Stress and Psychological Well Being in Families With Autistic Children

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Parents of children with autism often suffer from stress and anxiety. Dealing with children with autism places extraordinary demands on the shoulder of parents that can be added over the usual parental daily work and responsibilities. Compounding the needs and work load of the family members to the responsibilities of raising a child with autism can be multiplied and easily create a hectic situation where parents feel the pressure under such circumstances and suffer psychological symptoms that can be overwhelming to both parents and siblings of children with autism. Children with autism suffer a myriad of social, behavioral, and language abnormalities. An individual with such a dense profile can have a huge impact on the normal…show more content…
Some of these behaviors can be marked with a degree of aggressiveness, self-injurious and/or self-stimulating behaviors. These behaviors can be threatening to the child, siblings and parents safety. Furthermore, these behaviors can be very concerning and interfere with the child daily functioning and academic/vocational learning. Consequently, families need to constantly restructure their time, find appropriate settings for the child to stay and spend time with professionals who are well prepared to care for a their child with the appropriate skills to manage such hard task. Financial burden is another issue that faces the family of a child with autism. Usually children with autism encounter health problems that force professionals and parents to place them on a strict diet that can help manage their behavior and development. In addition, finding professionals and appropriate schools/daycares that can serve the child’s needs and help the family understand and learn appropriate ways to work with their child, will add an extra financial burden on the family’s budget. Different therapies, educational programs, and psychological and physical evaluations are sources of financial drains. All these and other factors that aid with elevating stress levels in family members can be minimized or managed by accepting a level of change in the life and schedule
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