Tips to Thrive as a Parent of Autism

Support, not advice. Coaching for what matters to you as a parent. For #warrior moms still advocating for their child and for those who are parenting an adult with autism or other needs.

Parents of special needs children and struggling young adults value support, not someone giving impossible advice that leaves one feeling guilty or like a parenting failure. It’s hard to know what to do. Each phase of parenting and each stage of a son or daughter’s development brings its own challenges. 

Coaching for parents of adults with autism, at Morgan Guidance Services, is full of empathy and highly trained by Duke Health. It’s about safety first. Safety for your own nervous system. Safety in relationships.

Coaching can be educational. 

It is not advice-giving. 

Coaching is about the parent identifying their focus.

It is not about the coach telling you what to do.

Coaching is focused on parent or personal goals.

It is not a parenting program.

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For some, coaching has a negative connotation.

This might be based on past experience with a coach who tried to teach you how to be a better parent or gave advice that didn’t work for you or your child. It might be based on a misunderstanding of the true nature of coaching.

Not to geek out or anything but coaching is defined as:

“A patient-centered approach wherein patients at least partially determine their goals, use self-discovery or active learning processes together with content education to work toward their goals, and self-monitor behaviors to increase accountability, all within the context of an interpersonal relationship with a coach.”

You might ask how this definition applies to Parent Coaching and Parent Support at Morgan Guidance Services:

  • Coaching is Parent Centered
  • Coaching is Parent Driven 
  • Coaching is culturally competent for your home, your family, your values, your faith, your persuasion.
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You can read here to learn what the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching has to say about health coaching.

Our coaches have the personal lived experience of being Special Needs parents. We’ve been in your shoes or similar shoes. We have weathered the storm. We believe in your ability to rise up and not sink down with parenting pressures. 

The demands of parenting vary by the age of the person with special needs. In the early years, it’s all about hope and potential and navigating school. It’s about getting services. As the person approaches emerging adulthood, the focus shifts to promoting independence. By this point, a parent’s life is typically very intertwined with the life of the young adult. And not always in ways that feel so healthy. Chronic stress is starting to impact. Eventually, the #warrior mom realizes her warrior years might be waning and it’s time for a new focus.

What will that focus be?

  • Personal health?
  • Stress reduction for parents?
  • Re-engaging life or creating new hobbies now that your son or daughter is grown?
  • Redefining your role as a primary caregiver?
  • Working on long-term care?
  • Practicing Self-care, that is more than a piece of dark chocolate?
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Contact us today to make time for what is most important to you and your well-being. 

What would you like to do more of? 

What changes do you know you need to make? 

Want to get started on your own? Plan a rendezvous with yourself. Set aside some time to consider your life. What could be different in 3-6 months? What will life look like in five years if you don’t make some changes?

Receive our Top 10 Reflection Questions for Health and Well-being here.

    Receive Support for Parents of Autistic Adults in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Across the United States

    You are not alone and we are here for you. Our parent coaching ensures you are supported until you reach your goals for health and well-being, whatever you determine those goals to be. 

    As neurodivergent specialists, Morgan Guidance Services also offers support in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and anywhere in the United States. Start your therapy journey by following these simple steps:

    1. Contact us or book a complimentary consultation
    2. Talk with one of our educational consultants
    3. Start coping with autism, stress, and learning self-care techniques today!

    Other Educational & Therapeutic Services we Offer in the US

    Support for parents of autistic adults isn’t the only service we offer. We are happy to offer a variety of services including patient advocacy, planning for individuals with Asperger Syndrome and ASD, transition planning, consultation on therapeutic boarding schools,  and career counseling. All of these services are available in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and throughout the United States.

    About The Author

    Elaine Morgan, is the founder of Morgan Guidance Service. She is an experienced Educational and Career Counselor, Patient Advocate, and Health and Wellbeing Coach trained by Duke Health. She specializes in assisting parents, guardians, and caregivers seeking the best private schools for autism. Elaine combines her years of professional experience and her personal experience as a parent to empower families. Schedule a consultation to explore the benefits of health and well-being coaching for yourself or Educational Consulting for a son or daughter. Our work will be tailored to your needs, and our mission is to create a plan for your loved one with Autism while prioritizing your own well-being as the caregiver.

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