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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Author Takeover: How Does Autism Affect Families? By Lorhainne Eckhart

Author Takeover is what happens when you give an author the floor, or in this case a guest post spot. Today author Lorhainne Eckhart is talking about how Autism affects not only children but their families as well. Be sure to check out my review of Lorhainne's latest book, The Forgotten Child as well as my interview with her.

How Does Autism Affect Families?
By Lorhainne Eckhart
 
Can you imagine your child who you love more than your next breath—a child who doesn’t fit in with other children. Has meltdowns in public, doesn’t talk, plays alone doing the oddest repetitive movements. Makes odd squeaky noises over and over, and instead of playing appropriately when your friends or acquaintances come to visit, climbs all over the adults latching onto their legs and hoots like an elephant.

You can’t reason with your child, and he/or she doesn’t appear to understand. And you’re at a loss as to how to how to communicate with him.

Of course it’s frustrating, but so are obtaining services for your autistic child. And if you’ve persevered and were lucky enough to get your child diagnosed, and if you were connected with a parents group in your area with autistic children. Then you’ll have valuable information for resources that the highest percentage of parents with autistic children don’t have.

Ask yourself what this does to families? Did you know the divorce rate is upwards of 85 percentage? Ever wonder why? Take a look at the community programs and parent groups, and what you’ll find is they’re mostly driven and led by mothers.

For most mothers, their children’s welfare is in the forefront of their mind, along with caring for the needs of other siblings, balancing a job, paying the bills etc. And what happens is Dad checks out--emotionally, and in many cases he’s unable to get with the program.

Take a look at what Mom’s dealing with and you’ll understand maybe Dad’s feeling left out, helpless, emotionally cut off. But who’s the one beating every bush to find therapy for their child and resources? The highest percentage of the time it’s Mom. And what she doesn’t have time to do is hand hold, or make things easier for Dad. That’s not up to her. Frankly she’s exhausted and doing everything imaginable to keep her family together.

But let’s be fair. Do all men checkout? No. In fact there are a few strong amazing men who have stepped up to the plate to advocate, pound on doors, and fight for help for their child. As well as a few strong men, who come together in harmony with their spouse to share the emotional strain that the early stages of autism takes on families.

Ever asked yourself why so many Dad’s of special needs children are not in the picture, or have any part of advocating for their child?




Lorhainne Eckhart is a member of the RWA, Sisters in Crime and Victoria RWA. She lives on a small Island in the Northern Gulf. And somewhere in her busy schedule she finds time to write and be a full-time Mom to her three children. She is the mother of a special needs child, her greatest gift having to learn organization and how to stay focused on what’s really important in life. She lives by simple rules the same she teaches her children, stay honest, keep your word always, never take advantage of anyone and treat everyone with respect. She’s an advocate for children with special needs. Passionate about preserving our environment and much of what Lorhainne advocates finds a way into each of her stories.



Thank you Lorhainne!


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