The Big Idea: Developing patience and getting support from others can help parents meet the challenges of caring for children with autism.
- Watch the video together, then have the group share their own stories about times in which they lost patience with children’s behavior and how they responded. Ask, “Looking back, is there something you wish you’d done differently?”
- Ask participants to share the particular activity or time of day when they find patience running low. During such times, what do they do? How do they recharge or “get it back”?
- On chart paper, list ways to take care of oneself, such as going for a short walk, having some tea, or taking a long, hot shower. Also discuss asking friends and family members for help running errands or doing chores, or babysitting. Talk about the need for everyday self-care (healthy diet, exercise).