Understanding the Autism Spectrum Disorder Grief Cycle

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When parents receive a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder for their child, life as they knew it before is never the same. Although a parent may not realize it or understand the complexities, there is a grief process that often occurs when a child is diagnosed with autism, Asperger's or other special needs. This differs from the process that one might experience with the death of a close family member or friend. Today we are going to talk about the Autism Grief Cycle and Tips for Parents and Grandparents while working through each stage. Karen and John from Autism Empowerment will explain some of what they went through when their two sons were diagnosed with autism and Asperger syndrome respectfully. Karen will also talk about how she felt after she received her own autism spectrum diagnosis. (Yes, parents on the autism spectrum can still go through the grief cycle for their own children on the spectrum!) Here are some of the topics we'll cover with tips for working through each: Shock and disbelief Denial Anger or Rage Confusion and powerlessness Depression Guilt Shame or embarrassment Fear and panic Bargaining Hope Isolation Acceptance We will also do our best to answer questions that people have sent into Autism Empowerment in advance. You can reach us at info@autismempowerment.org http://www.autismempowerment.org

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