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Support for Parents of Children with Autism

Parents of autistic children and adults cope with issues ranging from guilt and frustration to financial issues, isolation, and sheer loneliness. You are not alone - and there are many ways to find support, rest, resources and friends. Come explore!
  1. Coping with Grief and Anger (8)
  2. Coping with Stress, Guilt (10)
  3. Financial Resources (9)
  4. Legal Resources and Autism (9)
  5. What's it Like to Have a Child with Autism? (4)

Tools You Need to Parent Your Autistic Child
You may be surprised to learn that you already have the top tools you need for parenting a child on the autism spectrum.

Autism Stories: A Hug and Compliments for Mom
Looking for autism stories that make your heart glow? Here's a wonderful story of a little girl with autism finding the words to tell (and show) her mom how she feels. Enjoy!

Stay Away from These Parenting Styles When Raising a Child with Autism
Parenting an autistic child requires some out of the box thinking. Avoid these parenting styles to make life easier and pleasanter for your child -- and for you.

A Gift of Love to the Autism Community
What do you love most about the autistic person in your life? This document is a compilation of dozens of responses to that question posed on the About.com blog. Download, enjoy, share -- and add your stories, notes and photos by writing autism@aboutguide.com.

Q&A with William Stillman, Author of Autism and the God Connection
Bill Stillman's book, Autism and the God Connection, has received a good deal of interest from About.com readers. Many felt that Bill's approach to autism and spirituality struck a note with their own experience. Here, Bill answers questions about his ideas and his writing.

Blogs from Parents with Children on the Autism Spectrum
Every parent with a child on the autism spectrum lives with extraordinary challenges, fears, joys and delights. Some have started blogs to record, describe and share their journeys. Meet blogging parents, and join the conversation!

Thanks to Children with Autism
In 2006, I asked families to tell me what's best about their child with autism. Here are just a few of their responses. None of these families sees autism through rose-colored glasses - yet each has a sense that autism has added to their appreciation of life.

Respite Care and Autism
Respite means relief. Respite care for a loved one with autism means relief for the caregiver. When is it OK to seek respite care? What's the best way to find? How can you pay for it?

Autism and the Police
This website includes printable materials and information to help law enforcement professionals manage interactions with individuals on the autism spectrum. It's a great resource for parents, self-advocates, and, of course, the police.

Blogs from Parents with Children on the Autism Spectrum
Every parent with a child on the autism spectrum lives with extraordinary challenges, fears, joys and delights. Some have started blogs to record, describe and share their journeys. Meet blogging parents, and join the conversation!

Autism and the Police
This website includes printable materials and information to help law enforcement professionals manage interactions with individuals on the autism spectrum. It's a great resource for parents, self-advocates, and, of course, the police.

Meet Awesome Autism Dads

Why Families Pay Out of Pocket for Autism Treatments
Schools, government agencies, and private insurance companies pay for many autism treatments. So why do so many parents wind up spending thousands each year for their child's therapy?

When Autism Support Groups Aren't Supportive
Autism parenting support groups sound great in theory. But how well do they really work for your family?

8 Things Parents Gain Through Autism
Autism can make parenting more difficult, but it can also bring some exciting new ways of thinking and behaving.

Should I Quit My Job to Help My Autistic Child?
Should you quit your job to care for your autistic child? The answer depends upon many factors -- including you!

Should We Move to Find Better Autism Resources?
Many families think about moving to find better services and resources for an autistic child. Is it worth considering a move? Here are some tools to help you make that decision.

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