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The Effects Of An Autistic Child On A Marriage

Mar 20th 2011 at 5:39 PM

Unfortunately, in these trying times, many marriages end in either separation or divorce.
These statistics tend to rise even higher, when you include an autistic child.
No matter how loving, devoted and understanding you both may be towards your child,
the truth is that autism is a very difficult and challenging matter,
and problems and strain in a marriage is not uncommon.
By keeping a positive attitude about the situation, and by working to keep your marriage healthy,
you and your spouse can avoid marital issues
or problems and be able to survive the trying times of raising an autistic child.


WHY DID YOU MARRY YOUR SPOUSE?
By asking yourself this question and reminding yourself about this,
you will be able to focus on the good things in your marriage.
Raising an autistic child is stressful, and if you are stressed, there is a tendency to argue,
or snap at one another/or another person, for the smallest missteps.
Instead of focusing on these negative qualities, take some time to enjoy one another the way
you both did at the beginning of the relationship.
Think about the times before your child with autism was born.
Spend some quality apart from your children.
When you find out that your child is autistic, it would be beneficial to make sure that you and your
spouse are not the only two people with whom your child will respond.
A grandparent, aunt, uncle or mature sibling are good people to have in your child's life,
in the most intimate way possible.
This way, time alone with your husband/wife is possible.
Work together with your spouse to help your child, instead of bickering or arguing with one another.
It is common to have different ideas about what to do in certain situations.
Be prepared to compromise and seek professional consultations before making any medical decisions for your child.
When you work together, remember that you are giving your child the best opportunities.


SET TIME TO SPEND TOGETHER:
Set aside time every week to spend together as a family,such as,
go out to dinner or catch a movie,
especially if one parent or the other is the primary caregiver.

SEEK HELP:
Seek help if you need it!
Part of any successful marriage is spending some time apart to focus on individual needs,
and it is no different when you have an autistic child.
However, if you find that you and your spouse are only content when spending time alone together,
it is time to reevaluate the situation.
A family or marriage counselor can help you and your spouse get back on the right track to a happy life together.
Also, it may be a good idea to seek out other couples who are raising autistic children.
Remember, you are never alone, and it is never easy.
By making an effort to keep your marriage happy, even when under a lot of pressure and stress
with the task of raising an autistic child, the two of you can ensure
that your marriage does not end in a messy, unpleasant divorce!

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