I have 2 autistic children now aged 7 and 14 and as they have grown older I thought I could manage but are finding life extremely hard which in affect has put a massive strain on my relationship with my wife!!!!!!!! the bottom line is I act like I can cope but CANT!!!! I struggle and doubt myself as a parent as I get nervous when around the children and then shut off most probably looking like I don't care!!! is there any advice, courses or anything that I can use to help me on dealing with parenting as I should have admitted years ago that I need advice and help!!!!
You mentioned in one of your replies being interested in support groups - the NAS has a directory of different support groups across the country that you can see here - http://www.autism.org.uk/directory/browse/cid=58~aid=1.aspx - hopefully there are some nearby in your area.
The NAS also runs its own family support services in some areas. If you want to know more please call the helpline on 0808 800 4104, or have a look at the NAS services link here - http://www.autism.org.uk/directory/browse/cid=326
Hope this is of some help,
Ross - mod
Yes I certainly are interested in groups, advice and help so thank you I appreciate the information will definitely contact some of these for advice and help.