Autism, of course, presents several significant challenges for a child. This is well-established. However, there are very few people out there who think about the impact that that autism has on parents. We are going to talk about those on this page.
Coping with a child can be a stressful experience. Dealing with an autistic child can bring this to a whole new level. Of course, you love your child to the moon and back, but they have so many needs that you must cater for. For example, a child with autism will thrive on routine. This means that you will always need to stick to the same routine, day in, day out.
In addition to this, if you have children without autism, they may feel as though you are neglecting them in favor of your autistic child. Again, this can cause huge levels of stress because the child who feels ‘neglected’ will start to act out in a bid to gain your attention.
Sadly, the stress that having an autistic causes does result in a higher divorce rate among parents. This is, in part, down the fact that it now becomes difficult to spend time together, or having an autistic child may lead to additional financial stress.
Parents with autistic children will suddenly find it difficult to make time for their friends. This can lead to social isolation, which can lead to mental health issues. If anything, it is going to lead to a dwindling friend pool. You will be surprised at how few friends will turn up at your home, simply because they do not want to see the autistic behaviours of your child.
Lack of support
Many parents feel as though they suffer from a lack of support. Their friends, or maybe other members of their family, may have children the same age as them. However, unless those people have autistic children, they are never going to understand the struggles that the parent will be going through on a daily basis. This can make it tough to get any help from people.
In addition to this, it is notoriously difficult to find a babysitter. This is because very few babysitters out there are willing to look after autistic children, mainly because they do not know what to expect. This can also result in a lack of support. However, it can also be related to the social issues that we mentioned previously. If you can’t find somebody to look after your child, then you will find it tough to take a break for even a few hours.
Depending on where you live, not all therapies will be covered by your health insurance. If you live in a country which has social health care, then you may find that some treatments may not be included. This means that a parent will need to pay out of their pocket for treatments for their child. This means that a parent will have a huge financial burden placed upon their head.