
[4] autism-help.org/family-feelings-parents-autism.htm