Autism Spectrum Disorder
There was a Canadian study conducted with 283 women with a child diagnosed with ASD. At the time of diagnosis, the mothers whose children had the most challenging behavior experienced the most stress. But over time, those with particular coping strategies had less stress. The moms who focused on getting help, solving problems, and finding meaning in their experiences weathered the parenting storms the best. Moms who tended to avoid their problems and emotions – called "disengaged coping" – suffered more stress.
Mom, I know it is not easy. I have seen the need for support for the families for quite some time now, sorry dad (and yes you count too!), but I have witnessed mothers taking on a lot of arranging therapies, working with professionals, and spending the most time with their child. I know that the intervention for the kids is of up most importance, as research has and is proving.
As someone who has worked in people's homes and in the schools for many years, I have gained a unique insight into the struggles the family faces. I see that support and concentrated assistance to the parents is missing! I have felt this way for a long time. You get bombarded with all of these therapies and professionals telling you what is best for your child - and they do have good knowledge in regards to behavioral therapy. Having a child, in general, can be stressful in itself and add a diagnosis to that and it multiples.
I want to provide support and intervention that not only helps the family, especially mom and dad, to cope, conquer, and move forward in their lives finding happiness; it also, in turn gives love to the children in the family. Recognizing your fears, grief, anxieties, and worries is the first step to acceptance. Sometimes you need just need to talk it out and help accessing or learning new coping skills. It is like on the airplane, we are told to put the air mask on ourselves first before we help anyone else. Meaning we need to take care of oneself so we can take care of those who need us. Let me help guide you along your journey.
It is innate in myself that I have a very soft spot for individuals with a disability. Autism spectrum disorder has been steadily on the rise since I entered the field of utilizing applied behavior analysis and providing intervention for individuals diagnosed with autism. I have worked in the field of autism for the past 12 years delivering: discreet trial training, pivotal response training, social skills training, cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy, parent consultation, school consultation, and parent education, training, and psychotherapy. It is a collaborative effort. As I wrote, helping people is at the core of who I am and the field was very exciting when I started out. It is still exciting in that there are new developments and research occurring across the world and more individuals are receiving therapy. I also work with young adults with a diagnosis.
“Life is… not about counting the losses and the lost expectations, but rather swimming, with as much grace as can be mustered, in the joy of all of it.” Leisa Hammett, Parent