Autism spectrum moms. Strut on down the catwalk and let’s check your swagger:
Whoa! I think we’ve found our problem.
Here’s the picture I’m getting. You’re moving on down the catwalk of life waving and smiling and rocking out your style. As you near the end of the runway to make your big turn, BOOM.
That’s right. BOOM. Down you go.
Forgot something, didn’t ya?
Always, always make room for yourself. You need a checkmark by your own life.
Don’t get mad, I’m trying to help you. I’m on your side. Promise.
I sense you telling me you don’t have time or anyone to help with your autistic child
I want you to learn more about respite. Respite is a short break or getaway. A time that is fun and productive for your child and relaxing for you.
Caretaking is good work and it is hard work. No one can do what you do, mom.
But, burnout is inevitable if you don’t take care of yourself with some kind of get away. It doesn’t have to be a week long. Maybe a day or two days. Take your husband, a friend or go alone.
Read a book, work on scrapbooking, shop, browse, relax, sleep, go out to eat, camp, ride a bike, take a walk, watch movies, binge a Netflix series, run, start a blog, make a cake….
Whatever fun and rest looks like for you, do it.
You heard me right. Plan another respite break before you leave. This could be long, short or anywhere in between.
Because it’s proven that having something fun, enjoyable, exciting, new, different to look forward to in the future, provides joy in the now as well.
It works both ways, for you and your child. Both of you need to plan fun.
Sort through the respite options I’ve linked below, use the respite finder link or go with an option you already love.
Let’s put a check mark by this one. March your sassy self down the catwalk and show us what you’ve got, girl!
Autism Arch Respite Finder Finding respite programs, funding, information is WHAT this group does. Click on their link to get started.
Surf Camp!! And so much more.
Provides providers in your area that you can pick to care for your child.
Programs and services for children with disabilities.
Respite available to all Active Duty Navy and Reservist on Active Duty. *Navy only for this program*
Military autism services
Provided through Els For Autism. After School Respite Activities
The Autism Daily Brew’s respite kit.
How to keep an autism respite kit by your side.