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Support and Ideas for Parents of Children with Autism

Feeling overwhelmed, frustrated or exhausted because you're the parent of a child with autism? Here are ideas, editorials, support, and some tools for staying sane in a chaotic world.

Let an Autism Diagnosis Drive You Crazy
Before you drive yourself crazy over child's autism diagnosis, take a deep breath. Then read this article. You're probably doing most things right already - and there's nothing that you can't try tomorrow.

Autistic Child - What Helps You to Help Your Autistic Child
When you have an autistic child, you may feel overwhelmed with guilt, furiously angry, or even numb. But then you get past those feelings to help your child. What helped you overcome negative feelings to help your autistic child?

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?

Coping with the Stress of Autism: When to Find Professional Help
Parenting a child with autism is stressful. But when is the stress too much? This article, featuring advice from Robert Naseef, Ph.D., helps parents assess when they might need professional help in coping with the stress that autism brings.

Snappy Answers to Annoying Questions
If you have a child on the autism spectrum then you hear those annoying comments every day. He can't be autistic because... If you'd only provide more structure she'd be fine... Here are some snappy comebacks to some of the most common remarks!

Tips for Handling Guilt
If you have a child on the autism spectrum, you're probably coping with guilt. You should do more, be more, spend more, learn more. But then again, maybe it's ok to be gentler with yourself!

What If...? Getting Past Blame and Worry to Help Your Autistic Child
Nothing is more debilitating for the parent of a child with autism than self-blame and worry. "What ifs" can can damage marriages, overwhelm emotions, and -- in the long run -- sour your relationship with your child. Here are some thoughts on how to get over the what ifs.

Before You Drive Yourself Crazy Over an Autism Diagnosis
Before you drive yourself crazy over child's autism diagnosis, take a deep breath. Then read this article. You're probably doing most things right already - and there's nothing that you can't try tomorrow.

How Journaling Can Help When You're Coping with Autism
If support groups don't work for you, journaling may be a wonderful outlet - and a great way to figure out what you're really feeling about a child's autism diagnosis. Psychologist Robert Naseef offers ideas on how to use journaling to manage your feelings as you cope with an autism diagnosis.

Autism Rude - What's the Rudest Thing Anyone Has Said About Your Child with...
What's the Rudest Thing Anyone Has Said About Your Child with Autism?

Fear Autism - What's Your Biggest Fear for Your Child with Autism
What's Your Biggest Fear for Your Child with Autism?

Autism Relatives - Relatives Who Don't Understand or Accept Your Child's Autism
Every family includes at least one relative who just doesn't understand or accept your child with autism. Share your story!

Safety and the Autistic Runaway
An autistic runaway is extraordinarily vulnerable. And it's not unusual for people with autism to bolt - often for no obvious reason. How can parents and caregivers increase safety for would-be autistic runaways?

How My Kid With Autism Learned to Play the Clarinet
What does it take for a kid with autism to shine? As it turns out, it's no walk in the park -- but it can be done!

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