need help and advice how to cope with my autistic son.

Sara - posted on 11/21/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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two years ago my son was diagnosed with autism. With in that time being a normal overly happy functioning individual I had to see the dr for sever depression issues witch come and go depending how bad the month gets. I hate feeling like this and I feel alone a lot with my husband working nights to fit around our sons needs. My son is fully in a iep program I have asked and asked around for help for parents who are the ones who are suffering over there children and I have found literately no help there are a ton of programs for children who need help but what about the parent???? if the parent isn't ok how on earth can you even have the energy to take care of your kid so i'm feeling almost hopeless right now as much as id love to pay for a therapist I don't have the luxury of doing so because income just isn't there. if anyone can even offer any advice that would be great.

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Susan - posted on 11/22/2012

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Hi, Sara

I've got a 9 year old son who was diagnosed with autism (lower end of the spectrum) when he was 5. Yes, I did go through a depression, guilt phase. But I've got an 8 year old and a 12 year (who was diagnosed with mild ADD recently), so I had no choice but to get over myself and try to be there for them. I don't know where you live, but I live in the UK and there are plenty of support groups here - coffee mornings to chat with other parents with autistic kids, playtime for the kids in a safe environment (since most of those children have one form or another of special needs, you don't feel too quilty when they play up). Have you tried to google the National Society of Autism or Autism Outreach? They might give you some pointers on how to meet other parents. What I've started doing for the last few months is giving him some vitamin supplements and cod liver oil. Not entirely sure if it's having any effect, but it can't do him any harm.

Try those websites and see how it goes. Hope it helps!!

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Goldie - posted on 12/07/2012

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hi sara, what u need now is support either from friends or family. you need to focus. Have u accepted the truth about your son's autism yet? Its only through acceptance of your child's condition then you can truly lift the burden away from your shoulders. If you dont let go of the "unaccepting" seeing a hundred therapist will not be able to help you either. What you need now is your family and friends. Somebody to talk to, somebody to know what you are going through or facing every day. Im a stay at home mom to my 2 beautiful kids and my son is 3 this yr , was diagnosed with autism recently. if you dont mind, and need somebody to talk to, you can always drop me an email kingyomama@gmail.com to talk. :) stay strong for your beautiful child and remember, he is not autistic, he HAS autism.



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Cynthia - posted on 12/02/2012

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Hi Sara i am so sorry you are feeling so overwhelmed. I can certainly relate. I have a child with Aspergers and sometimes I too feel that moms need just as much support as our children. Try to have a good day and know you are not alone in your struggles.

Colleenscatena - posted on 12/01/2012

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Where do you live. In Ca i recieved lots of support even respite from a disability reginal center. You could ask you Pediatrition also the local paper should list support groups or you could contact local church to see if they know of any local groups. I found help at work you would be surprised how many people have an autistic child. Also check with the local schools. Anthere is always online. Good luck to you. Take a deep breand believe in yourself, it wan not till my son was diagnosed that i found an inner strength that i did not know i had. Colleen.

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