Kristen - posted on 08/08/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
I am a single mother of a "typical" 7 year old girl. My boyfriend has a 7 year old autistic daughter. She is highly functioning, but the diagnosis was recent (since we started dating several months ago). He is still struggling to deal with the diagnosis and I'm trying to be as supportive as possible. His daughter's behavior is quite frustrating at times for my daughter to handle (aggression, taking things away from her, acting distant, being loud, etc). Are there ways to help a child that hasn't grown up with an autistic sibling to cope with the behaviors she displays? I understand her behavior is not always something she (or anyone else) can control, and that the diagnosis is just the first step in the process of helping her grow and learn. My boyfriend and I are talking about marriage so this is a long term thing. I am desperate to find ways of making this transitional time easier for both my daughter and his... as well as for the two of us. =0)
Thanks for any ideas and suggestions!