Taking Care of the Caretaker
One of the best things parents can do for their autistic children is to take care of themselves.
Being the caregiver of an autistic child can be a nonstop challenge. Often you may be so busy that you forget your own needs. By taking care of yourself, you “keep your batteries charged” so that you can better take care of your child. But how?
Maintain healthy routines. Are you drinking enough water and eating healthy foods? Going to bed and waking at regular times? Doing activities that you enjoy and that help you feel calm? All of these efforts can make a big difference in how you feel—and how you relate to your child.
Lower your stress. No matter what challenges you face, you can do a few simple things to stay calm: Let someone know when you need a hug, keep a favorite photo close at hand, go for a walk, or exercise. Even with limited time, you can take a few deep breaths, listen to your favorite music, or stretch your body.
Reach out to others. Feeling alone is common for parents during stressful times. But you don’t have to handle them on your own. Connect with trusted family members and friends, share your feelings with them, and enlist their help. Can someone pick up your child after school, or prepare a meal from time to time? It’s okay to ask.
Connect with support networks. Seek out people who can understand what you are going through. Professionals or support groups offer a chance to share feelings and suggest strategies for coping with all the challenges in your life.
A World of Welcome
We can each do our part to help others feel welcomed and supported in our community.
Everyone Has a (P)Art to Play!
Creative projects, like a community mural, can bring people together!
Julia & the Super-Sunny Celebration
When a big (and fun!) job needs to be done, everyone can find ways to help that are unique to them.
It’s fun to be creative, especially when everyone contributes!
Taking Care of Myself
Watch this webinar to recharge and stock your self care toolkit with tips and tricks to try when stress sneaks in.
Draw Me In
There’s a place for every child in a community!
Julia is Needed
When a problem arises, anyone can be part of the solution!