Family Friends Support Groups
Explaining the diagnosis to family and friends can be difficult, especially if they have been critical of your parenting in the past.
If you have been given a leaflet or information about ASD, share these with your family and friends. You could also direct them to useful websites such as this one or the National Autistic Society. They will probably feel relieved that they have a name for the difficulties your child faces.
Sometimes family and friends find it difficult to take in and may be upset. Explain simply what your child can do, what is more difficult and how they can help you/your child.
Ask for help
Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and friends can make a huge difference when caring for a child with autism. They could give you a break from caring so you can have some time with your partner, other children, friends or be by yourself. They can also help by spending time with siblings who may feel left out.
Parent Support Groups
Even if you have family close by, it is useful to find a parent support group. Parents often tell us that it’s a great help to be able to discuss difficulties with people who are in the same situation and who understand. Support groups are a great way of making friends and sharing advice too. Often there will be a chance for the children to play or a visiting speaker.
Your Social Worker, Health Visitor or Parent Partnership contact will be able to tell you about any local groups. Alternatively you can contact the NAS (National Autistic Society) to find your local NAS group.
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