Resources, services and therapies, Part 2

You are feeling depressed? You don’t know how you are going to cope? First turn to Allah and then please don’t isolate yourself! There are a lots of supports groups out there. If your child is attending a Special Needs school, for sure, they are  running support groups for parents. If your child is attending a mainstream school with a provision, that might be  slightly more complicated. You will then need to engage in conversation with other parents to find out if there is anything going on within your borough.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Alhamdulillah, that is the case for me. This group is fantastic, MashAllah! You can join them all week by email or phone and they are very quick at answering all types of queries like where to get nappies or how to get a minibus to collect your child. They also run free workshops for parents on challenging behaviours, communication, sleep etc. And finally, they organize a lot of activities like swimming sessions, yoga, parties.Image                                                                                                                                                            Indeed,It is not because  your child is challenging that you have to cut yourself from the outside world. There is no need to be ashamed if your child is doing things that  lead people to stare at both of you as if you were some kind of aliens.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You have to remember that taking your child out will teach him how to behave . That’s how we all learned.Going out will also stimulate your child brain. How do you expect him/her to develop thoughts, ideas etc when stuck home 24/7? If you can’t handle people watching, just tell them: “My child is autistic, that’s why he/she is acting like that, please just go over it,LOL”!”

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