Before having children on the spectrum, I never thought about how important having local resources are. If you don’t struggle with a mental illness or a family member with this, it’s so easy to overlook. I know for me it was.
I believe it’s vital to find resources in your area to help. They’ll be the ones who know best how to help in the situation. These people have the information, and if they’re not sure, then they’ll find out for you.
Now, we’ve lived in places that don’t have any local resources, and it was a major struggle. It felt like pulling your hair out. Same goes for my husband with his bi-polar. Some just want to brush it under the rug. I don’t understand why those in the medical profession are like this.
We’re in the middle of moving out of state, so we’ll be looking for local resources again. Now, the good thing is we already know the area super well cause we’re both from this state and area. The best place to check for resources is online.
Google is your best friend. USE IT! This is what I’ve always done first. You’ll be amazed at what you can find. IF there’s nothing close, then go to your primary doctor. Ask them for referrals. If you get the runaround, keep pushing.
Sometimes dealing with the issues we do we have to be our own advocate or one for our loved one. Keep pressing and don’t give in. Do tons of research to know your rights. Call your county health department. They’ll be able to help as well.
Support groups for yourself and for family members and therapies. All these reasons are why it’s so important to find local resources.
Allyson is a published author, blogger, wife and mom to 4 kids. Three of her children are on the autism spectrum. She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. On her blog you can find her writing about being an author, her faith and family. She resides in Missouri with her loving husband and four wonderful children, and three cats. She’s addicted to knitting and coffee.