Autism Caregivers Need Care Too!
But when we talk about autism, we often neglect the caregivers.
Look, it’s hard. There are endless hoops to jump through, a parade of doctors and therapies and the parenting, every single day.
It never ends, and there’s often no relief.
Worse, the judgment is relentless. Everybody you know suddenly has an opinion on how you’re raising your child, and especially how you’re doing it wrong, and not trying hard enough.
And when your child is autistic, the proof of your apparent failures is right there, not caring what anyone has to say about anything. And you despair.
You and I both know caregiver fatigue is real.
So today, I want to invite you to an autism community that’s going to put you first.
An autism community where you can talk about what YOU need.
An autism community where you can tell your story, find support and find the kind of answers that come from asking hard questions.
Most of all, an autism community where you can get information on both traditional AND alternative treatments and therapies so that you can feel confident in your decisions as a parent and a caregiver.
Meet some of our Unpuzzled family.
The Wildmone Family
Know that as a parent, we will never ever feel like we’ve done everything for our kids. So just embrace it. You’re always going to feel like that, that there’s always just not enough, and just be okay with it. Be okay with the incompleteness. Be okay with the imperfection because that’s just a part of being a parent. Just every day, see it as a new day. What can I do today? How can I do something good for my kids? What can I do, even if it’s just for five minutes, what can I do to make myself smile today? Just focus on today. Focus on right now. Don’t focus so much on the future because that’s stressful because you can’t control the future.
The Griffith Family
The Belt Family
The Cooper Family
“Your son is mentally retarded. It will take a lot of time, resources and money to take care of him. You are young and have your entire life ahead of you. I strongly suggest putting him in an institution where he can be well cared for. You have plenty of time to have another child if you want…”
Wait…what? I sat there for a minute while I repeated his words in my head. Did he tell me to lock away my little boy? I fought the urge to cry. To throw things. To scream. I gathered up Quon, thank the pediatrician for his valuable opinion and went home. It was there that I wept.
That was almost 30 years ago. I’m so glad I didn’t listen to that advice.
What goes on in the UnPuzzled Community?
We’re going to be talking about how to make your life more manageable.
How to feel confident in your decisions, and how to find time for self-care.
How to make meals and baths and life easier to deal with, and how to navigate paperwork and therapists and endless things to do.
Most of all, we want to be a soft place to land on the hard days, because there aren’t a lot of places like that when you’re a caregiver.
It’s called UnPuzzled, because we’re not trying to make anyone fit in to our autism community.
What Will I Find in UnPuzzled?
- Vulnerable conversations on topics that matter to you such as meltdowns, relationships with your partner and what happens when they turn 21. We even allow venting without accepting advice from others.
- Sharing of personal stories, lessons learned and inspiration.
- Mini-Courses that you can view while waiting in the therapist’s office or in the school pick-up lane such as Mindfulness, Learning Styles, Self Love and Crystal Grids. New ones are added all the time.
- Exclusive virtual events that you can attend from the comfort of your home.
- Discounts on holistic consultations for you and the entire family.
Founder Melody of Autism
Jasmine Balom Murry
Founder I am HealingOne
Dr. Tiffany McKinnon-Russell
Founder Thoughts Of A Homeschool Mom
Founder Calm & Colorful
Contessa Louise Cooper
Founder UnPuzzled & MAACenter
Who is UnPuzzled for?
Autism is the reason I’m an advocate and a caregiver. You may also be a caregiver but you call it by another diagnosis. In my eyes, we are all family if you have a child (relative) with any learning difficulties, physical disability, or emotional and behavioral difficulties. You are always welcomed in any community I create.
Join Us Today!
Come and join our family. This a community like no other.
Click the “Join UnPuzzled” button to start your free 7-day trial.