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The emotional rollercoaster of parenting children and young adults with autism
Sonia Voynow LCSW
No matter how long I have lived with my son’s diagnosis, a very singular kind of sadness and guilt can sweep in and take me by surprise.
When you're raising a child with autism, there are already enough things that can make you doubt yourself. Another person's opinion shouldn’t be one of them.
As the parent of a child with special needs, you might tend to focus mostly on what is wrong. But your child's passions and gifts are there. You just need to take a wider view.
Want your child-free time to feel nurturing? Choose a point of focus and create a place of calm.
It is essential to find time to be in the middle of all your doing for your child with autism. But stepping away is easier said than done.
Sonia Voynow, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience and the parent of a young adult with autism.