Tips to stay sane and be a good caretaker

To take good care of your child, you need to take care of yourself!

Caring for a child with autism can be a fulfilling experience. It can also be challenging and stressful. Caregivers and parents sometimes forget to take care of themselves as much as they do their children.

Here's what you can do:

Image of parent character Paula beside the text 'Take a break when you need it! Reach out to others when you need help! Don't drift away from your friends and community - they are usually there to help you out. Look for counseling services if you need them. Some of your child's service programs may include counseling and support for parents - just ask!'

Connect with support programs and other parents! See the section above to find listings.

And remember, you are not alone in this.  

Your child with autism loves you, and so do your other children and your extended family. Together you can all support each other and offer a helping hand when needed.

 

Click on the links below to download helpful tip sheets for parents, siblings, and grandparents.

 

Source: Autism Speaks

 

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