As a parent, you are biologically programmed to take care of your child from the very moment they are born. Being told that your child has autism can be rather difficult to accept. You want so badly to believe that every child develops at his or her own rate. You may run with that thought for a longer period of time because the reality of the situation may take a bit of getting used to. Then, you will begin to read more and more about ASD. Once you can accept the diagnosis and learn to manage your own stress, you will find that raising a child will autism can also provide many unique and joyous moments. Embrace all of your emotions and use them to encourage acceptance and compassion.
No child is perfect – some children are fussy, some are poor students and some have autism. Learn to accept this disorder as a specific development need rather than something that is altering your life in a way that makes it worse. Whatever you do, remember to take care of yourself. Most parents may attest to the fact that they are good at operating on auto pilot. Sometimes, your body functions and moves in a robotic way - same thing, yet different day. You are not helping anyone, least of all your child, when you are not functioning at your best. Your time to rejuvenate is just as important as every other aspect of your life so try to relax and enjoy yourself. Maintain an identity of your own separate from that of being a parent. You owe it to your child and you owe it to yourself to be happy and lead a balanced life.