It can be a lifesaver to hear from other parents who have been in your shoes. Reaching out to ask for help is not a bad thing — it's a sign of strength.
What can a support group (or parent group) group do for you?
You can learn from the experiences of other parents.
You'll make friends with others who know what it's like to raise a child with autism.
Support from other parents will help you through the ups and downs of life in a family where a child has autism.
There are many organizations that offer free trainings for parents of children with autism.
They understand what you're going through and what you need to learn. Many are led by other parents who have been in your shoes.
Make the most of the resources around you and try to attend trainings when you can!
How to find an in-person support group or parent training:
- Go to the Resource Directory and look under "Parent & Caregiver Support".
En Español: Directorio de recursos.
Call the Autism Support Center near you. Ask about support groups, trainings and other ways to connect with parents.
To find Facebook groups, click on this link: List of Autism Facebook Groups.
Find the one that fits your needs: information, stories and tips from other parents, and even humor!
Blogs are also a good way to get tips and advice from other parents.
Here's one to start with, and you can search for others:
Making Sense of a New Autism Diagnosis
A short piece by a parent about starting this journey.