Saturday, August 23, 2014

Parents: Don't forget to take care of yourself!

I just read this article on Mother Nature Network, where "Researchers find that when moms of children with disabilities get stress relief, the whole family benefits." I know we all know this, but reading the article helps remind of the importance for all family members are supported. 
From Mother Nature Network:

Pick up any book, read any article, or watch any program about autism and you will see that the focus is front and center on the child.  His wants.  His needs.  His troubles.  And that is how it should be.  Kids with autism face varying degrees of social, economic, and academic struggles and most information about the disorder focusing on helping them deal with these issues.  But take a closer look at these kids and you will see something almost hiding in the background.  The parents.  Particularly, the moms.
Academic research has shown what most people already know - parents of children with autism experience more stress, illness, and psychiatric problems than parents of children without disabilities.  Yet autism services - such as counseling and assistance - are only available for the children affected by autism.  

But a study published recently in the journal Pediatrics, took a closer look at the health of these moms and found that when efforts are made to help them reduce stress, everybody in the family benefits.

**Image above from Mindful Moms Network.

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