I have had trouble finding an Autism Support group in my area (Western NY). My definition of a support group is one where parents discuss each others problems and experiences with their Autistic children, and can compare notes, even cry on each other's shoulders if they need to!!! (Kind of like what people do here on Daily Strength, which, by the way, is very helpful). My daughter (3 1/2) attends a preschool for children with developmental disabilities, and they have a Parent group. The problem is that it is NOT a support group. They provide lots of useful info. about workshops and programs on Autism, and even recreational opportunities for children with disabilities- but they have their own agenda. Last time I was there, I stood up and announced that I needed support, and no one even came over and hugged me, for ex. Do any of you have the kind of support / discussion group(s) in your area that I have described? If not, have you ever thought of starting one? How would you go about it? I really could use this kind of support. Sometimes I really feel like I am at the end of my rope with my daughter. I start getting frustrated with her and raise my voice. Then I hate myself for it, and feel like I'm a horrible parent.
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