Dealing With Stress of Raising a Child with Autism
Start with modest adjustments—If you have an autistic kid and are overwhelmed by all of these stressors, often the simplest changes may make the most effect. This might include getting adequate sleep, exercising regularly, and setting aside time for oneself. If these chores seem overwhelming, you may start with tiny modifications like slowing down your daily routine, drinking extra water, or asking for help. You may be shocked at how much of your stress is under your control, and how much self-care benefits your kid.
While any parent might get nervous about their child’s development, parents of children with autism are more prone to excessive anxiety about their children’s future issues. If you’re stressed, consider whether you’re focusing on your child’s immediate needs or future “What ifs.” “What is my obligation today to my child and to myself?” might help you focus on what you can manage.
Work is one of the few locations where parents of autistic children may get away from their child. Caregivers need time and space away from work to focus on their own mental and physical health, hobbies, and relationships. Fear of how their kid will adjust to a new caregiver can deter parents from getting help, but interacting with other people benefits both you and your child.
Not surprisingly, parents of autistic children who have strong support systems report less stress than those who don’t or can’t. When family and friends volunteer to assist, give them specific tasks to do. Caregivers may help loved ones learn more about autism spectrum disorders by pointing them to online resources. Don’t forget that disability groups, churches, schools, and other community organizations may be valuable resources.
Don’t underestimate the usefulness of professional help in managing stress. If regular treatment or counseling isn’t a possibility, there are still options. Ensure that you are physically well and that there are no difficulties that are adding to your stress. Local disability or autism organizations, schools, and hospitals can assist you find autism caregiver support groups. Support groups can help you feel heard while also connecting you to helpful resources and information.
Missouri City, TX Childhood Resources
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Autism Resources in Missouri City, TX
Texas offers services and supports for Texans with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.
Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECI)
ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three years, with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services. Services are provided by a variety of local agencies and organizations across Texas.
Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities Services (IDD)
Services assist individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have problems with learning, mobility, language, self-care, and independent living. Programs include:
Community ICF/IDD programs
Home and Community-based Services
Texas Home Living Program
Independent Living Services (ILS)
The Independent Living Services (ILS) program promotes self-sufficiency for people with disabilities despite the presence of one or more significant disabilities. Objectives of ILS include but are not limited to: living independently, decreasing dependence on family members and attendant services, decreasing the need for supervision in activities of daily living, and increasing a self-directed lifestyle.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Vocational Rehabilitation programs help people with disabilities prepare for, find or retain employment and help youth and students prepare for post-secondary opportunities. The programs also help businesses and employers recruit, retain and accommodate employees with disabilities.
Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in partnership with CONTACT USA. It is the first service of its kind where crisis centers across the United States have joined together to form one national chat network that can provide online emotional support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention services. The chat specialists are here to listen and support you through whatever difficult times you may be facing.
No-cost classes, support group programs and programs for people affected by mental illness and their loved ones as well as education and training for schools, workplaces, faith communities and neighborhoods. 512-693-2000
Bullying can affect you in many ways. You may lose sleep or feel sick. You may want to skip school. You may even be thinking about suicide. If you are feeling hopeless or helpless or know someone that is, please call the LIFELINE at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Autism Speaks Crisis Intervention Resources
Autism Speaks has put together resources to help members of the autism community – individuals with autism, families, friends and caregivers –with accessing support and resources needed to manage a crisis situation.
Next Steps for Missouri City Families
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