You have recently been told that your child has been diagnosed with Autism. Most of the time our reactions are disbelief, shock, and sometimes depression combined with being isolated from the outside world. I won’t put it lightly…receiving the news stinks and it weighs heavy on your head night and day. Who do you talk to now? What do you do? First of all ask yourself this question:
Question One: How Am I Doing?
Are you down and just really depressed? Follow these tips:
Take the time for yourself, listen to music, meditate, try to sleep when you can, hide in the bathroom, take up a new hobby, look at your life and just laugh at it. You will survive. 🙂
Social Media & Facebook:
There are hundreds of personal Facebook Autism support pages out there. I highly encourage you to head on over, check them out and like their pages. Try and develop a connection with a community that “Gets it.” Just knowing there are families, individuals, and services out there will give you a sense of well-being and help you cope.
When my son was diagnosed over 7 years ago there wasn’t the presence of Autism as it is today. It much easier to connect these days.
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There are wonderful meet ups just to chat, have coffee and a time or too have guest speakers. These groups can be based on the age of your children. If you cannot find a connection in your part of town where you live, my suggestion is to start one!
These aren’t as numerous, these groups may have social outings with activities for children. Meet up groups for example. http://www.meetup.com/
But personally I am not much of social person, but once in a while I find it comforting to know that there is someone out there (parent or otherwise) who totally “gets it!” That is such a nice feeling.
Stayed tuned for the next two parts of this article.
Part 2: Where Do I Begin?
Part 3: What is Autism Exactly?