It's hard! If your child has been diagnosed recently, they are grieving as well. And many of them just don't know how to deal with a special needs child. My parents were excellent from the beginning, but my ex, friends and my siblings were very unsure of how to help, so they just didn't. It's a very difficult time because your world has just been turned upside down and you have less support than ever. I would encourage you to get involved with your local special needs community - the local Autism Society has been my saving grace! Through my son's special needs preschool I met a group of moms that are my best friends now, and have been for the past 9 years - we've been through so much together and understand when one of us is upset, or can rejoice with one another over the "little" accomplishments most moms take for granted. You can't change anyone else's behavior, but you can create your own support community!
at 8:21 AM on May. 22, 2010