-When Autism Affects Your Family-
Autism affects more than a diagnosed individual’s life. Autism is a global health issue affecting parents, siblings, loved ones, educators, co-workers, and communities. That is why people around the world are taking time this month to build greater awareness about autism.
World Autism Awareness Week
About 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with autism, according to 2018 data from the CDC. In addition to America’s national observance throughout the month of April, the entire world has designated April 1 – 7 as World Autism Awareness Week. The goal is to acknowledge and spread knowledge about children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The scheduled autism-friendly events and activities will empower people through education and will help foster worldwide support and acceptance.
Parenting, Therapy, and Autism Acceptance
If you have an autistic child or family member, acceptance and understanding is essential. Difficult feelings and challenges, however, may develop for parents, siblings, and others in a family caring for someone with any disorder or condition. At Tampa Bay Center for Psychological Health, we believe that psychological struggles take time to develop, and therefore require patient and deep listening on the therapist’s part, and dedicated, attentive, and collaborative work between the therapist and the patient.
“Working with challenging issues in therapy and understanding feelings about the current situation can help families tremendously when dealing with diagnoses, health conditions, and other situations in life,” said Dr. Aisha Abbasi, Founder and Center Director of TBCPH.
From individual psychotherapy, to group therapy settings, there are many tools and therapies to help both adults and adolescents navigate their way through difficult struggles. Learn more about therapy, counseling, and psychological assessments on our Services page. You may also find helpful information and details about World Autism Day 2019 (April 2) at the Autism Speaks website.