1. Be prepared for advice you didn't ask for.
There are many well-meaning people in your life who will offer advice, even when you didn't ask for it. Their advice may or may not be appropriate, or they just might not know what they're talking about (unless they also have an Autistic child(ren). Take well-meaning advice with a grain of salt.
2. If you have someone in your life who has as Autistic child...talk to them about their experience. Sometimes it's nice to talk to someone who "gets" what you're going through, understands the diagnosis, and may be able offer some comfort, advice on what Drs to see, tests to have done, babysitters, ect. They may also be able to offer a shoulder to cry on when things get too overwhelming.
3. Use the internet to find parent support groups, reviews on services and/or physicians.
The internet is a wonderful thing! I've found many support groups for parents with Autism through Facebook, and a wonderful pediatrician who understands our sons' condition.
4. Take time to relax.
Parenting a special needs child is stressful. I know...I have two sons on the Spectrum. Find time to relax, do something you enjoy, and be alone. Allow yourself time to concentrate on YOU, so that you can have plenty of energy to care for your child(ren) and other family members. Pour a glass of wine, go tot he gym, read a book, take a walk, go out with friends, order take out and watch Netflix.
5. Consider these options for your child:
- Social Security
- Respite Care - A Respite Care worker temporarily cares for a person with special needs, in order to offer the family/care relief.
If you're reading this, I hope it helps. If you have any questions...please let me know and I'll help if possible!