On this week’s “You’ve Got This,” I talk with Merriam Sarcia Saunders about how we can help parents who are raising kids on the autism spectrum. Merriam Sarcia Saunders, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist and ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider specializing in ADHD, autism and learning disabilities. She is an adjunct psychology professor at Dominican University and a children’s author. Her picture books, My Whirling, Twirling Motor and My Wandering, Dreaming Mind (Magination Press/APA) put a positive spin on childhood executive functioning issues. Connect with her at HowToParentADHD on Instagram/Facebook.
“You really can make an impact on another family’s life. Just as much as the child might be feeling isolated at school, the parent is probably feeling equally isolated,” Merriam said. “It’s not necessarily what we signed up for as parents when we have a child who’s not neurotypical, and there can be a lot of feelings, guilt, sense of failure as a parent, ‘Was there something I did?’ Just having other people that you feel safe with and that welcome the parent with the child on the spectrum can make such a huge difference on the family side.”
Listen to the podcast for more insights and suggestions about supporting autistic kids and their parents.