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Preventing Burnout While Raising a Child with Autism and/or ADHD

Updated: Apr 26

Written by Adrienne Vincenti, AMFT


Parenting a child who is neurodivergent can be exhausting and challenging, leading to feelings of fatigue, irritability, and difficulty controlling one’s emotions. It’s important to recognize these feelings and prioritize self-care to prevent burnout. As a therapist and mother of a neurodivergent child myself, I understand these struggles.

 

Here are a few tips that might help you on tough days:

 

Reach out for Support:

Don’t hesitate to lean on friends, family, or parenting support groups. The Parenting Autism Therapy Center offers parenting support groups that provide a place where parents who share similar experiences and stories come together.

 

Take Breaks:

It’s okay to step away for a few minutes to recharge. Even short breaks can make a big difference in how you feel.

 

Practice Self-Compassion:

Be gentle with yourself. Parenting is hard, and it’s okay to not be perfect. Treat yourself with the same kindness you would offer a friend in a similar situation.


Seek Professional Help:

If you find yourself overwhelmed, consider seeking support from a therapist.


Parenting Autism Therapy Center provides therapy sessions led by therapists who are parents of children who are neurodivergent. They intimately understand your experiences and challenges.


Remember, it's important to prioritize your well-being. Taking care of yourself enables you to be the best parent you can be for your child.

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