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.
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:
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.