Where to start..... I am a Mum of a Non-binary 14 year old. We are just at the beginning of our diagnosis journey. To be honest it has hit me like a tonne of bricks. I had never considered Autism may have been behind the 'quirky' behaviour. As a single Mum for over 10 yrs of their life we just muddled along and we have been able to create strategies to prevent meltdowns and stressful situations. I really didn't think I was doing anything out of the ordinary.
It wasn't until we moved in with my partner and my child had to move to a new school that anything was picked up and the new school and the Drs have been super supportive.
Now I know that they are getting help, that's great, but I also have suddenly been made aware of how hard things have been for them and how exhausting everyday life can be. I just feel totally overwhelmed and just want to be able to chat to people who have some knowledge and experience.
I am realising now how much this has consumed me as this is meant to be an introduction of myself and all I have spoken about is my situation.
Finally a bit about me...
I am a charity worker who helps more vunerable parents get back to work. I am passionate about helping people. But I am particularly rubbish in asking for help and support myself.
I look forward to chatting and learning and supporting within this community.
Glad to hear ur child is getting good support. I have ASD/ASC myself I am not a parent ( this may change ) of a spectrum person myself. There is a parents and carers forumn thread as shown below. Have a look in there and just dive in and reply to the treads there or anywhere really.
welcome and enjoy
Hello and welcome to the forum,
You and your child may also like to check out the autistic women and non-binary network.
Hi - welcome to the group. I'm awaiting my autism diagnosis at the moment. You might find Purple Ella's YouTube videos helpful - she's an autistic adult, but is also a parent to autistic children, one of whom is transgender (I know transgender and non-binary aren't the same, but she does have experience of being mother to an LGBT child).
Welcome to the forum! I am diagnosed with ASD myself and my youngest daughter, who is 2 is also diagnosed with ASD. How far along the diagnosis journey are you?