Hello @PapaBill , Thank you so very much for this lovely message! I have always tried to be there for my children and do my best for them to ensure they lead happy lives. Astridlora can be very hard work and she doesn't deal with change very well so it can be really hard for her sometimes. But between us all we look after and care for her, her and love her to bits. i am hoping soon, after seeking advice from an Autistic specialist than we can help get her through these difficult times. Thank you again for your message, you actually moved me to tears. xx
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Hello @TOM-RO , Thank you for taking the time out to respond to my message. And thank you for your kind words regarding the loss of my husband. It was hard for the whole family to accept and deal with, but we are a very close family and have all been there for each other since that devastating day. My son and daughter are very close to Astridlora, she is their world and they all love her very much and are always there for her when she needs them. Thank you for your advice and thoughts regarding my problem. Astridlora's problems make it difficult in helping her but you have given me some ideas as to how to help her through this. We did have special therapists who came to the house but as I said before, she would just sit in silence and never said or did anything whilst they were there. But I am going to try actually meeting an Autistic specialist in person to see if they can give me any tips on how to best help her. So thank you so much for this advice, hopefully they will be able to give me some answers and ultimately help Astridlora. I will let you know how I get on. No I don't have any support, except for the love and support I get from my children. I feel like i am coping ok though, sometimes it can be a little stressful but luckily i am a strong woman and cope well.
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My youngest daughter has Autistic Spectrum Disorder. She was diagnosed with this when she was 13, she is now nearly 18 and Astridlora is still a child. That's not a problem, I love how she's stayed more less forever young. Her body is changing and in that way she's growing up, she is a very pretty girl but I don't see her ever having a family of her own. I think she will always need to be taken care of. In 2016 my husband passed away after he was involved in a car crash, this as any death would, affected our family badly but it destroyed Astridlora. She couldn't come to terms with the fact that her dad was gone and that she would never see him again. Ever since she lost her dad she has suffered from bad nightmares where she wakes up and screams the house down! She also suffers from the fear of being left alone, some nights she won't sleep unless I am in the room with her, and other times she'll burst into tears randomly even if she was really happy only a few seconds before. Last night Astridlora burst into tears and I spent the next 3 hours cuddling her and comforting her before she finally calmed down. I think it's the death of her dad which has brought all this on, but I'm ashamed to say I don't know how to help her through this. She won't go to tthe doctors, and in the past when I've had people come to her she sits like a statue and won't speak or move until they're gone. Her older sister and brother are a great support to her, they both look after her and help me. Last week Rebecca slept in with Astridlora to comfort her. I just wish i could help her through this, but she won't see or speak to a professional so I am at a loss of what to do now. Any advice regarding this would be greatly recieved. Thank you for your time.
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Hello, my name is April. I a mum to three beautiful children, Rebacca, Matthew and my youngest Astridlora who has Autistic Spectrum Disorder. I'm here looking for some help and advice for two of my children, Matthew and Astridlora who are both facing difficult problems at the moment. I just don't want to appear like I'm burdening my problems onto you all.
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