Autism Spectrum Disorders & Asperger's Syndrome: Tips for Helping
Did you know that Asperger's Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders are having a major impact on our community?
It may seem like you are hearing more and more about these issues. And guess what, it isn't just because there is more media attention, or because we are getting better at detecting it. All the research is showing that there is in fact an increase in the incidence in autism spectrum disorders.
And families, new moms, new dads, grandparents, and others are terrified, confused, and unsure what they can do to help these toddlers, kids, adolescents, and young adults who are impacted.
Here are a few quick tips on ways you can help:
- Understand that this is a real issue. Don't minimize, deny, or blame parents for what is happening. - Get educated if you have a family member or friend who is impacted. And then, just listen and support them. - Offer support. Families impacted by autism spectrum disorders have a lot of balls they are juggling and while it is hard for them to accept it- they often really need support- even if it is just someone to go for a walk with once in awhile- or a late night cup of tea out back while their child is sleeping. - Don't poo-poo their efforts to give their kids the best experience even if you don't understand why their family is going gluten-free, dye-free, etc. Also, don't force articles on them that "if you just do this- your child will be cured." They have been doing the research!
There are probably 100 other tips we could give, but we will leave it at that!
How are we at Counseling Modesto helping the community? We have a new counselor! Donnieau Snyder, LMFT has advanced expertise and training in working with families, children, and adolescents impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is available for family therapy and individual counseling not just for the kids- but also parents that need that extra support. Give us a call at (209) 602-1513 for a free phone consultation, or forward this to a friend who needs some support!