Autism and Intellectual Disability

Coping with Your Child’s Special Needs

Autism and intellectual disorders can be incredibly consuming for your entire family.

As a parent, you may feel hopeless. You think:

“My kid doesn’t fit in at school, and my family won’t help take care of him.”

“I’ve tried diet changes and vitamins, and I’m not sure what else to do!”

“I’ve spoken with the pediatrician, neurologist, and speech pathologist; and I’m at my wits’ end. I’m sick of pushing my kid to take meds, and I’m not sure it helps.”

“No one is helping me address my child’s aggression, frustration, impulsivity, and I’m exhausted. I have no idea how to help them fit in with other children and the family.”

It may not get easier as they age.

You’re beginning to wonder if they will ever be able to live independently. High school or college is almost done, and you’re not sure how you and your family will get by without the current services.

You wish you could talk with someone who has experience and will be respectful of your desires, who will hear your family’s needs, and help you connect with the appropriate referrals.

You need help to make the best for the future.

Young adulthood is in the rear view window, and you are caring for your adult family member on your own. You are exhausted, unclear how to deal with recent challenges, and need help.

You may find yourself upset about their choices as an adult, or how the help you do have is being overused. You’re nervous about the future for your child when you’re gone.

You need someone to help you shift the status quo.

Someone with connections and awareness of how to navigate their adulthood.

We’re glad you are here; we have that experience.

“The only things kids wear out faster than shoes are their parents.”

~John J. Plomp

Solutions Offered by Psychiatry

Glad you’re here. Not only are we trained to diagnose and treat autism and intellectual disorders, we are experienced.

We see autistic children/adolescents/and adults every day. We address impulsivity, aggression, their behaviors, and learning needs.

While working with parents, we help them by advocating for services in schools by writing recommendations for Individual Education Plans (IEPS). We also will educate parents on the resources available in the community, including the Inland Regional Center and County Vocational, Rehabilitation, and Mental Health Services.

“Don’t think that there’s a different, better child ‘hiding’ behind the autism. This is your child. Love the child in front of you. Encourage his strengths, celebrate his quirks, and improve his weaknesses, the way you would with any child. You may have to work harder on some of this, but that’s the goal.”

~Claire Scovell LaZebnik

Partnering to Find a Solution

You don’t have to go it alone any longer. Call to set up an appointment today.

For more information about autism, click here: https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

For more information about local family resources, click here: https://www.namisb.org/