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|Tue, 02-23-2010 - 12:47am|
Hi everyone, I am kind of a veteran Autism mom as my 8 yr old son was diagnosed 5 years ago. It was a long, hard process for me to accept his diagnosis but I finally did and really embraced all that our family entailed.
Now I am facing the shock and fear and overwhelm all over again as it becomes more and more clear that my 6 year old daughter is somewhere on the spectrum too. It is so devastating because part of the way that I was able to accept my son's differences was by consoling myself that I at least had my NT daughter (I also have a 2 year old). Now my 6 yr old is having all these social problems in school, can't make friends, is doing and saying odd stuff and I just don't feel like I have the capacity to go through the heartache all over again, let alone the long hours of hard work and expense of therapy etc etc.
If any of you moms out there have more than one child on the spectrum, how do you do it? And how did you deal with a second diagnosis? I feel like packing up my family and moving us to a farm out in the middle of nowhere. I'm exhausted at trying to fit us into this social society that my children don't fit with.