Parent's Guide to Supporting yourself and your child with autism taught by Maria Rodriguez, proud military wife, Educational Specialist, and boy mom of a 15 and 12 year old. Her youngest son was diagnosed with Autism when he was 5-years-old. Through this journey, she has learned that finding the right supports have been imperative for him and her family.
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People often ask how I got my child to "behave," and the reality is that all I gave him was consistency, patience, time, nurturing, and many many many teaching opportunities. BUT, the number one thing I cannot emphasize as a parent and a Special Education Teacher is that children who have exceptional behavioral needs require one thing the most and that is to be LOVED.
About three years ago, I found an article that read "PTSD in Mother's Who Have Children with Special Needs" and I was very confused. I didn't understand what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) had to do with parenting a child with special needs. I have to be honest that article opened my eyes in understanding that I needed to adopt some self-care to heal myself. My body and mind was demonstrating characteristics PTSD and I will explain to you why - and how to handle it.