Autism touches many lives and many families with statistics now reporting approximately 1 in 59 children receiving a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Whether an autism diagnosis touches your family personally, a loved one or friend’s child, a child in the neighborhood, or a student in your child’s grade, having a support system in place as a parent is a must.
As a parent of a child with autism or any special need, recognize that you aren’t expected to manage this journey on your own…some days will be a piece of cake and some days will be harder; some days will be full of progress and so rewarding, while others may seem like progress isn’t moving quick enough according to your plan.
Similarly, be mindful if someone close to you such as a relative, friend, or neighbor has a child with autism whether they were recently or previously diagnosed; you can be an integral part of the support system for that family and child, even if your support is shown in little ways.
Here is a list of suggestions if you are seeking support as a parent of a child with autism or as you lend your support to others.