The first article in a 3-part series on motherhood is out today at Autism Women’s Network: Motherhood: Autistic Parenting
I kicked off the series with the social aspects of motherhood because that was one of the biggest challenges for me and for many of the women who answered the survey questions. In the article, I focused a lot on the areas of difficulty that we experience and touched on some general ideas for supports.
There is clearly a big gap when it comes to resources for autistic moms. I’m wondering if any of you have found solutions to the need for social supports. Do you know of online support groups for mothers on the spectrum? Have you found ways to communicate effectively with your children’s school or have you gotten any social supports from local social services organizations? Have you enlisted help from your own parents or family members when it comes to the social aspects of being a mom? If you’ve done things that have worked, I would love to hear about them and I think lots of people would benefit from having a pool of realistic options to draw upon.
As always, I owe a huge thank you to everyone who answered the survey questions. There were more than 70 responses, many of them incredibly detailed. I’m humbled by how honestly and openly you all share your stories. Although I couldn’t include quotes from everyone, I did my best to find the common threads of our social struggles and portray those in the article through representative quotes. There are still two more articles coming, so if you’d like to contribute, please feel free to fill out the survey in the coming days.