Time for you...supporting parents

Ladybug House has access to a range of Allied Health Professionals and organisations. We've invited them to post relevant and informative pieces. Jo White, who runs Autism Counselling, provide some tips for parents who have children that have been newly diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder:

Things that make us strong parents:

Parenting is hard.  Parenting a child with special needs, particularly ASD is even harder.  These are tips to keep in mind when the going gets tough.

  • A positive mindset can help you through the difficult days
  • Time management skills may make life easier
  • Good communication skills are important with speaking with professionals and family alike
  • Being flexible will lower your stress levels
  • Supportive relationships with family and friends can help

Getting Organised:

  • Planning and setting priorities will help you to get organised and stay that way
  • Write up and display the weekly schedule where all family members can see it
  • Set goals for all family members and plan how to achieve them.  Small steps at a time will pave the way to success
  • Keep an information file for your child so that you and others can always find information when you need it.
  • Have a list of telephone contacts handy and give it to other carers
  • Swap tips about getting organised with your friends and other parents of children with Autism.

Jo White runs a program that helps parents through other challenges such as:

  • Explaining ASD
  • Some useful strategies for home and school
  • Positive behaviour management tips
  • Linking in with services – Funding

If you want more information from Jo White, she can be contacted on 0414 487 509

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