Impact of autism on family and work life
Have you ever heard the saying, "When you make plans, life happens"? We had a lot of plans for our boys, including buying a home, helping them build their careers, and travelling the world, among others. But, everything literally froze. We felt so guilty that most of our time was now dedicated to our younger son, yet our older son needed us just as much.
I still had a full-time job and would juggle work, looking after both boys, hospital and community care appointments and trying to live a normal family life. The good thing was that he was now in a specialist school. They were very supportive and gave us many helpful tips for building routines. Everything took twice as long to do, and we celebrated even the tiniest of milestones.
We had a small circle of friends and family who fully understood our situation and were always there to lend a helping hand or give us advice. Our son soon got comfortable with our inner circle. He knew he could just be himself, and no one would judge him, stare at him, or make derogatory comments. You see, even children with autism can read the room and behave appropriately in response.