Autism Support Groups
Joining an autism support group is a great way to meet other families who are dealing with the same challenges you are. Parents may share information, receive advice, and lean on each other for emotional support. Simply being around others who in the same boat, and sharing experiences, goes a long way toward reducing the isolation many parents feel after receiving a child’s autism diagnosis.
Every parent needs a break now and again. For parents coping with the added stress of autism, this is especially true. In respite care, another caregiver takes over temporarily – giving you a break for a few hours, days, or even weeks.
Individual, Marital, or Family Counselling
If stress, anxiety, or depression is getting you down, you may want to see a therapist of your own. Therapy is a safe place where you can talk honestly about everything you’re feeling—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Marriage or family therapy can also help you to work out problems that the challenges of life with an autistic child are causing in your spousal relationship, or with other family members.
The resources we provide are dependent on people like you becoming involved in our work. There are a number of ways you can help us. You could offer your time – most of our volunteers commit approximately 4 hours a week to support a family. Others may help in the office, or with fundraising. If you have a particular skill you would like to offer, such as gardening, painting, decorating, or DIY, we may need your assistance on an occasional basis. Don’t have the time to volunteer? We are always very grateful to receive financial support.
When Your Child Has Autism
- Learn About Autism: The more you know about autism spectrum disorders, the better equipped you’ll be to make informed decisions for your child. Educate yourself about the treatment options, ask questions, and participate in all treatment decisions.
- Become an Expert on Your Child: Find out what triggers your child’s disruptive behaviours and what elicits a positive response. What does your child find stressful? Calming? Uncomfortable? Enjoyable? If you understand what affects your child, you’ll be better at troubleshooting problems and preventing situations that cause difficulties.
- Accept Your Child, Quirks and All: Rather than focusing on how your child is different from other children and what he or she is “missing,” practice acceptance. Enjoy your kid’s special quirks, celebrate small successes, and stop comparing your child to others. Feeling unconditionally loved and accepted will help your child more than anything else.
- Don’t Give Up: It’s impossible to predict the course of an autism spectrum disorder. Don’t jump to conclusions about what life is going to be like for your child. Like everyone else, people with autism have an entire lifetime to grow and develop their abilities.
Dimobi Childrens Disability trust offers a range of services to provide support and assistance to family members, carers, and professionals working with individuals with autism. These include:
- Information and Helpline Services
- Autism Advice Programmes
- Support Groups
- “Care for Caring” Parents Programme
- Mothers’ Time Out Camp
- Dads’ Outings
- Siblings' Outings
- Siblings' Groups
- Workshops for Parents
Empowering Families with Disabled Children
Dimobi Childrens Disability Trust, we aim to provide support at every stage of a child’s life to ensure that children with disabilities are able to access the support and services they need.
Empowering children with disabilities and their families means that their voices should be heard. They should be afforded life choices that all children are entitled to under the law in the UK. We seek to empower children with disabilities so that they have a right to education and a right to be heard. We seek to ensure that children with disabilities are supported to express their own hopes and dreams and that these concepts remain central to any plans for their future.
The “Empowerment Approach” is focused on working with children and their families to develop a person-centred plan which clearly expresses a child's needs, preferences, interests, priorities, and aspirations for the future. This is a vital tool which we use to promote the rights of children with disabilities.