Life With Autism

As a parent of child with autism, you’re coping with a considerable amount of stress and an overwhelming amount of information about the disability. Parents of children with autism take on many roles as advocates of their child’s development, education, safety and wellbeing.

In addition to relentlessly pursuing information about autism spectrum disorders, you’re likely to be in a constant state of exploration.

Is this an accurate diagnosis? Is this an optimal treatment service or therapy for my child? Is it the best option? What other programs and services are suitable? What state, federal laws and bills do I need know about? What are my financing and insurance options? Parents also serve as teachers—in the home with your autistic child and siblings, as well as to extended family members and friends.

All of this requires specialized knowledge, training and skills. And all of this creates stress. The multiple roles of the parent as teacher, advocate, loving parent and family member can be overwhelming in and of itself.

You’re also coping with the stress levels of family members—the other parent, your autistic child’s siblings, grandparents, etc. Autism is a health issue that impacts the entire family. That’s why it’s important that you develop healthy coping skills first.

Remember—your family needs you!

Find a support group in your area. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn just from other parents who have children with autism! Our Resources pages provide links to a number of national and regional organizations that provide support groups and services for parents and families of children with autism.

Here are a few coping strategies recommended by The Autism Society of America: