5 ways an autism parent support group can help you on your autism journey

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Autism Parent Guide

When a child is diagnosed with autism, the parents often find themselves in a new and unfamiliar world. It’s not just their autistic child who needs to be cared for – it’s also themselves. Autism is an incredibly stressful disorder for both the children and the adults involved in their lives.

Parent Support

Parents of autistic kids need support as much as anyone else, but they don’t always know where to look for it. Thankfully, many resources are available now to help them better understand what they are dealing with and how to take care of themselves while caring for their kids.

One of the best places to start is by joining an online support group. Here are five ways that being part of a support group can help you on your autism journey. 

  1. Familiarity and Understanding

Being part of a support group will give you an outlet to talk about your feelings and connect with people who understand what is happening in your life. You may be able to lend advice and encouragement to someone else or receive guidance when you’re at a loss for words yourself. Everyone goes through difficult times, but it’s not always easy to spend time with others during those challenging moments. When you’re part of a group, others are there to listen and offer their own experiences to help you through the tough times. 

  1. Freedom of Expression

Many crazy thoughts can fly through a parent’s mind when their child is diagnosed with autism and dealing with day-to-day struggles. You may feel embarrassed or ashamed for even thinking it. They are tough to talk about but also hold a lot of weight. It’s essential to share these feelings with other parents who share those same thoughts and understand where you are coming from. When you share your thoughts with the group, you’ll be validated quickly, and you’ll realize that they don’t seem so crazy after all. And sometimes, just feeling like someone understands what you’re going through can help immensely. 

  1. Better Understanding

Parenting a child on the spectrum brings up all kinds of obstacles: some predictable and some not. 

Many children are 

  • picky eaters, 
  • late talkers, 
  • and non sleepers. 

When you’re part of a group, you can share those problems with the group and work together to find some solutions. You’ll get suggestions of what has worked for others in the past and can use that information to help your child.

  1. Understanding Your Child’s Percpective

Being in a group can help you understand how your kids think and feel in different situations. It can be challenging to see the reason behind some of your kid’s more frustrating behaviors when you’re alone. There’s a good chance that other parents in the group have dealt with similar problems and could find ways to help their children through them. Being able to ask questions and get answers will help you be a better parent.

  1. Advice and Bonding

One of the biggest problems parents often deal with is finding ways to bond with their kids, especially when their child struggles with social skills. Being part of a group can help you learn new ways to communicate with your child, strengthening the bond between you two. All children need to have positive relationships with their parents, and being able to connect with them on their level can help you develop that bond. This may even lead to less challenging behavior down the road. 

Joining a support group can make the process of parenting an autistic child a lot easier. It is vital for parents to feel validated and understood to give their best help possible. You can join Autism Parents United to connect, learn, share tips on how to bond with your kids, and get answers when you are literally at your wit’s end.

You can easily join by clicking here.

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Rhonda Stewart

Clinical Director

Rhonda Stewart, BCBA, NYS LBA, earned her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from the Sage Colleges. Rhonda has dedicated her career to working with individuals diagnosed with Autism since 2008. Rhonda has a wide range of experience working with individuals from ages 3 to adulthood in various settings including early intervention, schools, residential programs, group homes, day habilitation programs, center programs, and in-home services. Rhonda began working with families through insurances services in 2014. Rhonda is currently the Clinical Director at Yellow Bus ABA and works closely with the Executive Clinical Director, Estelle Parnes, to ensure services provided to our families are effective, families feel supported, and families have a positive experience with ABA services at Yellow Bus ABA.