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Step #2: Grieve 

Ask anyone caring for a child with special needs and they'll tell you that it's not easy. Most agree that they all struggled with some form of emotion before rolling up their sleeves and getting to work. This brings us to an important and sometimes overlooked process in dealing with the challenge you've been given: Parents and family members, you must allow yourself time to deal with your emotions. Grieve, be angry, give yourself the opportunity to vent whatever's going on inside.

For some it takes weeks, others may need months, but whatever the case, be honest with yourself. Only you know when you've come to terms with your child's condition. If severe depression, stress, or anxiety persist, seek counseling or psychiatric treatment. Dealing with the reality and accepting your challenge has everything to do with your children reaching their potential. It's for this reason that autism support groups serve as a potent ally. There you'll finds folks just like yourselves, sharing, caring, and, more importantly, living with the same challenges. Talk with parents who have been living with autism, with those capable of sharing their first-hand experience with coping and treatments. Don't be surprised when you find that the parents in these groups are the "real experts".

Here's a short list of support organizations and message boards:

    Your local Church
    Parents Helping Parents
    Parents of Autistic Children
    Autism Support Group
    Autism Message Board
    The Autism Perspective

Here are a few ways to locate autism support groups (in your area):  

    Go online and search for "autism support groups CA" substituting "CA" for your state name.
    Contact your local school district, county, or state board of education.

Some argue that a parent never really recovers from the initial shock of diagnosis, let alone truly copes with the lifestyle that comes with living with a disabled child. Some may find themselves feeling desperate, hopeless, or alone, even in the midst of ample support. Are you feeling this way? Do you wonder whether you'll ever find the peace and hope you hear people speak of when living with a challenge such as this? Or maybe you're angry, you've accepted the fact that your child has a disability, but you resent it.

There's another resource to call on, a spiritual resource of hope; of peace; of limitless, unconditional love. This resource is God, of course, the creator of heaven and earth, the greatest source of love, peace, wisdom, courage, and hope this world can ever know. If we turn to God to ask for help in dealing with the emotional and other challenges we face in being the parent of a special-needs child any challenge in life, for that matter we receive it without fail. All we need to do is ask. See the section Conclusion for more thoughts.

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