A Problem Shared… My Son’s ASD

A Problem Shared Education | by | 12th Feb 2016

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Sarah is a mum of 4 kids. Her youngest son has ADHD, and now doctors believe he may also have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). She’s finding it difficult to cope, and has reached out for help and support. She’s asked A Problem Shared… for advice.

Hi, I’m a mum of four brilliant children: Ruby, Joshua, Carys and Chris.

Joshua, my youngest son, is 11 years old and has ADHD.

But now they think he may also have ASD (also known as the Autism Spectrum Disorder). This means he has problems with social interaction and communication. It also means that the smallest things might cause a tantrum. I’m finding it hard and very difficult to cope with him at times. I don’t know what to do. I’ve never asked for help ever, so I’m embarrassed to ask or to look like I’ve failed as a mum.

Our FamilyPoint advice to Sarah

Thank you for contacting us. It sounds as though you are finding things difficult at the moment which is understandable. There is no need to feel embarrassed to ask for help, we all need help at some point.

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If you are able to contact our helpline via phone (0300 222 57 57), text (07860 052 905) or instant message., an adviser will be able to talk in more depth about the specific sort of support you are looking for to meets your needs, and tell you about services or organisations who can help and support you further.

Our helpline is open Monday – Thursday 6pm – 10pm and Friday & Saturday 10am – 2pm.

In the meantime there are a few organisations you may want to consider contacting for information and advice. These are as follows:

Family Lives Helpline

Family Lives offers a confidential helpline service which is free from landlines and most mobiles (previously known as Parentline). Call 0808 800 2222 for information, advice, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life, including bullying.

The National Autistic Society

For impartial, confidential advice and support on autism for anyone affected by, or researching autism. 0808 800 4104

Family Information Service

You may wish to contact your local Family Information Service. If you contact them, they will be able to provide you with the details of your local service.


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