Health Watch - Autism: Parents' Needs

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about autism, in recognition of Autism Awareness Month. We’ve discussed things parents can do to get their children diagnosed and treated and to care for their children. But parents also need to remember to take care of themselves.

Bringing up a child with autism can be challenging as well as rewarding. Dr. Catherine Karni, a pediatric psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says parents should remember that caring for themselves is caring for their child. Parents shouldn’t let their child’s needs keep them imprisoned in the house. They can find support groups of like-minded people. Spouses should set aside time for each other and for any other children in the family. Parents also should know that they can set conversational boundaries about how they talk about their child with other people, since others may have varying opinions on what they should be doing.

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April 2011


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