We all need support

A BIG thanks to all of the parents who came out to the Autism Journey Parent Support Group Meeting. It was a successful first meeting and I look forward to many more in the future.

The meeting really had me thinking about the importance of connecting with other parents to lean on for guidance and support. It is proof that we are not alone — no matter how it might seem that way. There are lots of other people who need support, someone to talk to and to know that there are others out there in the same boat.

Many of the parents I talked to described the importance of being able to connect with other parents of children with autism. Parent groups offer a place for parents to share experiences, to get information and advice, to make friends and in some cases, campaign for better services and provision for their children.

A lot of parents highlighted the importance of talking to other parents who had similar experiences. As one mother said “I’m sure that meeting was worth thousands of dollars in therapy, I left feeling so hopeful and optimistic for our kids”. Parents also talked about how speaking to parents who had been through the same thing offered them “a light at the end of the tunnel”.

Thank you again to those who took the time to come out, I know that finding childcare on a weeknight can be tricky.

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of a village.