When you first hear that your child has autism, you may feel a mix of emotions. How you think about your child’s diagnosis may be different from how other members of the family deal with this new information. You may feel anger, confusion, grief, loneliness and perhaps even denial. You can easily become overwhelmed. It is important to remember to ask for help. Coping with your child’s challenges can be very difficult and stressful. But, you don’t have to do it alone. In order to provide care to your child, you need to care for yourself.
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Many parents of children with ASD have concerns about the siblings. Some parents ask about how to explain the diagnosis and answer questions at a level that is appropriate for each child. Others worry about whether they will be able to give equal time and attention to all of their children. Please know that most children accept their sibling with ASD as they do all their siblings.
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Grandparents may struggle to understand the ASD diagnosis. A common response from grandparents is “no, cannot be,” or “the child doesn’t look autistic.” Some parents wonder why the grandparents don’t simply accept the diagnosis and help support them. Some parents get frustrated if others question their ability to do what’s best for their child. It’s hard for grandparents to see their children and grandchildren faced with challenges.
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