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Stress Busters Success Tips



At a recent Autism Society of Pittsburgh support group meeting, Claudia Neely of shared these tips for reducing stress in families with autistic children.

  • Define success for your own family!
  • Ask for help! The Autism Society of Pittsburgh Support Group can be a source of positive help for you.
  • Build on your child’s strengths! Remind yourself daily of their progress – and yours!
  • Use sensory activity! – for you and your child.
  • Do you yourself need calming or stimulating activities! Get outside! Physical activity and fresh air are invigorating.
  • Connect to your sense of wonder! The littlest things like baking cookies, blowing bubbles or watching a waterfall together can be so positive.
  • Play to your and your child’s temperament! Consider that they may prefer to be quiet or alone during stressful times.
  • Keep track of schedules and stress markers! – helpful in preventing more stress down the road.
  • Remember the value of standing with your child! Never give up on advocacy!