Welcome back to the second post in our series on parenting with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In our first post, we touched on the fact that many parents are unaware that they are on the spectrum. Developments in the diagnosis and understanding of what ASDs are has evolved significantly in the last five years. For many who are already parents, understanding that what they do and the difficulties they face have a name and that there are treatment options to help them become better parents, co-workers, partners, spouses and friends is empowering. If you're searching for a mental health therapist in Raleigh, NC to help you with your ASD, call Legacy Freedom. We can help.
Parenting when you are on the spectrum is challenging. Many parents with ASD suffer extreme bouts of anxiety or depression in addition to their spectrum disorders. This causes the children of these parents to feel lonely or unloved. They may become the victims of parental emotional outbursts. These kids are then left to deal with their own internal issues about whether they are loved or cared for. While their physical needs may be met, their emotional needs and their need for reassurance may not be.
Parents with ASD often struggle with time management and punctuality. As a result, their children may be late to school, soccer practice or appointments and can experience the turmoil of being forgotten at pick up times. This cycle continues to feed the child's fears that they are unimportant or unloved. Commonly children who have parents on the spectrum display the following behaviors:
- Heightened need for acceptance and approval from peers and other adults.
- Intense outbursts of anger or frustration when the subject of family is raised.
- When questioned about their parents they become overly defensive and protective.
- Practice escapism by inventing imaginary friends or fantastic adventures.
- Prefer to isolate from parents during times of unrest or conflict in the home.
- Constant fear of public embarrassment.
- Feelings of constant criticism or being a nuisance.
- Older children may attempt to run away or flee the home/situation.
- Anxiety or fear of the parent's mood or emotions.
- Fear of explaining the disorder to other people.
Working With A Mental Health Therapist in Raleigh, NC That You Can Trust
Seeking treatment for your ASD is important. Ensuring that your relationship with your child does not suffer further damage is key. At Legacy Freedom, we offer both one-on-one and group counseling to help you and your family learn to cope with your autism spectrum disorder. Our approach is a holistic one that focuses on treating you as a whole person, not just your disorder and any underlying or accompanying mental illnesses.
We realize the importance of the health of your mind, body and spirit and the role that these things play in your daily interactions with your children and your family. Through a combination of traditional and alternative therapies, our mental health therapist in Raleigh, NC will develop a care plan that is focused on you. Working together with our team you will have access to dieticians and physical therapists to help heal your body, while talk therapy and alternative therapies help your mind and spirit flourish. We proudly offer over ten different types of alternative therapies to our patients. Your care team will help you choose the best treatments for you.
Parents with ASD face a unique challenge when it comes to raising a child who is not on the spectrum. Through therapy and guidance, parents who are on the spectrum can rebuild their relationships with their children and form a healthy parent/child bond. If you or someone you love is parenting with ASD and need help, Legacy Freedom is here. Our goal is to help you and your family heal. The help you need is a phone call or a click away. Call Legacy Freedom of Raleigh today!