The Challenges of Family With Low-Functioning Autism

The Challenges of Family With Low-Functioning Autism

We often hear people say they are sad because their child has the type of autism that no one talks about.

But what about all of that autism awareness? Yes, it is amazing but it does not show the true struggles of those with severe autism nor the struggles their caregivers go through. Sadly for most residential care seems to be their only option or they are pushed into it.

You may wonder why? Well, part of it is with severe autism comes many challenges. They tend to be mostly nonverbal or limited verbal skills. Due to a lack of communication and understanding, we often see more behaviors that are so much more severe. Before Ryley could talk, she ran a lot and was very violent to herself and me. I was scared to take her places because I did not know what was going to happen.

For a large number of people with Autism, this becomes so true. People became scared to talk about it. How do you explain to the world your child does not talk, he is not potty trained, he is self-injurious, he hits us and has horrific meltdowns. You can't get people to understand.

Whether you find a way that is best for your family or not we are here to help you. Lakikid has a Facebook support group of many parents seeking options for their child's future or need your child to be placed in a 24 hour supervised setting.

Autism for those low functioning can be a challenge. A very big challenge.

Nonverbal, potty issues, agitation, anxiety all play a part in low functioning autism. The key is to do therapy, give them the best education and support needed. Then eventually find a work program. Yes, some will find this a challenge and need a strict day program or inpatient treatment center. You are not a failure as a parent. You fight for them, they just need more time and support.

Don't forget that Lakikid has a support group full of families that understand your struggles. So please consider joining us.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JENN EGGERT

is a 35-year-old mother of two. Jenn's daughter, Ryley was disagonsed with autism at the age of 4. Jenn is also the host of our weekly Facebook Live show, Ask an Autism Mom.

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