People who don’t have firsthand experience with children on the spectrum often mean well, but their actions and words may come across as insensitive.
Parents have enough on their plate taking care of their special needs children, the last thing they need is to get hurt or upset by someone who misspoke.
If you know a parent affected by autism and want to offer support, here are ways you should and shouldn’t ask about their child.
Well over half of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including children, have trouble sleeping. This can be very frustrating for both the parents and children.
People often have only one specific idea of what they think autism looks like and it’s usually the severe kind. They think it’s having little to no social or communication skills. Or it could be an inability to make eye contact, and a hypersensitivity to sounds and change.
To these people, having autism automatically means you can never live a full life and you will always need someone else to care for you.
If you’re like most people, sleep is a bit harder to come by these days.
Though we’re starting to see a bit of normalcy resume, life is still very much in flux for many of us.
With the threat of COVID-19 looming overhead, many parents are facing school closures and extended time at home with the kiddos. Screens may be your go-to solution for keeping kids occupied during this uncertain time.
The truth is that screens CAN be a great option, as long as they are used in moderation.
You feel it.
That ever-growing pit down in the center of your stomach.
Your hands are shaking. Your heart is racing. You feel the (literal) weight of the world on your shoulders.
Watching your child wrestle with tough emotions and struggle through anxiety is so difficult. As parents, we just want to take away their pain.
We want to help.
The best way we can do that is to be informed. Recognize the signs of anxiety and make sure you follow up with their primary care provider if you ever suspect more than a standalone stress episode. Read more